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03/28/07--Rep. Heather A. Wilson, R-N.M., during the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on the use of national security letters by the FBI. The report by Justice Department Inspector General Glen A. Fine found that FBI agents skirted the statutory requirements and Justice Department guidelines on the issuance of national security letters (NSL) used to obtain telephone, e-mail, travel and financial records of Americans during terrorism investigations. The report also found that the bureau issued hundreds of exigent letters Ñ emergency requests for information Ñ to obtain telephone billing records and other subscriber information by telling telephone companies that subpoenas would follow. The report was mandated by the 2006 reauthorization (PL 109-177) of expiring provisions in the 2001 anti-terrorism law (PL 107-56) known as the Patriot Act. Some lawmakers had wanted to go further in rewriting the Patriot Act than Congress did last year. The inspector generalÕs report has rekindled the issue. Now, lawmakers have embarked on a series of oversight hearings as they assess whether and how to rewrite the law. Congressional Quarterly by Photo Scott J. Ferrell

03/28/07--Rep. Heather A. Wilson, R-N.M., during the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on the use of national security letters by the FBI. The report by Justice Department Inspector General Glen A. Fine found that FBI agents skirted the statutory requirements and Justice Department guidelines on the issuance of national security letters (NSL) used to obtain telephone, e-mail, travel and financial records of Americans during terrorism investigations. The report also found that the...
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