Reprinted from www.libertylobby.org, home of The SPOTLIGHT archive
Alert: Reno's Police-State Power Grab
Washington, DC -- On September 28, Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) Released information exposing an effort by Attorney General Janet Reno and the Department of Justice to obtain massive new enforcement powers in the closing days of the 105th Congress.
Barr obtained the information from a confidential source within federal law enforcement. Among other things, the Department's "wish list" for new authority includes (among others):
"These requests belong on some bizarre conspiracy novel, not in serious legislative documents being circulated at the top levels of federal law enforcement. These proposals represent a sneak attack on the most cherished principles of our democracy. If they become a part of our law, freedom and privacy in America will be permanently diminished," said Barr.
Barr also noted the Department and the FBI are "shopping" this wish list in an effort to get the items placed in a spending measure without hearings or debate.
For additional information, visit Barr's website at http://www.house- gov/barr.