The Homeland Security State
By Nicholas Turse, Tomdispatch.com.
Part I: The Military Half
If you're reading this on the internet, the FBI may be spying on you at this very moment.
Under provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the Department of Justice has been collecting e-mail and IP (a computer's unique numeric identifier) addresses, without a warrant, using trap-and-trace surveillance devices ("pen-traps"). Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Justice's principle investigative arm, may be monitoring the web-surfing habits of internet users – also without a search warrant – that is, spying on you with no probable cause whatsoever.