1,745 - Number of requests in 2011 to a Secret Court to wiretap and search
16,511 - Number of National Security Letter requests where the government can search your private records without a warrant in violation of the Bill of Rights
Secret Courts and searches without a warrant by armed Federal Agents. I am not living in the United States anymore. Somehow I woke up in some Orwellian nightmare Big Brother State where the Founding Fathers never existed and the American Revolution never happened.
What is sick beyond words is this new Orwellian America is a bi-partisan creation of both Democrats and Republicans. Both parties eagerly pass laws growing a Big Brother State in total violation of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
See our recent article: THE FEDERALIST - "Congress Abolishes the Bill of Rights."
Secret Courts - The Justice Department made 1,745 requests to a secret court for authority to wiretap or search for evidence in terrorism and espionage investigations last year. That's according to an April 30 letter from the department to the Senate that was first reported Thursday by the Federation of American Scientists.
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The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which meets in secret to hear classified evidence from government attorneys, did not reject any of the requests, though judges did require modifications to 30 requests reports the Associated Press.
It was an increase over 2010, when the department made 1,579 requests.
National Security Letter (NSL) - The FBI also made 16,511 national security letter requests for information in 2011.
The letters allow officials to collect virtually unlimited kinds of sensitive, private information like financial and phone records all without a warrant..
The letter is a form of administrative subpoena used by the FBI and reportedly by other U.S. government agencies including the CIA and the Department of Defense. They require no probable cause or judicial oversight. An NSL is a demand letter issued to a particular entity or organization to turn over various record and data pertaining to individuals. NSLs can only request non-content information, such as transactional records, phone numbers dialed or email addresses mailed to and from. They also contain a gag order, preventing the recipient of the letter from disclosing that the letter was ever issued.
The Founding Fathers are turning over in their graves . . . again.
Then the face of Big Brother faded away again and instead the three slogans of the Party stood out in bold capitals:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
George Orwell (1984) Book I, Chapter I