The EyeOpener- National Security Letters

Eviscerating the Constitution Since 1978

BFP VideoThe passage of the Patriot Act in October 2001 is by now an all-too-familiar story. The American people, already suffering from the trauma of 9/11, were pushed into outright panic by the anthrax attacks, a series of anthrax-laced mailings that killed five, injured 17 and shut down Congress for the first time in modern history. The Act itself was introduced on a Tuesday and signed into law on Friday, before anyone had read let alone understood the sweeping changes it would introduce to American law.

Some of those changes were amendments to a little-known and little-used FBI instrument called National Security Letters, which allow the FBI and other agencies to issue businesses and institutions requests for private data on citizens, including financial transactions and communications records, regardless of whether or not they are even suspected of any crime, and to hold that data indefinitely. One of the most worrying aspects of the letters is the non-disclosure clause, which not only prohibits recipients from disclosing the contents of the letter, but even the fact that they have received a letter at all.

This is our EyeOpener Report by James Corbett, presenting the FBI’s National Security Letters and its predecessor- the 1978 Right to Financial Privacy Act, the aggressive expansion of the program’s scope with the passage of PATRIOT ACT, the gag order accompanying the letters - the non-disclosure clause, the collusion between the FBI, CIA and DOD in the issuance and implementation of these letters, and exposing the macrocosm of the police state control grid as a whole through this tyrannical tool.

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*The Transcript for this video is available at Corbett Report: Click Here

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  1. jschoneboom says:

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, beautifully done James, once again. I’ve noticed with much appreciation your recent emphasis in your pieces on the fact that the people are not powerless, that we can resist, that we can resist successfully, that the whole police state house of cards rests on our acceptance of it, that it is within our power to bring it down and assert our rights. That’s the most important message of all. It sometimes seems hopeless — how would we ever organize to the required degree? — but if enough people get indignant and recognize the reality that in fact We the People are in control if we choose to be….well then a wild fire can start. Keep lighting those sparks!

  2. I subscribed to boiling frogs because of James Corbett and the eye opener report. I am looking forward to getting to listen to all the other great pod casts and such. Thank you all for your courage and strength

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