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Justice Dept. Lists Use of New Power to Fight Terror

In the most detailed public accounting of how it had used its expanded powers to fight terrorism, the Justice Department released information today showing that federal agents had conducted hundreds of bugging and surveillance operations and visited numerous libraries and mosques using new law enforcement tools. In one of the more striking examples of their new powers, Justice Department officials said they were now reviewing some 4,500 intelligence files in terrorist cases to determine whether criminal charges should be brought. Such a mingling of intelligence and criminal investigations was largely banned under internal Justice Department procedures that were in place before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A 60-page report to members of Congress was intended to answer concerns from lawmakers who say the department has kept them in the dark about its counterterrorism operations and has not done enough to safeguard civil liberties in its pursuit of terrorists. Full Story

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