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U.S. tells agents to cover up use of wiretap program
Reuters ^ | 5 Aug 13 | John Shiffman

Posted on 08/05/2013 8:54:26 AM PDT by xzins

A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.

Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

"It is one thing to create special rules for national security," Gertner said. "Ordinary crime is entirely different. It sounds like they are phonying up investigations."

The unit of the DEA that distributes the information is called the Special Operations Division, or SOD. Two dozen partner agencies comprise the unit, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security. It was created in 1994 to combat Latin American drug cartels and has grown from several dozen employees to several hundred.

Today, much of the SOD's work is classified, and officials asked that its precise location in Virginia not be revealed. The documents reviewed by Reuters are marked "Law Enforcement Sensitive," a government categorization that is meant to keep them confidential.

One current federal prosecutor learned how agents were using SOD tips after a drug agent misled him, the prosecutor told Reuters. In a Florida drug case he was handling, the prosecutor said, a DEA agent told him the investigation of a U.S. citizen began with a tip from an informant. When the prosecutor pressed for more information, he said, a DEA supervisor intervened and revealed that the tip had actually come through the SOD and from an NSA intercept.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dea; fbi; govtabuse; nsa; parallelconstruction; policestate; scandals; sod; specialoperationsdiv; tyranny

1 posted on 08/05/2013 8:54:26 AM PDT by xzins
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DEA agent told him the investigation of a U.S. citizen began with a tip from an informant. When the prosecutor pressed for more information, he said, a DEA supervisor intervened and revealed that the tip had actually come through the SOD and from an NSA intercept.

This means the NSA is collecting, listening, analyzing, and distributing.

2 posted on 08/05/2013 8:55:49 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

SOD the NSA!


3 posted on 08/05/2013 8:56:16 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Where's my pressure cooker backpack wmd ricin laced al qaeda terrorist BASSELOPE?)
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To: xzins

Crikes, this stuff needs a stop put to it ASAP. We is outta time I think.


4 posted on 08/05/2013 8:59:09 AM PDT by dforest (BR)
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To: xzins

Yep, and with this latest revelation just out, I wonder how many thousands of drug convictions will now be tossed out because the chain of evidence was fabricated from its inception?


5 posted on 08/05/2013 8:59:10 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Uncle Miltie; P-Marlowe
DEA agent told him the investigation of a U.S. citizen began with a tip from an informant

This is a nightmare scenario because it confirms the US will collect everything, analyze it, and then pretend it was "an informant" rather than their own NSA collection scheme.

It means that Eric Holder's "Zimmerman tip line" was asking for "a tip from an informant." That was probably a signal to the NSA to search everything it had ever recorded for dirt on George Zimmerman.

6 posted on 08/05/2013 9:01:33 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins
(from the article):".. In a Florida drug case he was handling, the prosecutor said, a DEA agent told him the investigation of a U.S. citizen began with a tip from an informant.
When the prosecutor pressed for more information, he said, a DEA supervisor intervened and revealed
that the tip had actually come through the SOD and from an NSA intercept."

It's not a wise idea to lie to a Federal Judge (ie: perjury), especially if you may have to appear again before him !
At least we aren't getting "the least untruthful answer " as offered to Congress by the head of NSA ../s
The real question is : When is the Government telling the truth , .. and when is it lying ?

7 posted on 08/05/2013 9:05:42 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” - Ronald Reagan)
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To: xzins
It is one small step from " fabricating evidence "
to total injustice, and ignoring the " Rule of Law " !!

In this instance, it was drug related ,
what if next time it is politcally motivated ?

8 posted on 08/05/2013 9:12:01 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” - Ronald Reagan)
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To: xzins

“As a practical matter, law enforcement agents said they usually don’t worry that SOD’s involvement will be exposed in court. That’s because most drug-trafficking defendants plead guilty before trial and therefore never request to see the evidence against them. If cases did go to trial, current and former agents said, charges were sometimes dropped to avoid the risk of exposing SOD involvement.”

Well that makes complete sense.

Freegards


9 posted on 08/05/2013 9:15:31 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: xzins

That’s wonderful! Lindsey Graham says it is!

This is worse than the KGB. And supposedly mccain hates the KGB.

Speaking of mccain, Stossel must be being blackmailed. He said last night that mccain said he was happy in the POW camp because he chose to be. (Not exact quote) Yeah, I’ll bet he was, the damn traitor.


10 posted on 08/05/2013 9:16:22 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: VerySadAmerican
Speaking of mccain, Stossel must be being blackmailed. He said last night that mccain said he was happy in the POW camp because he chose to be. (Not exact quote) Yeah, I’ll bet he was, the damn traitor.

That might not be entirely unfeasible/untrue; I seem to recall hearing about a Holocost survivor's story where he came to the realization that he had no control over his situation, but he did have control over his actions/reactions and [to a degree] emotions.

Sorry, but I really don't remember much detail of the story, just the general gist.

11 posted on 08/05/2013 9:34:43 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: xzins
No one should be surprised that yet another firewall has been breached. It was inevitable.

So we now have potentially dangerous government snooping combined with other government agencies waging a mindless and ultimately self-defeating drug war.

Which does more damage?

Wrong question because these two practices combined create an especially dangerous synergy.

This cannot end well.


12 posted on 08/05/2013 9:36:36 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

I quite sure next time has already occured.


13 posted on 08/05/2013 9:37:24 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt; nathanbedford
what if next time it is politcally motivated ?

Many would argue that is already happening.

For me what is important here is that it seems the NSA is collecting EVERYTHING, sorting EVERYTHING on some algorithms, searching on names, searching on key words, etc.

And that means that YOU might not be getting searched and sorted simply because you aren't yet a bee in their bonnet they want to get rid of.

14 posted on 08/05/2013 9:42:48 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

More lying, dishonest crapola from “the most open administration in history.”


15 posted on 08/05/2013 9:51:39 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: xzins
So now you will be prosecuted -- for ordinary, domestic, non-terror crimes -- based on evidence that is too secret to present.

Remind me why we used to cuss out the Soviet Union again?

16 posted on 08/05/2013 9:56:02 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Yep, and even though they’re not collecting your information, they seem able to come up with it...and hand it off to others.

Magical, that.


17 posted on 08/05/2013 10:01:41 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: nathanbedford

See, this NSA law-breaking is handy. If some uppity General dares to question His Highness about Benghazi, then his email love letters to his mistress get revealed.

Poof! No more career for General Petraeus.

So it isn’t just terror and drug emails being read. The NSA is reading love letters, too.

It’s completely illegal. Completely corrupt.


18 posted on 08/05/2013 10:01:46 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Jack Hammer

I think ALL communication/media digits are collected and recorded, but I’m betting all digits from all conservative web sites are collected, recorded, sorted, and analyzed.


19 posted on 08/05/2013 10:05:44 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

“I’m betting all digits from all conservative web sites are collected, recorded, sorted, and analyzed.”

You win.


20 posted on 08/05/2013 10:08:09 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: OneWingedShark

Are you maybe thinking of Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning”?


21 posted on 08/05/2013 10:10:42 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
Are you maybe thinking of Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning”?

Quite possibly; I know it was in a book, but one I never read. (That is, I heard the story second/third-hand.)

22 posted on 08/05/2013 10:13:20 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: null and void; Travis McGee

Usin the NSA database without a warrant ping.


23 posted on 08/05/2013 10:20:48 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: maggief; hoosiermama; TigersEye; penelopesire; ConservativeMan55; AllAmericanGirl44; Nachum; ...

PING, we knew it would be used against citizens.


24 posted on 08/05/2013 10:31:29 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: Jack Hammer

bbbb.....bbbbu.....bbbb.....bbbbu we’re at Terror Code Magenta, or something. A bunch of terrorists are gonna blow-up our embassy in Abu Dhabi or Tehran or Little Rock or somewhere. We gotta keep on reading everybody’s email to stop this from happening!!!


25 posted on 08/05/2013 10:37:50 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: xzins

This is a total disregard of the probable cause requirement for search and seizure under the4th amendment. This article is flying out to the defense bar and the judiciary as we write here. The subornation of purjury aspect of this is beyond doubt. The Brady violations for withholding exculpatory evidence will free thousands of criminals in prisons. Judges will not stand for this throughout the entire country and you will see contempt of court rulings on prosecutors in the very near future. WE are fast approaching a dictatorship.


26 posted on 08/05/2013 12:20:09 PM PDT by SADMILLIE (r)
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To: nathanbedford

Follow the money. Snooping and manipulation of data is ultimately a quest for ill-gotten gain.


27 posted on 08/05/2013 2:50:28 PM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: xzins

If this is correct, close NSA and start over. Do it now. Stop the police state!


28 posted on 08/05/2013 3:30:42 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama does not know how bad he really is.)
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To: Southack

Thanks for your reply. A lot of us were wondering what the Obozo thugs had on Petraeus and how they got it. Now we know “how they got it!”

‘See, this NSA law-breaking is handy. If some uppity General dares to question His Highness about Benghazi, then his email love letters to his mistress get revealed.

Poof! No more career for General Petraeus.

So it isn’t just terror and drug emails being read. The NSA is reading love letters, too.’


29 posted on 08/05/2013 3:56:56 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Having a discussion with liberals is like shearing pigs. Lots of squealing & little fleece!)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Where is the 350-word section of the IRS manual published?

Seems like it should be available for all to read.

.

Come on FREEPERS.... link it please...

30 posted on 08/08/2013 7:13:10 AM PDT by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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