Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Court bars Muslim group access to FBI operating guidelines

A U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that the Department of Justice does not have to release FBI investigative guidelines, even though it previously allowed a Muslim civil rights group to view the documents for a limited time.

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled the Muslim Advocates' limited access to documents at FBI headquarters did not make them "permanent public record," which is necessary before an exemption under the federal Freedom of Information Act can be waived.
Muslim Advocates, a California-based group that seeks equality for Muslims, sued the DOJ for access to three chapters in the FBI's Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, which was enacted in 2008 to "standardize policy so that criminal, national security and foreign intelligence investigative activities are accomplished in a consistent manner."

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