Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 1:41 PM
Subject: Terrorism & Security - FBI expands its role in domestic spying
Should the CIA be worried about a power grab?
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Despite its recent $170 million computer software fiasco, the FBI will
significantly expand its intelligence-gathering activities in the US,
"including stepped-up efforts to collect and report intelligence on foreign
figures and governments, a function that long has been principally the CIA's
domain," reports the Los Angeles Times Friday.
The move comes despite the fact that months ago, some members of Congress
were debating whether to "strip the bureau of its ability to conduct
intelligence functions, after widespread bungling and intelligence failures
in the months before Sept. 11," reports the Times.
Ultimately, Congress and the Sept. 11 commission concluded that it was in
the interest of national security that the FBI's nascent intelligence arm
remain intact and be allowed to grow.