The U.S. Justice Department recently asked for and got permission from a District Judge to monitor e-mails without any evidence of criminal behavior.
“The request had a twist: Instead of asking to eavesdrop on the contents of the e-mail messages, which would require some evidence of wrongdoing, prosecutors instead requested the identities of the correspondents. Also included in the request was header information like date and time and Internet address–but not subject lines.”
According to District Judge Thomas Hogan, amendments to the Patriot Act would make such a request legal, so long as the surveillance is “relevant” to an investigation.
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