By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
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The FBI Agents Association, with a membership of over 12,000 active and retired agents, announced its support Wednesday of a bill passed by Congress that authorizes federal officials to help local authorities respond to mass shootings or other violent crimes in public places.
The Justice Department is investigating whether hundreds of FBI agents cheated on a test of new rules allowing the bureau to conduct surveillance and open cases without evidence that a crime has been committed.
Mr. Motyka, an FBI agent in New York, said the bill — known as the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crime Act of 2012 — clarifies the statutory language by explicitly granting the FBI the authority to provide investigative assistance, when requested, in cases where those officials are investigating violent acts and shootings in places of public use.
Association President Konrad Motyka said the legislation, introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island Democrat, would "minimize unnecessary confusion and delays" by codifying the authority of federal law enforcement officers to assist state and local officers in the investigation of certain nonfederal crimes.