Loosening of F.B.I. Rules Stirs Privacy Concerns
The New York Times
The Federal Bureau of Investigation widened its net of people identified as suspicious after the 9/11 attacks and again after a Somali-American teenager committed a suicide bombing in Africa in October 2008. Those deemed threats to national security can be subject to what the New York Times called "potentially intrusive techniques," and personal information on individuals can be retained in agency databases.
The FBI released a copy of its "Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide," which revealed its lower thresholds for identifying people as suspicious. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) had sought the guide (http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2009/06/23) in a FOIA lawsuit after an earlier FOIA request had proven fruitless. EFF contended that the Department of Justice was violating federal law by refusing to disclose the guide.
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