Skip to comments.Spying Scandal Engulfs Other U.S. Agencies
Posted on 08/21/2013 3:31:36 PM PDT by shego
Earlier this month, Reuters revealed that a special division within the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been using intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a mass database of telephone records to secretly identify targets for drug enforcement actions.In the wake of these revelations, a former prosecutor tells IPS he believes he and his colleagues may have been unwitting pawns in the federal government's effort to deceive defendants and the court system, thereby violating citizens' constitutional rights.
"None of us had any idea whatsoever there was a secret DEA programme that instructed DEA agents to conceal the source," Patrick Nightingale, a former prosecutor for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, told IPS.
"My oath as an attorney and as a prosecutor was as an officer of the constitution, and not to win at all costs. This [programme] is a win at all costs mentality: whether it's constitutional or not we're going to use it..."
Called the Special Operations Division (SOD), it is comprised of some two dozen federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency (NSA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Department of Homeland Security.
Everything about the SOD is secret, including the size of its budget and the location of its offices....
As a routine practice, the SOD secretly provides the information to local authorities across the U.S., allowing them to start investigations against U.S. citizens under false pretenses, in a practice known as "parallel construction".
For example, under parallel construction, local law enforcement will be instructed to find a reason to stop a particular vehicle--for example, through a routine traffic stop--and then once the drugs are found, the government will falsely state the drugs were found in the traffic stop....
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These agencies need a power-washer enema.
And it isn’t even slowing them down. Obama asked the supremes for more access just days ago.
It tells me that they’re already doing whatever it is and want legal cover when they get caught.
“Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...P
The IRS was caught (actually self-exposed) and did not stop —not at all.
The NSA is immeasurably better funded and considerably more arrogant.
Are we to believe that THEY will stop?
That is not quite logical.
They will absolutely not stop.
What I find incredible is that the federal government has openly ordered its sundry enforcement agencies to tamper with evidence and no one in the press seems to have turned a hair. Incredible.
Since the object is to turn us all into prisoners, who is going to deliver that?
They have other versions of that shirt —many other versions— but if they include the NSA logo, they can NOT show the logo online.
The NSA is saying something like “our logo is patented” so we won’t permit you to show it on your Ebay advertisement.
Seems we keep waiting for the rest of the country to realize this government is at war with us and while we wait, the government keeps marching forward.
I fail to comprehend how much more the Feds have to trash there Constitutional limits before the public will be forced into action assuming any action at that point is possible.
The sad part is that liberals are just as pissed off about it but are either blaming Bush or just don’t have it in them to stand up to Obama.
Agreed! The government corruption goes beyond left/right due to the fact that the left has been completely assimilated by progressives and the right in Washington is well on its way to total assimilation.
Still think they are only collecting “metadata” .... after the next round of government denials, rogue Cincinnati NSA agents did it, etc., the next Snowden release will bash them again.
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Is that real, or the stuff Klintoon used in back of his pickup truck?
Hmmm. Pickup truck could be a double entendre.
NSA: Nazi Surveillance Agency
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