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by Paladin
Tue May 24, 2005 1:01 pm
Forum: Federal
Topic: FBI asks US Congress for power to seize documents
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FBI asks US Congress for power to seize documents

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 46_pf.html

"The FBI on Tuesday asked the U.S. Congress for sweeping new powers to seize business or private records, ranging from medical information to book purchases, to investigate terrorism without first securing approval from a judge.

Valerie Caproni, FBI general counsel, told the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee her agency needed the power to issue what are known as administrative subpoenas to get information quickly about terrorist plots and the activities of foreign agents.

Civil liberties groups have complained the subpoenas, which would cover medical, tax, gun-purchase, book purchase, travel and other records and could be kept secret, would give the FBI too much power and could infringe on privacy and free speech."...

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