Nov 292005

New documents show that as a Reagan administration lawyer, Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito "took an expansive view of government law-enforcement powers in numerous cases in which he was called upon to balance the prerogatives of police and prosecutors with the rights of individuals." According to the Los Angeles Times, he "advised the FBI that it had broad power to investigate government employees as security threats, even if they had no involvement in national security matters," and "told the Internal Revenue Service that its lawyers could secretly record conversations with taxpayers, despite an American Bar Assn. opinion forbidding lawyers from secretly recording any conversation." Additionally, the Boston Globe reports, while working in the Office of Legal Counsel from 1985 to 1987, Alito "raised concerns about a proposed ethics rule that would have barred prosecutors from investigating an individual without a ”good-faith" belief that the person had committed a crime."

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