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"The Wire" Already Did This Story

I'm not sure why a potentially new scandal involving the abuse of Patriot Act provisions by the FBI is even making the news just now. The third season of the critically acclaimed HBO show, "The Wire" already had that in their storyline when the local police were frustrated in tracking phone calls of a drug dealer:

Lieutenant Cedric Daniels: (to FBI Agent Terrence Fitzhugh) How did you get around the wiretap laws? Agent Fitzhugh: What's Stringer's given name? Lieutenant Daniels: Uh, Russel Bell, why? Agent Fitzhugh: Well, for the time being, his momma named him "Ahmed".