Mueller insists FBI can use Patriot Act powers without abusing them Brett Murphy at 1:09 PM ET
[JURIST] FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] asserted Tuesday that the agency is able to properly use the surveillance powers granted it under the Patriot Act [JURIST news archive], telling senators at a US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] hearing [materials and witness testimony] that a compliance program has been implemented to police the use of National Security Letters (NSL) [CRS backgrounder, PDF]. Mueller insisted that the Patriot Act was not the cause of FBI abuses, however, committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] told the director that the committee will "be re-examining the broad authorities we granted."
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