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Senate criticizes FBI handling of anti-terrorism act

The FBI has done a poor job with an anti-terrorism law that permits unprecedented levels of domestic surveillance, the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday. “The lack of professionalism in applying the law has been scandalous,” said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who wrote the committee report with Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. “The real question is if the FBI is capable of carrying out a counterintelligence effort,” Specter said. The report contended that the FBI and the Justice Department were guilty of excessive secrecy, inadequate training, weak information analysis and the stifling of internal dissent in using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a key tool in the war on terrorism. The report focused on the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person accused in the United States of conspiring with the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers. It details how FBI headquarters thwarted efforts by agents in Minneapolis to obtain a FISA warrant to search Moussaoui’s laptop computer and belongings before the attack. Full Story

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