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FBI chief demands broader surveillance powers
Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:39AM
Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com
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FBI Chief Robert Mueller

Speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, FBI Chief Robert Mueller lamented that the current level of Internet surveillance, now known to be enormously broad and capturing huge amounts of ordinary Americansday-to-day emails, is insufficient for his goals.

 

Direct server access to the PRISM Nine, along with all the other indirect surveillance available to the administration, and a FISA court warrant system that signs off on literally every single request, no matter how asinine, covers an awful lot of ground.

 

But conceivably two people could still communicate in other ways online without it being hoovered up as a matter of course.

 

Thats a terrifying notion to Mueller, who insisted thatcriminals and terrorists” (and everyone else) have access to communications tools that he cant always immediately spy on, and getting warrants keeps him from gettingtimelyaccess. So he wants more unilateral authority.

 

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was quick to reject the notion, noting that the government already has ridiculous levels of surveillance ongoing at any given time, and describing asbreathtakingthe notion that they would ask for even more.

 

Since Mueller did use the wordterroristin his remarks, however, it will likely mean broad support in the Senate for whatever he wants.

 

AHT/DT

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