posted on May, 24 2005 @ 08:02 PM
I understand .. the CIA pushes for democratic reforms abroad, and the FBI pushes for democratic reforms at home.. It all makes sense!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The
FBI on Tuesday asked the U.S. Congress for sweeping new powers to seize business or private records, ranging from medical information to book
purchases, to investigate terrorism without first securing approval from a judge.
Valerie Caproni, FBI general counsel, told the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee her agency needed the power to issue what are known as
administrative subpoenas to get information quickly about terrorist plots and the activities of foreign agents.
Civil liberties groups have complained the subpoenas, which would cover medical, tax, gun-purchase, book purchase, travel and other records and could
be kept secret, would give the FBI too much power and could infringe on privacy and free speech.
"This type of subpoena authority would allow investigators to obtain relevant information quickly in terrorism investigations, where time is often of
the essence," Caproni testified.
Democrats on the committee expressed concerns and pressed Caproni to give examples of cases where the lack of such powers had hampered an
Caproni said she could not cite a case where a bomb had exploded because the FBI lacked this power, but that did not mean one could not explode
[edit on 24-5-2005 by Moretti]