The US Attorney General is proposing new guidelines that could, according to Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, these new rules would permit the FBI to use “a variety of intrusive investigative techniques with no evidence of possible wrongdoing”.

These proposed rules would let the FBI get away with a LOT more than it is now.  Especially when you factor in how much they usually go beyond their legal limitations.  All of a sudden it means that the folks wearing tinfoil hats saying that there is listening devices planted in their shower faucets might not be sounding to far-fetched after all.

The part about this that is actually kinda disturbing is that apparently there’s no oversight to this kind of thing.  No congressional or judicial approval is required, which means that once again the executive branch is pretty much doing anything it pleases, regardless of little things like the unconstitutionality of a lot of what it wants to do.

It’s time something is done not only to stop things like this but also to repeal a lot of what has already been done.  This issue of the current proposed Attorney General’s guidelines is only the latest in a series of things that need to be stopped or un-done.  Another example is the Patriot Act and the Homeland Security act which I believe are loaded with a whole raft of unconstitutional law and should be repealed or struck down.

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