National Security Letters: Use or Misuse?

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It's a dangerous world, we know that. Last night hotels were blown up in Amman, Jordan. In California, indictments are being handed out on the attempted sale of surface to air missiles. But exactly how far should the US government go in domestic surveillance for counter- terrorism?

The fact appears to be it's already gone mighty far with so-called "national security letters" from the FBI which amount to 30,000 a year now. They are issued, secretly, under the Patriot Act with no judicial oversight. They require Americans to cough up loads of information on colleagues and clients - maybe you — and to never breathe a word to anyone of what they've done.

Hear about new revelations on exploding domestic surveillance in the war on terror.


Barton Gellman, National Reporter for the Washington Post;
Valerie Caproni, General Counsel for the FBI;

Peter DeFazio, Democratic congressman from Oregon, member of the House Homeland Security Committee;

Colleen Rowley, former FBI Agent, in 1992, she exposed lapses in the investigation of suspected Al Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui;

Jim Dempsey, Executive Director of Center for Democracy & Technology;

Ronald Kessler, author of "The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI."

This program aired on November 10, 2005.


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