This is scary as hell and about as un-American as anything I've ever heard. Where are we? The Soviet Union? Nazi Germany? Some horribly monstrous mutation of both, all rolled into one?
I really don't want this kind of protection from anything or anyone.
More Federal Intelligence Changes Planned
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, August 16, 2008; A01
The proposed changes would revise the
Quietly unveiled late last month, the proposal is part of a flurry of domestic intelligence changes issued and planned by the
Taken together, critics in
Supporters say the measures simply codify existing counterterrorism practices and policies that are endorsed by lawmakers and independent experts such as the 9/11 Commission. They say the measures preserve civil liberties and are subject to internal oversight.
Bush homeland security adviser
Criminal intelligence data starts with sources as basic as public records and the Internet, but also includes
"It moves what the rules were from 1993 to the new world we live in, but it maintains civil liberties,"
The rule also would allow criminal intelligence assessments to be shared outside designated channels whenever doing so may avoid danger to life or property -- not only when such danger is "imminent," as is now required,
On the day the police proposal was put forward, the
And last week, Attorney General
The recent moves continue a steady expansion of the intelligence role of
The push to transform
Many security analysts faulted
"If properly implemented, this should assure the public that people are not being investigated by agencies who are not trained in how to protect constitutional rights," said the former deputy attorney general. "The
"If police officers no longer see themselves as engaged in protecting their communities from criminals and instead as domestic intelligence agents working on behalf of the
Civil liberties groups also have warned that forthcoming
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The Nazis, Fascists and Communists were political parties before they became enemies of liberty and mass murderers.