by user Towncommons
There is a partisan storm on the horizon in response to the Dept. of Justice's Inspector General's report on FBI usage of National Security Letters, otherwise known as NSL's. And it appears to be both out of proportion to the scope of the problem and destined to lead to changes that will only further handcuff our counterterrorism efforts.
Prior to 9-11, our counterintelligence system was dysfunctional for a myriad of reasons. For example, Chinese walls prevented sharing of information, and there was difficulty in getting timely FISA warrants to examine potential terrorist leads such as to examine the 20th hijacker, Zacharias Moussaoui's, hard drive. Those are just two examples of many systemic problems. In the aftermath of 9-11, and in response to the systemic problems, the government implemented the Patriot Act, one provision of which -- Section 505 -- deals with NSL's.
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