posted on May, 25 2005 @ 02:34 PM
As part of a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the FBI has asked for the authority to seize personal and business records
without requiring prior approval from a judge, in order to investigate terrorist threats more swiftly and efficiently. The records obtainable would
include medical, book purchase, tax, gun-purchase, travel, and other records.
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.
The issue of administrative subpoenas dominated the hearing, which was called to discuss reauthorization of clauses of the USA Patriot Act due to
expire at the end of this year.
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The FBI's appeal for these expanded powers, which would effectively leap-frog normal judicial process, was made as part of the Committee's hearing
which will include a closed session to consider renewal and expansion of the Patriot Act legislation tomorrow.
"Patriot Act II" Leaked - Senate Committee to Consider Draft Tomorrow
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