What's New At The FBI

Rules are changing as mission shifts to domestic intelligence

OLD POWERS

EARLY DEADLINES Preliminary inquiries to determine whether full investigations were called for could be pursued for only 90 days. Agents needing more time had to get approval from headquarters; extensions were granted for 30 days.

EVIDENCE TO GO Information gathered during a preliminary inquiry could be used to investigate a person or group only in connection with a specific crime; it could not be used as a basis for a broader investigation of a suspected terrorism enterprise.

LAUNCHING AN INVESTIGATION An agent with suspicions that a group of people might be contemplating terrorist acts had to get approval...

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