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FBI’s Chabinsky: Don’t Worry About Privacy, We’re Watching You

Steven Chabinsky, Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Division of the FBI, testifying to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security on Cybersecurity and civil libertiesIn this morning’s hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security, FBI Cyber Division Steven Chabinsky just declared that Americans need not worry about privacy concerns when the FBI engages in cybersurveillance, because the FBI is sure to follow the directions of its operations manual on the subject.

The FBI operations manual declares “this is not to say that any diminishment of First Amendment rights is unconstitutional” and permits in-person and electronic surveillance of people and groups without constitutional warrants or any suspicion of wrongdoing.

In a way, the FBI’s Steve Chabinsky is right: you needn’t worry about maintaining your privacy; the government has made sure you don’t have any.

4 thoughts on “FBI’s Chabinsky: Don’t Worry About Privacy, We’re Watching You”

  1. Paen says:

    Did these people swear to preserve and protect the constitution or did they swear to use it as ass whipe.

    1. Jim says:

      Guess whether any either of the *two* senators who actually bothered to show up to hear Chabinsky’s testimony asked him a critical question on this point.

      You know the answer.

  2. HisBigBrother says:

    I trust Chabinsky and his FBI buddies to protect our country against our cyber enemies way more than I trust you and your civil liberties cynics.

    1. F.G. Fitzer says:

      Which cyber enemies? Word of Warcraft trolls? Dancing babies on YouTube?

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