A U.S. House of Representatives panel approved a measure Thursday that would impose an expiration date on the availability of emergency subpoenas used to obtain telephone and financial data. The new measure, passed by the House Judiciary Committee in a vote of 16-10, would end the special use of national security letters (NSLs) granted under the U.S. Patriot Act by Dec. 31, 2013. The subpoenas allow investigators to obtain bank, telephone and e-mail records in urgent terrorist investigations without the approval of a federal judge. The bill, introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), would also require investigators to record "specific...
A U.S. lawmaker is calling on the Obama administration to restrict how federal investigators use a controversial subpoena to obtain financial and other records, echoing a bill that U.S. officials have voiced support for.
The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a Senate-approved bill that would pressure foreign financial institutions to disclose their U.S. clients and extend government subpoena powers of financial records.
A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that certain sections of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow law enforcement agents to conduct searches and surveillance without showing probable cause.
Many bank employees can't differentiate between SAR-related and other information requests they receive from law enforcement agencies, regulators and other financial institutions. As a result, some hinder financial investigations by ignoring the requests.