military expands domestic surveillance

from new york times: The Pentagon has been using a little-known power to obtain banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage inside the United States, part of an aggressive expansion by the military into domestic intelligence gathering.

The C.I.A. has also been issuing what are known as national security letters to gain access to financial records from American companies, though it has done so only rarely, intelligence officials say.

Banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions receiving the letters usually have turned over documents voluntarily, allowing investigators to examine the financial assets and transactions of American military personnel and civilians, officials say.

The F.B.I., the lead agency on domestic counterterrorism and espionage, has issued thousands of national security letters since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, provoking criticism and court challenges from civil liberties advocates who see them as unjustified intrusions into Americans’ private lives.

One response to “military expands domestic surveillance”

  1. Moriah Avatar

    That’s interesting.
    What’s your take on the Pentagon’s ways of obtaining banking and credit records of Americans?

    Thanks for checking out my blog, and I do agree with you that the Bible does say not to kill, but the same Bible says in Ecclesiastes 2:8 that there is a time for war and a time for peace.
    If you are talking about the Iraqi War then I believe it is a time for war. Maybe not necessarily in the way that the U.S. Goverment is handling it, but I believe that we must defend our country. What’s your take on the issue?

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