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FBI agents seeking phone records used 'startling' methods

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Justice Department correspondent Carrie Johnson:

FBI agents seeking telephone records demanded information from phone companies in a variety of "startling" and illicit methods, including e-mail and post-it notes, in an "egregious breakdown" of safeguards and oversight, the Justice Department's inspector general reported Wednesday.

The long-awaited investigative report describes numerous lapses by FBI agents seeking material through more than 700 emergency letters to phone service providers between 2002 and 2006, many of which did not involve real urgency, officials said.

One FBI agent interviewed in connection with the probe said the process became so casual that "it [was] like having an ATM in your living room," according to the report.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | January 20, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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This is happening too often. Is it that no one has a completely pure record or is it because the wrong people are being choosen? I was one that thought Obama was the best man that I have ever voted for and I have long defended his policies but I am very disappointed in most of his actions or lack of action.

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