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WSJ: Administration Further Restricts Terror Suspects' Rights

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March 24, 2011

Revised rules governing domestic terror suspects allow investigators to hold suspects longer and without advising them of their rights to remain silent or to have an attorney present for questioning, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Under the new rules, investigators can apply for exceptions to instructions guiding how suspects should be treated if the investigators  "conclude that continued unwarned interrogation is necessary to collect valuable and timely intelligence not related to any immediate threat,” according to an FBI memo issued in December and obtained by the Journal. The memo states that investigators would need prior approval from FBI supervisors and Justice Department lawyers.

The exceptions are allowed “when the interrogation is reasonably prompted by immediate concern for the safety of the public or the agents,” Matthew Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, told the Journal.

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