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. Joe Moore

    Screw the ACLU!

    June 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I don't do anything of interest to the FBI.
    Some guys in the ACLU must have some interesting experiences.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. McPurp

    The ACLU is a JOKE, they s crew more people than help.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    If you dont do anything wrong you dont have a thing to worry about im with you joe the aclu american communist loyalty union thats what i think it stands for usually does more harm than good

    June 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    I was under the impression that the CIA already does this anyway...

    June 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    My friend is in the ACLU.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    If you dont have anything to hide nothing to worry about

    June 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mad View

    I'm in agreement with these prosposed intrusions when the American people can utilize the FBI's finger as doo-doo indicator for soiled baby diapers and prostate exams.

    June 14, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    Theyll be able get into data bases without an assessment or investigation?? So some agent can get info on a neighbor he has the hots for?? wow .

    June 14, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gollum Troll

    Yesssss Master protects us precious.. Smegal does nothing wrong so master can listen to smegal.. precious.. Master can't get a warrant without cause, so master needs to investigate for probable cause.. precious.

    June 14, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. jj

    be right back gotta check my garbage for seeds

    June 14, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Samm

    I don't mind them viewing information, just hope theres watchdogs so "forging an instrument" to investigations don't occur. You know what I mean? Hopefully they can't edit or alternate information for the benefit of some desk jockey.

    June 14, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I am not now, and have never been, and Will never be, a member of the Communist Party.
    Now, Raven brought up an interesting fantasy...an FBI agent...um, Clarice, was that her name, I forget the details of the story, just got off on the evil...let's see it's c. 3:00 something here, Clarice has the hot-s for my bo-dy–wants pictures–gets info, has her way with them...
    "Just say no."
    –First Lady Nancy Reagan
    I just say no.
    And Joey said no!
    No, no, no no no no, oh, he said no...
    No, no, no...
    He said no!

    June 14, 2011 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I just went through my garbage.
    Chicken bones, egg shells, stale bread, mostly uneaten piece of cake–chocolate, not Alice B.'s recipe–wrappers of meat–uh oh, may have odor of decomposition–insects of death–
    Why am I being paranoid?
    Umm–has that FBI agent called yet? She has my phone number...hm...
    Wonder what she's into...
    Naw, I'm up early so I can hit the gym at 5:30. It's the rotation day for legs.
    You know, this is true: at my gym there's a professional dancer who comes over and does lap
    dances a little over me when I do lightweight bench exercises. Then she tells people we're married.
    Gotta get to the gym.

    June 14, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    Ok,ok,you can let it go now . Being agents doesnt make them above infallibility, just as we have seen clergy fall from grace and legislators break the law. I may not be as articulate as you but Im not so obtuse that I dont understand when Im being mocked.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
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