Privacy Concerns Over New FBI Manual

Monday, June 13, 2011

The FBI has amended its guidelines, giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them to do investigations without oversight. The new guidelines allow FBI agents to go through household trash, use surveillance and search databases. Former FBI agent, Michael German, who is now a lawyer for the ACLU in Washington DC says that the new guidelines are very concerning. "At the same time the FBI is using more and more secret powers, they're removing the standards and the oversight necessary to make sure that they're only focused on people who are doing bad things rather than people that they don't like for some other reason," says German.

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legend from USA

Is there ANY tenant of American jurisprudence which the federal government has not plowed under? They say: "Oh, we don't even use the lone wolf provision, never have." Then as soon as a four year extension of this abomination to law is passed, they recant: "Well, maybe we do need to use the lone wolf provision, after all."
It strikes me that there must be an unusually important investigation of someone whom they have no dirt on, and they hope through these belt-loosening moves they can finally gleen enough to move on the target. He will be American. He will have ZERO connection to any terror plot. He will have no history of anti-government activity, saving for exercising his free speech rights. And they are going to attempt to put him away forever for what he says about the Freemasons of Bush, Obama, Bilderberg, Wal-Mart, and the brothers of Congress and Senate. You will know him only by Legend, and his story will cause civil unrest, insurrection, and outright anti-government activity. People will take up their defense of America respectably.

Jun. 13 2011 11:52 AM
Eric from USA

Political corruption is prevalent. Crime on the streets is out of control. Our Constitution is being trashed by Marxist's. Do you think surveillance of the general population of Americans is really a good thing? Don't these people have anything BETTER to do?

Jun. 13 2011 11:36 AM

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