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FBI Chief Defends Post-9/11 Detention Policies

FBI Director Robert Mueller defended U.S. policies on detention of terror suspects, but told the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday his agency would be judged on how it protects Americans’ civil rights. “The FBI will be judged not just on how we effectively disrupt and deter terrorism, but also on how we protect the civil liberties and the constitutional rights of all Americans, including those who wish us ill,” Mueller said at the ACLU’s first-ever membership conference in Washington. He received a standing ovation from members of the civil libertarian group, which has criticized the Bush administration’s Patriot Act for its intrusions on privacy and individual rights in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Mueller agreed with the ACLU’s opposition to the creation of a domestic spy agency, saying the FBI is ideally placed to do the job. Full Story

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