View Full Version : New FBI Powers To Move America One Step Closer To Police State

Mrs. Lyfing
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008, 01:46 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) US lawmakers on Thursday expressed concern about a Justice Department plan to set new guidelines for FBI investigations that would widen powers to investigate people without basis for suspicion.

"We are particularly concerned that the draft guidelines might permit an innocent American to be subjected to such intrusive surveillance based in part on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or on protected First Amendment activities," said the letter addressed to Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

In it, the four Democratic senators -- Russ Feingold (Wisconsin), Ted Kennedy (Massachusetts), Richard Durbin (Illinois) and Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island) -- urged the Justice Department to wait until experts and legislators could provide input on the proposed changes.

"We understand that you intend to finalize and sign next week the draft Attorney General Guidelines intended to govern FBI criminal, national security and foreign intelligence investigations," it said.

"We have a number of questions and concerns about the guidelines, and urge you not to sign them until members of Congress, experts in the relevant fields, and affected communities have had a full opportunity to provide detailed input."

The senators also accused Mukasey of avoiding "meaningful and robust debate" by making the draft available "to congressional staff for only a few hours at a time, over the course of a week and a half during the August ... recess when many staff and members are out of town."



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