Tuesday, May 22, 2012

FBI Urges Restoration of Searches Without Warrants

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THE HEAD of the FBI says his agency is “exploiting” the alleged seizure of an intact and advanced form of underwear bomb that "Islamic militants" in Yemen apparently wanted to use to blow up a US-based jet.

Robert Mueller told a congressional hearing in Washington yesterday that the supposed plot, revealed by the Associated Press on Monday, demonstrated the need to renew surveillance provisions that expire at the end of the year.

FBI Director Mueller urged the reauthorization of an act passed by Congress in 2008, that gives federal authorities the ability to conduct warrantless searches.

“We also remain concerned about the threat from homegrown violent extremists,” he said. “Over the last two years, we have seen increased activity among extremist individuals. These individuals have no typical profile; their experiences and motives are often distinct. But they are increasingly savvy and willing to act alone, which makes them difficult to find and to stop.”

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