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The Justice Department will unveil changes to FBI ground rules today that would put much more power into the hands of line agents pursuing leads on national security, foreign intelligence and even ordinary criminal cases.
The overhaul, the most substantial revision to FBI operating instructions in years, also would ease some reporting requirements between agents, their supervisors and federal prosecutors in what authorities call a critical effort to improve information gathering and detect terrorist threats.
The changes would give the FBI's more than 12,000 agents the ability at a much earlier stage to conduct physical surveillance, solicit informants and interview friends of people they are investigating without the approval of a bureau supervisor. Such techniques are currently available only after FBI agents have opened an investigation and developed a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed or that a threat to national security is developing.
Those 1976 guidelines the article mentions were a direct response to the abuses by the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover and company, not to mention the corruptions of the Nixon White House.
Once again they are using fear to whittle away, not our rights per say, but the safeguards protecting those rights which is even worse.
Big brother grows bigger.
Originally posted by round_eyed_dog
It feels more and more as if we're living in a hackneyed Clancy novel. I don't think the average person even cares, as they are force fed reality television and espouse anti-intellectual diatribes.
As our liberties are chipped away we silently gape slack jawed at the television.
Originally posted by AWingAndASigh
Does the FBI even investigate real crime anymore?