Rule Changes Would Give FBI Agents Extensive New Powers

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By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 12, 2008; Page A02

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The Justice Department will unveil changes to FBI ground rules today that would put much more power into the hands of line agents pursuing leads on national security, foreign intelligence and even ordinary criminal cases.

The overhaul, the most substantial revision to FBI operating instructions in years, also would ease some reporting requirements between agents, their supervisors and federal prosecutors in what authorities call a critical effort to improve information gathering and detect terrorist threats.

The changes would give the FBI’s more than 12,000 agents the ability at a much earlier stage to conduct physical surveillance, solicit informants and interview friends of people they are investigating without the approval of a bureau supervisor. Such techniques are currently available only after FBI agents have opened an investigation and developed a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed or that a threat to national security is developing.


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2 thoughts on “Rule Changes Would Give FBI Agents Extensive New Powers

  1. Pingback: Congressional Hearing Federal Bureau of Investigation Oversight « Dandelion Salad

  2. These rule changes are not needed, uncalled for, and a dangerous circumvention of normal criminal justice procedures. There fine for a police state, but should be illegal an alleged Democratic Republic.

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