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Tampa's Jill Kelley sues FBI, DOD and various federal agencies

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Monday, Jill and Dr. Scott Kelley filed a lawsuit against the FBI, DOD, and other federal entities within the United States government.  Jill Kelley, is the Tampa woman tied to a scandal that forced CIA director General David Petraeus to resign his position after she reported that she received threatening e-mails from the General's mistress.  Jill Kelly and her husband released the following statement outlining the reasons for their lawsuit:

Today is an unforgettable day because one year ago threatening emails shook my life, and ultimately changed our country's leadership.  It was under the faithful direction of our concerned military leaders, that I went to the law enforcement to seek the proper protection for my family, our Commanders, and top US Officials.

But unfortunately, we did not receive the confidentiality and protection.  Instead we received highly hurtful and damaging publicity from willful leaks from high level government officials that were false and defamatory.

In addition, we also learned that our personal emails were wrongfully searched, and improperly disclosed.  As damaging as these wrongful acts were for my family, our military, and our country's leadership...I was raised with the belief "if you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem."

With that said, this ill-fated day one year ago has made me an advocate for privacy rights for every American.  I will demand that victims of a crime, have their names well guarded and their privacy protected; And that every law abiding citizen, the members of media, and including our brave servicemen, will not have their personal communications improperly and unreasonably searched by overreaching government or any other abuse of government powers.

Our government can and should do better than intrude on the privacy and dignity of citizens like my family and yours, and our public officials should treat our personal lives with the respect that our Constitution, laws like the Privacy Act, and standards of common decency require.

Until our privacy laws and practices truly give us both privacy and protection, I'll continue to advocate for reform, so others don't go through the challenges my friends and family endured.

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