Wednesday, August 20, 2008

U.S. Senators: FBI Rules Could Target Innocent People

An AP newswire article by Lara Jakes Jordan, via The Boston Globe, reports that:

Proposed rules to help the FBI catch terrorists could lead to innocent Americans being spied upon by government agents or informants "all without any basis for suspicion," a group of Democratic senators said Wednesday.

The rules, known as the attorney general guidelines, have not been approved or even publicly released yet, but four Democrats joined a growing chorus of lawmakers raising concerns after being briefed on what the guidelines say.

Among their fears: Americans could be targeted in part based on their race, ethnicity or religion -- or free speech activities protected by the Constitution.

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