FBI's Use of 'National Security Letters' Questioned Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine says the FBI improperly — and in some cases, illegally — used documents authorized by the USA Patriot Act to obtain personal information about people it was investigating.

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FBI's Use of 'National Security Letters' Questioned

FBI's Use of 'National Security Letters' Questioned

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The FBI is under fire for the way it has used "national security" letters. Authorized by the USA Patriot Act, the documents are used to secretly obtain telephone, e-mail and financial records in national security cases. But the Justice Department's inspector general, Glenn Fine, says that the FBI improperly — and in some cases, illegally - -used the letters to obtain personal information.