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Plan Would Broaden F.B.I.’s Terror Role

The Bush administration and Senate Republican leaders are pushing a plan that would significantly expand the F.B.I.’s power to demand business records in terror investigations without obtaining approval from a judge, officials said on Wednesday.The proposal, which is likely to be considered next week in a closed session of the Senate intelligence committee, would allow federal investigators to subpoena records from businesses and other institutions without a judge’s sign-off if they declared that the material was needed as part of a foreign intelligence investigation. The proposal, part of a broader plan to extend antiterrorism powers under the law known as the USA Patriot Act, was concluded in recent days by Republican leaders on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in consultation with the Bush administration, Congressional officials said.Full Story

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