Washington (AP) FBI director Robert Mueller is expected to face senate questions today about alleged civil rights violations during terror and spy investigations.
Mueller will tell senators that protection of civil liberties is one of his top priorities.
In a prepared statement sent to the senate, Mueller vows “to protect the security of our nation while upholding the civil rights guaranteed by the constitution.” he says civil rights isn't a burden, but “makes us better.”
Mueller's remarks also offer the first details about the FBI's efforts to reopen old civil rights cases. The effort started with the successful prosecution last summer of a reputed Ku Klux Klansman in two 1964 killings.
He says the FBI is investigating 26 unsolved civil rights-era cases out of nearly 100 referred to the bureau last year.
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