FBI agents seeking phone records used 'startling' methods
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.
| January 20, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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