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  •  Whether letter or subpoena (0+ / 0-)

    What would be illegal about either?

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Tue May 14, 2013 at 11:08:18 AM PDT

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    •  National security letter authority (0+ / 0-)

      is limited by law to particular circumstances, which this situation may or may not have met.

      see this and this.  For a counterterrorism case phone records are included, but investigating a leak falls under 50 USC § 436:

      Any authorized investigative agency may request from any financial agency, financial institution, or holding company, or from any consumer reporting agency, such financial records, other financial information, and consumer reports as may be necessary in order to conduct any authorized law enforcement investigation, counterintelligence inquiry, or security determination. Any authorized investigative agency may also request records maintained by any commercial entity within the United States pertaining to travel by an employee in the executive branch of Government outside the United States.
      I don't see anything about call logs.  But this case does illustrate why it's so important to push back against the attempts to treat leakers as though they were foreign spies.

      What are you doing to fight the dangerous and counterproductive error of treating dirtbag terrorist criminals as though they were comic book supervillains? I can't believe we still have to argue this shit, let alone on Daily Kos.

      by happymisanthropy on Tue May 14, 2013 at 12:09:41 PM PDT

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