30 September 1998: Link to FBI reponse.

30 September 1998
Source: http://www.house.gov/barr/p_doj.html

Today, Representative Barr's office was not willing to provide more information or substantiation for these allegations other than what is in this press release. Telephone: (202) 225-2931.

U.S. Representative Bob Barr (GA-7) press release:

September 29, 1998


WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Representative Bob Barr (GA-7) released today information exposing an effort by 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 in 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 and severely 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.