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FBI Has War Plans To Mobilize Agents Against Terrorists

If U.S. forces invade Iraq, the FBI has plans to mobilize as many as 5,000 agents to guard against terrorist attacks, monitor or arrest suspected militants and interview thousands of Iraqis living in the United States, according to officials familiar with the effort. The FBI operation, which would approach the scale of the investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is a reflection of widespread fears among counterterrorism officials that the risk of attack will increase dramatically in the event of war. Although authorities said that most Iraqis living in the United States are not a threat, they are concerned Muslim extremists will retaliate for war with suicide bombings and other attacks, the sources said. Many of the FBI’s criminal surveillance operations would be temporarily suspended in order to focus on potential terrorism or espionage suspects, one top law enforcement official said. Any immigration violators found during interviews and sweeps would be detained, several officials said. Full Story

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