5 Bob to CounterJihad; Terrorist propensity Muslims should be shielded from FBI because innocent people could be investigated. If they’re innocent why are they worried?
Star Tribune — NEDRA PICKLER
The American Civil Liberties Union says the 258-page document shows the FBI can conduct invasive surveillance of Americans with essentially no restrictions. And the Council on American-Islamic Relations is concerned about the use of informants in mosques.
“These newly revealed guidelines for FBI investigations only serve to heighten concerns that the Bush administration put in place policies that will inevitably lead to violations of the Constitution and of the right of all Americans to practice their faith without fear of government intrusion or intimidation,” CAIR attorney Nadhira Al-Khalili said in a statement.
Late Friday the FBI posted an edited version of its Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide on its Web site as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The guide was approved in December, during the final days of the Bush administration, and establishes policy that guides all the FBI’s domestic operations, including counterterrorism, counterintelligence, criminal or cyber crime.
Foundation attorney David Sobel said he’s more concerned with what the FBI removed from its guidelines for public consumption than what it disclosed. The edited version blacked out descriptions of how the FBI pursues investigative “assessments” of Americans without any evidence of wrongdoing and how it uses informants in political, civil and religious organizations.
“The critical parts of the guidelines are being withheld so it’s impossible for anyone to make any informed comment on what the FBI is doing,” Sobel said. He said the foundation will continue fighting in court for more disclosure. >>>