Skip to comments.FBI Expands Agentsí Investigative Power
Posted on 06/13/2011 3:38:42 AM PDT by callisto
The FBI 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.
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Some of the most notable changes apply to the lowest category of investigations, called an "assessment." The category, created in December 2008, allows agents to look into people and organizations "proactively" and without firm evidence for suspecting criminal or terrorist activity.
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Sorry to post & run but work calls. I'll check back during the day.
And I am pretty certain that when Palin becomes president, the rats will say she is a fascist for doing this.
What legislative Act through Congress gave them these additional powers?
She could easily dispel that by reigning in these apparently self assigned powers and tossing a few of the FBI’s decision makers who dreamed this up in a nice jail cell...
Yeah...I’m no law scholar...but I’ve never read about any powers given to the FBI to make laws.
We are merrily walking down the slippery slope to a Soviet style police state!
More powers to the police state.
“Some of the most notable changes apply to the lowest category of investigations, called an “assessment.” The category, created in December 2008, allows agents to look into people and organizations “proactively” and without firm evidence for suspecting criminal or terrorist activity.”
This seems more like the role that the press/media should be playing. This seems “tabloidish.”
This will probably be used in political ways more than crime fighting ways. And it will probably target extremist groups such as the Amish.
"I've always said from the beginning, I wanna change America"
The SCOTUS, FBI, NSA, are still happily aiding a abeting treason, don’t worry.
You seem to have a naive belief in things like the rule of law. This is cause for suspicion. Expect your trash to be searched.
Gosh, I hope the FBI won’t be profiling people. That’s racist.
However, "field agents" in the FBI and other investigative bodies had been restricted from reading the internet the same way they might read a newspaper. Didn't mean others at FBI and in various federal agencies couldn't do that but the "field agents" themselves had to get administrative warrants to do so.
BTW, net cruising had to be done outside the framework of the agencies own internet setup so government files were not subject to penetration.
There's really nothing new here unless, of course, you don't think of the internet as the press.
The FBI used to operate two separate networks: one for the external Internet and one with their internal files.
What is this world coming to? You do realize, putting work above FReeping is totally unacceptable behavior!!!
“If you can accept the fact that the internet IS the press,”
The internet (News online, bloggers, emailers, websites, etc.)IS the press; the old press is now just the fourth estate of gunmint as most folks now know...
In the 1960’s they protested against “the man,” and today they are that which they claimed to have been against.
I am to the point that I feel like I can’t even breathe. They are tracking every little thing or claiming to be without out warrant or cause.
I want to say...what has happened to my country? But, our truth is ...we have let ourselves become deceived and lazy.
A few weeks ago we had a really bad storm hit our area. High winds, hail, heavy rain, and funnel clouds. Many of us retreated to the basement, but when the storm was over and we all came out of our little houses...minor damage was around. The biggest pending damage was the street had become flooded and water was backing up into some of the homes. In the background and without power...sirens of police cars and fire trucks wailed. Someone said ...”somebody should call the city to come clear the drains.”
At no point did this person take the initiative to call the city. They thought in all the ensuing emergencies around us that were higher priority...we should call the city about the storm drains.
Myself and a neighbor returned from our garden sheds with our heavy duty rakes and pitchforks. People’s homes were at risk of flooding in an area that never floods. We began clearing the drains of the debris the winds had brought down. As the water began swirling down the drains in a powerful vortex a few other neighbors joined in using their lightweight rakes to catch and toss aside the floating debris.
The point of this story...”call the city” to fix it in the middle of a crisis.
It reminded me of how dependent people have become on the government. They would depend on the government to save their own homes, indeed they were depending on someone else to even call the government...rather than pick-up the pitchfork to clean the debris out from around storm drains.
Folks, there is a lot of debris floating around us. We all know they are violating our God given Rights and some how many of us are depending on the people in government to clear the debris ...when we really need to be using our garden pitchforks.
They are flooding our freedom away. And the longer we wait around waiting for someone else to do something about it, the more damage to our “home of freedom” is done.
The FBI has no license to make such changes. If this is true, the DOJ caused it to happen.
I remember when the FBI introduce the “Carnivore” program for reading emails. If I am not mistaken, the Earthlink was the last provider to lose the right to protect their customer’s privacy.
At the time, my next door neighbor was a computer programmer/hacker for the FBI. She told me back then (more than ten years ago) that they could suck the contents of your hard drive faster than you could shut it down if anything suspicious showed up. She also told me that the government would never abuse the privilege, wink, wink, nod, nod.
Neither have a Constitutional basis when they start negating arbitrarily parts of the Bill of Rights.
Good story and so typical. What goes hand in hand with that is every time something happens that some people don’t like they want a new law passed outlawing the activity.
I'm still not sure if the plastic jugs my AA#7 comes in, or spent primers, are recyclable...
Bush....er, soetoro´s fault.
the coming political tsumami in this country will be both 1)economically populist, and 2)libertarian.
I just hope it does not break out in the form of a Ross Perot-style third candidacy next fall.
It has long been established that searching through garbage without a warrant is acceptable.
The FBI is giving new powers to its’ roughly 14,000 agents—allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use servalance teams to scrutinize the life of Sarah Palin.
What is an “advocacy group”?
Certainly doesn’t sound criminal.
“It has long been established that searching through garbage without a warrant is acceptable.”
Which is why EVER piece of paper from junk mail to more important documents with my name on it ALL goes through my paper shredder before it goes into the trash.
“...ALL goes through my paper shredder before it goes into the trash...”
Wouldn’t even put it in the trash; I shred mine, then use it as fireplace kindling.
Going “green”, after all...
or if it does...lets all get behind it. If the republican party comes out looking weak, worthless, and sissies...lets get behind the ones that have the courage, fight, and passion.
Welcome to Obamanation, where producers toil to support the entitlement society. - I would much rather Freep, but work can pleasurable too! :)
"Valerie Caproni, the FBI general counsel, said the bureau had fixed the problems with the national security letters and had taken steps to make sure they would not recur. She also said the bureau -- which does not need permission to alter its manual so long as the rules fit within broad guidelines issued by the attorney general -- had carefully weighed the risks and the benefits of each change."
They're weighing the benefit of violating our 4th Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure against the risk of getting caught and being held responsible. It looks like they feel confident in their ability to succeed.
Barry Himmler and The Gestapo Brothers.....lol. Dude, how you been?
“What legislative Act through Congress gave them these additional powers?”
Pffft-—you don’t need Congress in a Gestapo state. You just make it up as you go along.