FBI Expands Powers

The New York Times reports that the FBI “is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents — allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention… Some of the most notable changes apply to the lowest category of investigations, called an “assessment.” The category allows agents to look into people and organizations “proactively” and without firm evidence for suspecting criminal or terrorist activity. Under the new rules, agents will be allowed to search such databases without making a record about their decision.”

(Attribution: The New York Times)

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