As I’m sure everybody is well aware, Bush signed the fat little appropriations bill yesterday bailing Ali Baba and his forty thieves out of hot water yesterday. Led by the thief in charge, Hank Paulson, we now are in hock to these irresponsible gamblers for good. I’ve read in a few articles that some analysts claim the actual cost of this seven hundred billion dollars is ultimately going to cost you and I over three trillion before all is said and done.
Justice Department officials released new guidelines Friday that empower FBI agents to use intrusive techniques to gather intelligence within the United States, alarming civil liberties groups and Democratic lawmakers who worry that they invite privacy violations and other abuses.
The new road map allows investigators to recruit informants, employ physical surveillance and conduct interviews in which agents disguise their identities in an effort to assess national security threats. FBI agents could pursue each of those steps without any single fact indicating a person has ties to a terrorist organization.
Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Friday the guidelines are necessary to fulfill the FBI’s core mission to predict threats and respond even before an attack takes place. The guidelines take effect Dec. 1.