* In 2006, the FBI obtained the e-mail communications from all the accounts of an American company without the warrant required by the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
* The FBI has not disclosed how it used the information in those e-mails, other than to say that eventually the e-mails themselves were destroyed.
* This episode was not isolated. A government source indicated that “Itâ€™s inevitable that these things will happen. Itâ€™s not weekly, but itâ€™s common.”
* In the associated FBI report on the matter, the FBI classifies the episode as being irrelevant to civil rights.
* The people whose constitutional rights were violated in this regard were never informed.
* Such episodes are not limited to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The NSA (National Security Agency) also swept up the content of entirely American conversations without so much as a warrant.
This information was obtained by the E.F.F thanks to a lawsuit — exactly the sort of lawsuit that the Bush administration, the Republican party and a surprising number of Democrats have shown great interest in bringing to an end with their FISA Amendments Act. Get it? What you really see going on in front of you in the Congress is an effort to keep this kind of revelation from ever reaching your eyes again.