Ghost of J. Edgar Hoover haunts FBI's e-mail surveillance plans

privacy       2000-08-21 
J. Edgar Hoover is long gone, but the recent backlash over Carnivore, the FBI's new Internet snoop software, proves his reputation for surveillance at all costs has not been forgotten. The software, designed to give the FBI the equivalent of a wiretap - but for e-mail - has drawn criticism from privacy advocates in Congress and the American Civil Liberties Union who say the nation's top cops shouldn't be able to sift through our electronic conversations. The FBI's response: "Trust us."