FBI seeks new legal powers to clandestinely take over computer systems and spy on users

Friday, November 14, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes

Friday, November 14, 2014

Top FBI officials are working to convince an indistinct regulatory entity in the nation’s capital to allow the agency to alter its rules of engagement in a naked bid to seize more authority to breach computers and put them under electronic surveillance both in the U.S. and around the world.

As reported by The Guardian, one of Britain’s top investigative papers, civil liberties groups are already sounding alarm bells, warning that the proposed rule changes would amount “to a power grab by the agency that would ride roughshod over strict limits to searches and seizures laid out under the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution.” They also worry that the rule changes would lead to invasions of privacy.

In sum, the groups warn that the FBI is essentially attempting to enlarge its powers out of the public eye, without debate and without any input from Congress, which funds the Justice Department. The regulatory body to which the Bureau has petitioned is called the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules, which falls under the U.S. federal court system, which is part of the Justice Department, to which the FBI belongs. The committee plans to meet for the first time Nov. 5 to take up the FBI’s request.

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