Are the Feds Reading Your E-Mail?
Senators from both parties are accusing the FBI of excessive secrecy and demanding details of how federal agents use antiterrorist laws to spy on people’s Internet activity. The Domestic Surveillance Oversight Act is called “the first comprehensive, public FBI oversight effort in decades” by cosponsor Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont. He is teaming with Republican Senators Charles Grassley of Iowa and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania to force greater accountability by investigative agencies. All three are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Their legislation requires FBI and Department of Justice agents to tell how often they spy on American citizens, under powers granted by the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and expanded in the Patriot Act of 2001. The demand for a report on how the DOJ and FBI use those broader surveillance powers comes as the investigators apparently seek even more authority. Full Story