The DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducted the review under the terms of the 2005 Patriot Act renewal legislation, and found according to officials interviewed by AP that the Bureau had under-reported usage by some 20 percent due to improper record-keeping procedures.
JURIST has this review of the FBI’s handling of “National Security Letters,” which per the Patriot Act allow the FBI to seize erstwhile private telephone, business, and financial letters without prior judicial approval. Interesting article. FBI Director Mueller has already taken corrective measures and promises to correct the underreporting.
“Give me liberty or give me death,” goes the phrase. Given recent (and to me unforeseeable) returns to corrupt and unaccountable government in other corners of the world, this sort of relatively quick transparency is refreshing. We can still be proud to call ourselves Americans.