Don't you feel safer now? I'm sure I do - not.
Of course, that is not all these expanded powers allow them to do:
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.
Under current rules, agents must open such an inquiry before they can search for information about a person in a commercial or law enforcement database. Under the new rules, agents will be allowed to search such databases without making a record about their decision.
Mr. German said the change would make it harder to detect and deter inappropriate use of databases for personal purposes. But Ms. Caproni said it was too cumbersome to require agents to open formal inquiries before running quick checks. She also said agents could not put information uncovered from such searches into F.B.I. files unless they later opened an assessment.
The new rules will also relax a restriction on administering lie-detector tests and searching people’s trash. Under current rules, agents cannot use such techniques until they open a “preliminary investigation,” which — unlike an assessment — requires a factual basis for suspecting someone of wrongdoing. But soon agents will be allowed to use those techniques for one kind of assessment, too: when they are evaluating a target as a potential informant. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)
I'm all for fighting crime, and stopping terrorism in its tracks, but to not even have to open a "preliminary investigation" first before searching people's trash or lie detector tests is a bit disconcerting, don't you think?
And speaking of terrorists, Janet Napolitano has an interesting take on "profiling" a certain group:
Good grief. She is incredibly painful to listen to, isn't she? And THIS is the head of Homeland Security? No wonder the FBI needs expanded powers. Ahem.
In other news, Obama plays golf again on Sunday for the ELEVENTH week in a row. So glad he has his priorities in order...
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