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FBI admits that no major terror cases have been solved using Patriot Act snooping powers

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FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.

 

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents, and increasingly scooped up records of Americans who had no ties to official terrorism investigations.

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  • DJohn1

    This just a thought from a fellow who read my comment on the original article. Nice, that he provided this information.
    “The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Fiscal Year (FY) 2014
    budget request proposes a total of $8,292,669,000 in direct budget
    authority, including 34,787 permanent positions(13,082 Special Agents
    (SAs), 3,026 Intelligence Analysts (IAs), and 18,679 professional staff
    (PS)) and 36,442 full time equivalents (FTE). The request includes a
    total of $8,211,687,000 for Salaries and Expenses (S&E) and
    $80,982,000 for Construction to address the FBI’s highest priorities.”
    Now we have no results from all that money?
    Maybe the money needs to go to someone that might give us results. Someone likely to use it better than the useless accumulation of data that is mainly not useful for gathering intelligence needed to keep another 9/11 from occurring.
    Buried in that data is the next target. But how to find that target in time?
    Are we being set up for another 9/11?
    My own analysis says yes. It will more than likely be a major transportation hub. That includes Seattle, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, St. Louis, and more. This is guess work at best. At worse, we have no idea where they might attempt to strike next.
    Suicidal attacks where the soldiers involved have no intention of surviving are always difficult to predict.
    I suggest that any foreign national might be the one to do the deed.
    That includes millions of people that are totally innocent of any wrong doing.

    No country on the planet has the resources to effectively stop something like that.
    This money also does not include the money needed by National Security to defend us. There is a huge cross jurisdiction here.