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Lisa Vaas, July 27, 2007


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Lacking something to read at the beach this summer? Problem solved: There are 1,138 pages detailing FBI activity that need to be pored over by good citizens so as to ferret out abuse of power.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has requested that people "dive into the docs," all of which are freely downloadable, with searchable text, from the nonprofit group's Web site.

The documents were released after the EFF sued the government under the Freedom of Information Act in April. At that time, the EFF asked a judge to issue an emergency order requiring the FBI to immediately release agency records about its abuse of NSLs (National Security Letters). The FBI used NSLs to collect personal information on U.S. citizens after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Before the passage of the Patriot Act, the FBI was restricted to using the NSLs to secure the records of suspected terrorists or spies. Under the Patriot Act, the FBI gained the power to use NSLs to get telephone, Internet, financial, credit and other personal records about anybody without any court approval, as long as the information might be relevant to an authorized terrorism or espionage investigation.
[Source: eWEEK.com]

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[Source: eWEEK.com]

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I wanted to help out on this, but I was never able to find out exactly what they want done with the docs. Anybody here know what they're looking for?
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I wanted to help out on this, but I was never able to find out exactly what they want done with the docs. Anybody here know what they're looking for?
Like they don't have the budget to develop their own OCR super system with fully indexing server included. & doesn't opening all this documents to the public compromise national security .
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Like they don't have the budget to develop their own OCR super system with fully indexing server included. & doesn't opening all this documents to the public compromise national security .
These documents were made available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. They relate to the FBI abusing methods of national security to unlawfully gain access to citizens' private information. If that compromises national security the nation needs to be less secure

**EDIT**
This work is being done by the Electronic Freedom Frontier - not the FBI. The FBI are the ones being sued because of the abuses revealed by these docs
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Like they don't have the budget to develop their own OCR super system with fully indexing server included. & doesn't opening all this documents to the public compromise national security .
This is not for the FBI, a place sued them and the FBI was forced to release documents. Now that orginiazation wants people to help them look over the documents, so that we know the FBI wasn't abusing their power.

I think you are just supposed to look through and see if they are doing anything shady or somesuch like that.
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These documents were made available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. They relate to the FBI abusing methods of national security to unlawfully gain access to citizens' private information. If that compromises national security the nation needs to be less secure

**EDIT**
This work is being done by the Electronic Freedom Frontier - not the FBI. The FBI are the ones being sued because of the abuses revealed by these docs
now I get it. thx
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This is not for the FBI, a place sued them and the FBI was forced to release documents. Now that orginiazation wants people to help them look over the documents, so that we know the FBI wasn't abusing their power.

I think you are just supposed to look through and see if they are doing anything shady or somesuch like that.

Interestingly, Electronic Frontier Foundation have done a lot of significant progress within the years.
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hmm..maybe if I am realllly bored

For all I know, I will report an abuse of power and then that incriminating information will be confiscated and disposed of.
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