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FBI rules changes provoke Senate inquiry

The FBI plans to issue new rules broadening the discretion of its 14,000 field agents over matters of individual privacy.

PATRIOT Act reauthorization move demands reforms

The Senate voted Monday, May 23, to go forward with debate on reauthorization of several provisions of the Patriot Act. Media reports indicated that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., reached agreement on reauthorization of the controversial law.

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Extremist Westboro Church foiled in Mississippi

When members of the far-right Westboro Baptist Church showed up in Brandon, Miss., April 16 to protest the funeral of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers, local residents banded together.

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Fearing witch hunt, Muslims denounce planned hearings

"Are you now or have you ever been ... ?" is a question that many fear may come back into vogue if Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., goes ahead with hearings on Muslim "radicalization."

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LA neighborhood councils fight vehicle confiscations

The South Central Neighborhood Council joined other groups calling for an end to the impoundment of unlicensed drivers' cars at traffic stops, charging that the practice targets poor, minority and immigrant communities.

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Protests continue over FBI raids, new subpoenas of peace activists

CHICAGO - Alarmed by the blatant fishing expedition and government intimidation of antiwar activists, more than 100 protesters held an emergency picket line at the Dirksen Federal Building here on Dec. 6.

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Former FBI agent warns of government spying abuse

Surveillance policies of the FBI and other domestic intelligence agencies are "totally un-American and against the values Americans hold dear," said former undercover agent Michael German.

Congress urged to pass paycheck fairness, equality bills

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights released a list of six priority bills Congress should enact before recessing for Thanksgiving.

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FBI raids spark free speech protests

CHICAGO -- Peace and solidarity activists here held a picket line in front of FBI headquarters protesting recent raids.

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Activists call FBI raids massive “fishing expedition”

CHICAGO - Antiwar and solidarity activists filled the West Town Community Law Office here of Melinda Power Saturday, Sept. 25, to show support for Joe Iosbaker and Stephanie Weiner whose house was raided by the FBI on Friday.

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