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Nov 10, 2013

FBI-email-inbox-threatening-suspicious-snooping-invasion-privacy-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationby Tim Cushing, Techdirt

As we just recently covered, the FBI’s enthusiasm for starting investigations far outweighs its interest in ensuring they are justifiable. A site owner who forwarded an email containing a threat to hack his site was misinterpreted by an FBI agent to be a threat against the agency, kicking off (at least) six years of monitoring. Even as evidence failed to pile up, the investigation went continued unabated, ultimately costing the site owners’ a chunk of income as donors scattered when news of the investigation became public.

Here’s yet another example of the FBI’s mentality at work — seizing on anything as an excuse to dig into personal information. This particular person was Jill Kelley who, because of the FBI’s actions, became part of the national sideshow involving General Petraeus’ affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. On the advice of military officials, Kelley reported the suspected cyberstalking of her and her husband to the FBI. Apparently, the FBI felt this gave it free rein to invade Kelley’s privacy.

We authorized the FBI to look at one threatening email we received, and only that email, so that the FBI could identify the stalker. However, the FBI ignored our request and violated our trust by unlawfully searching our private emails and turning us into the targets of an intrusive investigation without any just cause—all the while without informing us that they had identified the email stalker as Paula Broadwell, who was having an affair with Mr. Petraeus.

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