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CHEATERS! FBI Test Scandal Explodes

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - The FBI's Inspector General has found evidence of widespread cheating on an exam intended to test agents on Bush-era domestic intelligence-gathering guidelines.

Although the new guidelines were ostensibly intended simply to consolidate existing rules, the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG) that took effect in December 2008 has been criticized by civil libertarians as being too expansive.

Many FBI agents -- including high-level supervisors -- apparently mounted their own kind of internal protest, balking at the required 16-hour classroom training and in particular a 51-question multiple-choice open-book exam that by all accounts was poorly worded and difficult to understand.

The test's rules specifically called for agents not to collaborate with each other. But instead, according to the IG report, "a significant number of the FBI employees we interviewed cheated on the test."

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