FBI wants more subpeona power granted by Congress
FBI Director Robert Mueller went before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to argue that Congress should provide the FBI with the power to issue its own subpoenas, without court approval, so that it can expedite information collection in terrorism investigations. Mueller gave a recent example involving North Carolina State University where FBI agents lacking a subpeona were initially rebuffed this month when they sought enrollment records for a former graduate student who may have been linked to the London bombings. North Carolina State was eventually served with three subpoenas and turned over the records. Some Senators including Dianne Feinstein(D-CA) question giving the FBI anti-terror subpoena power without some Justice Department supervision. Lawmakers are debating whether to include FBI subpoena power in a package of amendments to the USA Patriot Act.