Letter of the Law

Friday, November 11, 2005


Since its passage after September 11th, the USA Patriot Act has become institutionalized in law enforcement, especially at the FBI. The Bureau relies on relaxed legal requirements for issuing National Security Letters, a form of secret subpoena introduced in the 1970s to track transactions of suspected terrorists. The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman recently reported on this investigative tool and discusses it with Bob.

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