30,000 Americans every year receive a National Security Letter from the FBI
- From section 505 of USA PATRIOT Act
Cannot be used to authorize eavesdropping or email reading.
- No expiration date or sunset clause.
- FBI does not have to disclose what it is looking for
George Christian and the ACLU are challenging a National Security Letter.
- Collected data is stored after investigation/need is over
- Can be shared freely among government agencies
- Can be used for records about where a person spends money, their current and previous residences, travels, investments, web searches, telephone and email contacts.
Requests into oversight have been ignored by DoJ
- The 2nd of known challenges to National Security Letters.