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ACLU Report Says FBI Out Of Control & Must Be Reined In

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been transformed into a domestic intelligence agency and a threat to American liberty in the years since September 11, 2001. That’s the conclusion of one of the nation’s most respected legal advocacy groups, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in a scathing report called Unleashed and Unaccountable: The FBI’s Unchecked Abuse of Authority [1].

“Modern technological innovations have significantly increased the threat to America’s liberty by giving today’s FBI the capability to collect, store and analyze data about millions of innocent Americans,” the report charges. “The excessive secrecy with which it cloaks these domestic intelligence gathering operations has crippled constitutional oversight mechanisms.”

Essentially, the ACLU says the FBI is out of control and is increasingly violating the constitutional rights of average Americans. The organization also contends that the FBI’s surveillance powers have been mounting in recent years even though the danger from terrorism is decreasing.

FBI Becoming Less Effective because of Intelligence Work

Perhaps the most condemning charge in the report is this: “There is evidence the FBI’s increased intelligence collection powers have harmed rather than aided, its terrorism prevention efforts.” The ACLU also charges that the FBI has become negligent in its investigation of other crimes, such as murders, because of its focus on terrorism.

Some of the charges in the report include:

If that wasn’t disturbing enough, the ACLU also charges that the FBI is carrying out what amounts to a systematic assault on the rights of average Americans. The group is most concerned about the bureau’s increasing use of surveillance.

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The FBI’s Assault on Privacy and Individual Rights

Unleashed and Unaccountable [3] contains a frightening list of well-documented allegations of abuses by the FBI. Some of these abuses appear to be in direct violation of the Constitution and other laws, the ACLU says.

Some of the more significant highlights in the report:

The report’s authors conclude: “After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Congress and successive attorneys generals loosened many of the legal and internal controls that a previous generation had placed on the FBI to protect Americans’ constitutional rights.”

It is time, the report says, for politicians to start holding the FBI accountable once again.

“The FBI serves a crucial role in protecting Americans, but it must protect our rights as it protects our security,” the report says.