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Surveillance Under the Patriot Act.

SURVEILLANCE UNDER THE PATRIOT ACT Hastily passed 45 days after 9/11 in the name of national security... The Patriot Act was the first of many changes to reporting records, and track the activity of surveillance laws that made it easier for the innocent Americans on the Internet. While most government to spy on ordinary Americans by Americans think it was created to catch expanding the authority to monitor phone and terrorists, the Patriot Act actually turns regular email communications, collect bank and credit citizens into suspects. "I want to deliver a warning... when the American people find out how their government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act, they will be stunned and they will be angry." National Security Letters (NSLS) are issued by FBI agents, without a judge's approval, to obtain personal information... Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), May 26, 2011 SOURCE: 1 FBI NSL Between 2003 and 2006, the FBI issued 192,499 NSLS Phone Computer Which led to Records Records 1 terror-related conviction SOURCE: 2 Banking History Credit The conviction would History have occurred even without the Patriot Act. SOURCE: 3 Abuse of Privacy: The Patriot Act does not require information obtained by NSLS to be destroyed – even if the information is determined to YOUR INFO: concern innocent Americans. SAVED FOREVER At least 34,000 law enforcement and intelligence agents have access to phone records collected through NSLS. In response to 9 NSLS, 11,100 Americans' telephone account records were turned over to the FBI. SOURCE: 4 The Patriot Act prohibits Americans who receive NSLS from telling anyone. These "gag order" provisions have PATRIOT ACT been held unconstitutional in several legal cases. Between 2003 and 2005, the FBI made 53 reported criminal referrals to prosecutors as a result of 143,074 NSLS. 143,074 NSLS 53 REPORTED CRIMINAL REFERRALS: 17 17 19 were for related to involved were for MONEY IMMIGRATION FRAUD TERRORISM LAUNDERING SOURCE: 5 "Sneak & Peek" Searches: The Patriot Act allows federal law enforcement agencies to delay giving notice when they conduct secret searches of Americans' homes and offices- a fundamental change to Fourth Amendment privacy protections and search warrants. This means that government agents can enter a house, apartment or office with a search warrant when the occupant is away, search through his/her property and take photographs-in some cases seizing property and electronic communications-and not tell the owner until later. Of the 3,970 Sneak & Peeks in 2010: 76% drug-related 24% other <1% terror-related SOURCE: 6 ACLU TO LEARN MORE, VISIT ACLU.ORG/PATRIOT A FACEBOOK.COM/ACLU.NATIONWIDE E TWITTER.COM/ACLU AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION Source 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts on Applications for Delayed-Notice Search Warrants and Extensions for fiscal year 2010, on file with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

Surveillance Under the Patriot Act.

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After 9/11 The Patriot Act was meant to protect Americans of another attack, however it also took away a lot of privacy rights formerly granted to America. This infographic shows exactly how privacy w...




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