The FBI is significantly expanding its intelligence-gathering in the U.S., including stepped-up efforts to collect and report intelligence on foreign figures and governments, says the Los Angeles Times. Last month, bureau started discussions with top CIA officials to rewrite two-decade-old ground rules on how the agencies conduct their intelligence efforts in the U.S. and abroad. The moves are causing concern among current and former CIA officials, who see them as another sign of the diminished standing of the beleaguered agency.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and CIA director Porter Goss have been actively involved in the discussions. The procedures would have to be approved by the attorney general and whomever is named as national intelligence director, the new post that will oversee all of the nation’s intelligence-gathering agencies. The FBI is hiring hundreds of intelligence analysts and other specialists and setting up groups in field offices whose sole mission is to collect and report intelligence.