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NYT: FBI Data Show Thousands Are Assessed for Terror Links Under Relaxed Rules

The New York Times reports  that FBI data indicates that thousands of people have been assessed for criminal or terror links under relaxed FBI rules for domestic intelligence gathering. The report reveals that between December 2008 and March 2009, the FBI began 11,667 ‘assessments’ of people and groups, completing 8,605 of them and launching more than 400 intensive investigations based on the assessments.  The NYT report indicates that the data was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. 

Assessments came into effect in December 2008 as a new category of investigation under rules put in place by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey. According to the report, assessments are less intensive that formal investigations, but provide latitude to agents  to “use ethnicity, religion or speech protected by the First Amendment as a factor [for opening an assessment] — as long as it is not the only [factor].” The report also states that “in conducting an assessment, agents are allowed to use other techniques — searching databases, interviewing the subjects or people who know them, sending confidential informers to infiltrate an organization, attending a public meeting like a political rally or a religious service, and following and photographing people in public places.”

For the full text of the Times article, click here:

FBI Casts Wide Net Under Relaxed Rules for Terror Inquiries, Data Show 


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