Monday, June 13, 2011

fbi agents get 'leeway' to push privacy bounds

fbi power to snoop expanded (again)
fbi agents get 'leeway' to push privacy boundsfrom nytimes: The Federal Bureau of Investigation 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. The F.B.I. soon plans to issue a new edition of its manual, called the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, according to an official who has worked on the draft document and several others who have been briefed on its contents. The new rules add to several measures taken over the past decade to give agents more latitude as they search for signs of criminal or terrorist activity.

police state updates:
swat team mania: the war against the american citizen*
residents surprised by sounds of fighter jets in taunton, ma airspace*
training exercise: explosion at sunny point, nc*
suspicious item in pentagon scare 'disrupted'*
blackhawk helicopters deployed for tsa security exercise across oh, ky, wv*

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