WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. attorney general is assuring a Senate
panel that the Bush administration can strike a balance between
protecting the U.S. from potential terrorist threats and protecting
American civil liberties.
Michael Mukasey has been testifying today before
the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Civil rights activists have been warning against any policy
changes that would let the FBI use terrorist profiling that could
potentially single out Muslims, Arabs and other groups. The
nation's top law enforcer promises the Senate panel that his agency
will safeguard "vital civil liberties."
But the committee chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy, accuses the
White House of using the Justice Department to spy on people in the
U.S., among other things. In his words, "This administration makes
Watergate looks like child's play."