June 13th, 2011
09:08 PM ET

ACLU: FBI guideline proposals open door 'to all kinds of abuses'

The FBI says it is merely "fine-tuning" some of its rules on conducting investigations, but the ACLU claims the changes amount to granting agents "broad new powers" to snoop.

The latest chapter in the ongoing struggle between national security and individual privacy rights is prompted by revisions to the FBI's "Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide."

The proposed internal changes grant the Bureau's 14,000 agents the latitude to search existing government and commercial databases without first opening an investigation or assessment. Another change would relax restrictions on when agents may search people's trash. Yet another change would remove a limit on the repeated use of surveillance squads to watch someone.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ raven:
    I had no intention of mocking you.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Riff*Raff

    As for the FBI-I don't have anything to hide either, but that doesn't mean they can have any more of my civil liberties because they want them or say so. Personally, they've already taken too much under the ridiculous patriot act. Just because they can doesn't mean they should. And I'm over the scare tactics to justify their actions.

    @Joey-Run, don't walk! lol

    June 14, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. michaelfury


    June 14, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. michaelfury

    So whose trash can are those hard drives in?


    June 14, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. jj

    just a couple furry critters i had to chase off with a broom! whew!

    June 14, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. jj

    WOW! u cant say racune on here! wonder why that is? LMAO!

    June 14, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • It's Too Simple That Congress Would Never Do It

      @jj: You can't say rackoooon because it sounds racist. More civil liberties being taken away by the far left and far right groups.. Can't hurt the feelings of those garbage can raiders.. lol

      June 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
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