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FBI Wants Greater Surveillance Powers

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On September 4, 2001, Robert Mueller became FBI Director. In 2002, he told Congress that the FBI had no plans to infiltrate Muslim communities or mosques. He lied.

Post-9/11, America waged war on Islam. Agent provocateurs played a key part. They still do. In 2009, Mueller defended intrusive tactics. He said the FBI wouldn't "take (its) foot off the pedal of addressing counterterrorism."

In 2005, the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general (IG) audited the FBI's compliance with AG Guidelines. Major deficiencies were found. Most preliminary inquiries exceeded their legal limit. Required authorizations weren't sought. 

The Agency failed to maintain proper records. As a result, many activities remain secret. In December 2008, AG Michael Mukasey instituted new guidelines. They authorized "assessment" investigations. They involve national security related suspect illegal activities.

Mukasey let FBI agents become more intrusive. Tactics include greater physical surveillance, commercial database data retrieval, using paid informants to infiltrate groups (or target individuals) on false pretenses, and letting covert unidentified agents conduct "pretext" interviews for information.

Mukasey's Guidelines left ordinary Americans increasingly vulnerable to abuse. Anyone may be investigated for any reason or none at all.

Explicit authorization permits surveillance and infiltration of anti-war and other social justice groups. OWS activists are targeted. Any organization or individual is vulnerable. A gloves off, no-holds barred approach is followed.

An internal FBI implementation guide contains disturbing information. Called the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG), it reveals how agents use race, ethnicity, national origin, and other discriminatory criteria in conducting assessments and investigations.

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