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Posted 06-15-2011 at 03:37 PM by Peufelon
Updated 06-15-2011 at 04:42 PM by Peufelon

The title comes from a line in a news story, "F.B.I. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds", by Charlie Savage, which appeared in the New York Times (reprinted in
The manual clarifies the definition of who qualifies for extra protection as a legitimate member of the news media in the Internet era: prominent bloggers would count, but not people who have low-profile blogs.
So if you don't like what I say in my blog, don't sue me, SAR me!
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    Which manual would that be? And what or who keeps you from defining yourself as "a legitimate member of the news media in the Internet era"?
    Posted 06-16-2011 at 07:24 AM by unSpawn unSpawn is offline
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    Sorry, didn't see your comment until now. I'll try to find a leaked copy of the manual for you and post it here.

    Answer to the second question: only the US FBI (or even better, the US courts, who according to the US Constitution should decide such questions) can explain more fully what the criteria are, but it seems obvious that the intent is to prevent "plain jane" netizens who just start something labeled "blog", like this one, from arguing that under the new rules an FBI agent would at least need to seek approval from a supervisor before rummaging through the author's private life. When I find the link you can read it yourself and see what you think they mean.
    Posted 09-03-2011 at 10:02 PM by Peufelon Peufelon is offline
    Updated 09-03-2011 at 10:07 PM by Peufelon


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