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3. Re: No subject Nov 8, 2005, 06:34 Orogogus
The article suggests that they 300 letters were issued each year prior to the Patriot Act, and says they were created in the 1970s. Googling for "national security letter" suggests (here: that the FBI has had this authority as far back as 1978.

"The National Security Letter was originally authorized under three statutes, 18 U.S.Code 2709, 12 U.S.Code 3414, and 15 U.S.Code 1681u."

Looking up those codes produces the following (click on the "Notes" links on each page for the publication dates):

Sec. 3414, 1978

Sec. 2709, 1982

Sec. 1681u, 1996

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2. Re: No subject Nov 8, 2005, 01:54 Ray Marden
How much you want to bet some secretary got paper stock mixed up and sent out the bake sale flyer on those...

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1. No subject Nov 8, 2005, 01:10 MacD
"National security letter use up 10,000%."

What, they still haven't issued one? A couple of years ago, these things didn't exist; a thousand percent of nothing is still zero. Sure, they might mean that 10.000 of the things have been issued, but issn't anyone bothered by the fact that as written, this blurb states that not a single one of these letters has been issued?
Not a knock on you, Blue, but more at the MSM which has kept this headline going.

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