FBI workers with foreign ties face security bias: report

A crest of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is seen on August 3, 2007 inside the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington, DCHundreds of US Federal Bureau of Investigation employees with foreign ties have been subjected to what some call an unfair program of background checks to prevent espionage, The New York Times reported Saturday. The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment from AFP. Since that time the program has more than doubled in size, affecting nearly 1,000 FBI employees with access to classified information, the Times said, citing angered staff. The FBI work force includes about 36,000 employees and thousands of contractors.

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