The FBI is developing new rules under which their agents could investigate anyone for any reason. Period.

Congressional staff members got a glimpse of some of the details in closed briefings this month, and four Democratic senators told Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey in a letter on Wednesday that they were troubled by what they heard.

The senators said the new guidelines would allow the F.B.I. to open an investigation of an American, conduct surveillance, pry into private records and take other investigative steps “without any basis for suspicion.” The plan “might permit an innocent American to be subjected to such intrusive surveillance based in part on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or on protected First Amendment activities,” the letter said.

I wonder if the FBI might open an investigation on someone who blogs about policies that permit the government to slice and dice the constitution at will.

Nah! That kind of stuff only happens in countries we don’t like.