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Feds Planted Bug In Philly Mayor's Office
NBC News ^ | October 8, 2003

Posted on 10/08/2003 1:53:50 PM PDT by mrobison

NBC News: Feds Planted Bug In Street's Office

Mayor Says Bug Part Of Political Attack

NBC News has confirmed that it was federal investigators who placed an electronic device in Philadelphia mayor's John Street office.

NBC News correspondent Pete Williams said that several sources confirmed to him that the device was placed in the office by the U.S. government.

However, a law enforcement official cautioned that the presence of the bug there does not necessarily mean that the mayor, himself, is under investigation. Officials confirmed to NBC News it was put in place by federal investigators, though they won't say specifically whether it was the work of the FBI or another agency.

Williams said it was unclear if the surveillance was directly related to two ongoing federal investigations in Philadelphia.

One current investigation involves a no-bid, $1 million-a-year airport-services contract between the Street administration and a company owned by the mayor's brother, Milton Street.

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1 posted on 10/08/2003 1:53:50 PM PDT by mrobison
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2 posted on 10/08/2003 1:55:03 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Dark Wing
I love politics.
3 posted on 10/08/2003 1:58:16 PM PDT by Thud
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To: mrobison
Let me see ...

rainhat, check
galoshes, check
umbrella, check
manure rake, check

Okay, I'm ready - let the anti-Ashcroft hysteria begin.

4 posted on 10/08/2003 1:58:23 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: mrobison
Corruption in the Philly Mayor's office? I'm shocked....shocked.
5 posted on 10/08/2003 2:00:03 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: mrobison
Probably left over from Fast Eddie Rendell's administration.
6 posted on 10/08/2003 2:04:27 PM PDT by TomB
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To: mrobison
LOOK OUT BUSH...Jackson, Mfume, Conyers, Sharpton are all coming your way! I fully expect blacks to say that "The Man" Ashcroft is "spying" on Street to try and "bring him down"
7 posted on 10/08/2003 2:05:38 PM PDT by montag813 (Fire Tenet...Jail Joseph Wilson...Rally 'Round Our President, Dammit!!!)
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To: mrobison
Don't the feds have any bugs that can successfully be concealed?
8 posted on 10/08/2003 2:05:52 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: CFC__VRWC
Okay, I'm ready - let the anti-Ashcroft hysteria begin.

Naw.

I'm all for the feds rooting out state and city corruption.

What I'm not for is Asscroft's sudden love of warrantless searches, declaring American citizens on American soil 'enemy combatants' so that they can be denied all rights, and holding people indefinitely without charges.

9 posted on 10/08/2003 2:06:08 PM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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To: dead
Don't the feds have any bugs that can successfully be concealed?

Well, there's the camera in your toilet bowl. You haven't found that one yet.

PS: Magic Johnson, buddy. Magic Johnson.

10 posted on 10/08/2003 2:07:03 PM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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To: mrobison
One current investigation involves a no-bid, $1 million-a-year airport-services contract between the Street administration and a company owned by the mayor's brother, Milton Street.

Does anybody even need an “investigation” to know what this is?

11 posted on 10/08/2003 2:07:14 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Lazamataz
I saw it. But I kinda like having it there.
12 posted on 10/08/2003 2:08:01 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Lazamataz
"Well, there's the camera in your toilet bowl."

So, it's not just the Hubble Space Telescope
that is zeroing in on Uranus?
13 posted on 10/08/2003 2:10:09 PM PDT by John Beresford Tipton
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To: mrobison
One current investigation involves a no-bid, $1 million-a-year airport-services contract between the Street administration and a company owned by the mayor's brother, Milton Street

I though they only had hack o'rama corruption like this up here in Taxachusetts.

14 posted on 10/08/2003 2:10:22 PM PDT by ElectricStrawberry (Nec Aspera Terrent!!!)
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To: dead
I saw [the camera in the toilet bowl]. But I kinda like having it there.

Yeah, well, I have a message from the boys down at the precinct: Would you kindly stop mugging for the camera??!?!?

15 posted on 10/08/2003 2:12:46 PM PDT by Lazamataz (I am the extended middle finger in the fist of life.)
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To: Thud

John Street
16 posted on 10/08/2003 2:14:20 PM PDT by Pro-Bush (Homeland Security + Tom Ridge = Open Borders --> Demand Change!)
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To: Pro-Bush
What the heck is that on his head?
17 posted on 10/08/2003 2:18:42 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (For an Evil Super Genius, you aren't too bright are you?)
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To: ElectricStrawberry
I think this is why Ed Rendell got elected governor of Pennsylvania. Compared to his successor, Rendell is practically a saint.
18 posted on 10/08/2003 2:21:56 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: Dead Corpse
What the heck is that on his head?

He's serving as a foster head for Trafficant's toupee.

19 posted on 10/08/2003 2:22:06 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Current time travel velocity: 3600 seconds/hour.)
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To: KarlInOhio
ROTFLMAO!!! Dang, I'm glad I wasn't drinking anything or that woulda ruined the keyboard for sure... ;-)
20 posted on 10/08/2003 2:24:22 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (For an Evil Super Genius, you aren't too bright are you?)
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To: Dead Corpse
A receeding Afro.
21 posted on 10/08/2003 2:24:38 PM PDT by kylaka
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To: kylaka
No offense to those sporting an "afro" style haircut, but in that particular picture it looks somewhat like a Chia Pet gone horribly wrong.
22 posted on 10/08/2003 2:26:10 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (For an Evil Super Genius, you aren't too bright are you?)
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To: Dead Corpse
Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia
23 posted on 10/08/2003 2:30:29 PM PDT by mrobison
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To: Lazamataz
But the lefties won't make that distinction. As far as they're concerned, everything Ashcroft does is part of the fascist Bush plot to destroy democracy in America.
24 posted on 10/08/2003 2:33:23 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: mrobison
Did you all notice the poll on the page of the story

Should The Feds Have The Power To Bug A Local Government Official's Office?

yes = 84%
no = 16%

So much for ensuing scandal.
25 posted on 10/08/2003 2:33:46 PM PDT by Republican Red
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To: mrobison
LOL! Gordon Liddy, call your office!
26 posted on 10/08/2003 2:35:58 PM PDT by Orangedog (Soccer-Moms are the biggest threat to your freedoms and the republic !)
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To: Republican Red
The only scandal being that more government offices aren't bugged. Put a full access webcam in every one of 'em. Let's the the cockroaches scurry from the "light" of that much oversight.
27 posted on 10/08/2003 2:39:05 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (For an Evil Super Genius, you aren't too bright are you?)
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To: mrobison
Lawmen: FBI Planted Bug in Mayor's Office

By DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA - Federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday confirmed that listening devices found in the offices of Mayor John F. Street were planted by the FBI a discovery that touched off a political furor just weeks before Election Day.

Three federal law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the FBI was responsible for the bug, but refused to comment on whether the Democratic mayor is a target of an investigation or to provide any details about the nature of the probe.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, and Sen. Arlen Specter , a Republican, were among several politicians who called on the FBI Wednesday to tell the public what it knows about the eavesdropping equipment, found Tuesday.

"I think given this extraordinary situation with four weeks to go in the campaign, it is incumbent upon the FBI to say why they planted the device," Rendell said.

The bug was found during a routine sweep of Street's office by police. Street is locked in a bitter rematch against Republican businessman Sam Katz, and the campaign has been marked by charges of threats and race-baiting. Election Day is Nov. 4.

At a meeting with reporters Wednesday, Street said for the second day that he didn't know who bugged his office or why.

"I haven't done anything wrong, and I don't know that anybody in my cabinet or in my staff around me has done anything wrong," Street said.

Street's campaign suggested the bugging was instigated by the U.S. Justice Department for political reasons.

"The timing of the discovery of these listening devices seems incredibly strange, seeing that we are four weeks out of the election, and we have a Democratic mayor ahead in the polls, and we are on the eve of the first mayoral debate," Street campaign spokesman Frank Keel said.

"Do we believe that the Republican Party, both at the federal level and state level, is pulling out every stop to get Pennsylvania in 2004? Absolutely," Keel said. "Is the Republican Party capable of dirty tricks? I think that is well-documented."

U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan, the top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia, declined to say what federal agents might know about the bug but denied politics plays any role in his office's decisions.

"The U.S. Attorney's office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has a long and proud history of doing its work without regard to partisan politics. That was the practice of my predecessors, and it is my practice as well," Meehan said in a statement.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson said he turned the matter over to the FBI. He said the security sweeps of the mayor's office have been going on for decades.

An aide to Street who spoke on condition of anonymity said that more than one microphone was found and that all were within the mayor's office suite. Officials would not say how long the equipment was believed to have been in place, but police said a sweep done in June found nothing suspicious.

Katz called the discovery "breathtakingly shocking." His campaign denied having anything to do with the bugging.

Street beat Katz four years ago by fewer than 10,000 votes in this city of 1.5 million. Polls also show a neck-and-neck race in this year's campaign.

In August, someone tossed what was believed to have been an unlit firebomb through the window of a Katz campaign office. An aide to Street and a former city employee were charged with making threats after getting into a confrontation the same day. Supporters of Street, who is black, have accused supporters of Katz, who is white, of race-baiting.

28 posted on 10/08/2003 2:40:03 PM PDT by blam
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To: mrobison
NBC News correspondent Pete Williams said that several sources confirmed to him that the device was placed in the office by the U.S. government.

Name the source please!

However, a law enforcement official cautioned that the presence of the bug there does not necessarily mean that the mayor, himself, is under investigation. Officials confirmed to NBC News it was put in place by federal investigators, though they won't say specifically whether it was the work of the FBI or another agency.

Name the law enforcement office please!

Show us the bug, who found it, how it was found and when please!

This story is a fantasy that anyone can write and post.

I just found the bug!

Sony NTM-900 900 MHz BabyCall Sound-Sensor Nursery Monitor

29 posted on 10/08/2003 2:41:22 PM PDT by Major_Risktaker (Relax; 100 years from now no one will remember you were here!)
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To: dead
"Don't the feds have any bugs that can successfully be concealed?"

Yes.

30 posted on 10/08/2003 2:46:14 PM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: Dead Corpse
I'm guessing he drives a convertible.
31 posted on 10/08/2003 2:49:58 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
I suspect the reason they were found was because the concealment was not up to par... Properly concealed these guys could have missed it.

The feds use class II devices.
Depending on the ingenuity of the concealment, many class
II devices will not be located by these "expert" firms.

Even their signal fingerprint is more discreet and hard to
detect.

Class II devices are restricted to government usage. As a rule of thumb private firms are not suppose to aknowledge finding these types of devices. Unless of course they are found visually during an inspection.
32 posted on 10/08/2003 2:54:43 PM PDT by blackbag (Don't worry about your backdoor, your front door is wide open.)
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To: dead
Good tagline. And he has his eye out for you.
33 posted on 10/08/2003 2:59:59 PM PDT by doug from upland (Arnold cannot be compared to Clinton.......Clinton is a vicious biting perjuring rapist)
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To: blackbag
Interesting but the bottom line is they were not meant to be found. Street's people found them and annonced it. Now they are actually saying the timing of finding these things is suspicious?? Duh. My understanding of US Attorney practice is they will deliberately WAIT with an indictment until after an election so they do not influence the election. Whether that's right or wrong, I believe that's their policy.
34 posted on 10/08/2003 3:01:55 PM PDT by Williams
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To: mrobison
[However, a law enforcement official cautioned that the presence of the bug there does not necessarily mean that the mayor, himself, is under investigation....Williams said it was unclear if the surveillance was directly related to two ongoing federal investigations in Philadelphia....One current investigation involves a no-bid, $1 million-a-year airport-services contract between the Street administration and a company owned by the mayor's brother, Milton Street.]

Hmmmmmm. This warrants further investigation.

35 posted on 10/08/2003 3:11:34 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: mrobison
One current investigation involves a no-bid, $1 million-a-year airport-services contract between the Street administration and a company owned by the mayor's brother, Milton Street

Afro-Chutzpah.

36 posted on 10/08/2003 3:13:47 PM PDT by wardaddy (The Lizard King it was.....)
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To: mrobison
I sure hope so!
37 posted on 10/08/2003 3:23:44 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: wardaddy
A couple decades ago the then Mayor of Philidelphia wiped out a whole city block by dropping a bomb on it. There were some really POed people. Maybe the FEDs are looking to see if the mayor's office has any more WMDs.
38 posted on 10/08/2003 3:30:48 PM PDT by bayourod
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To: Lazamataz
declaring American citizens on American soil 'enemy combatants' so that they can be denied all rights

What if they are enemy combatants? You'd rather have them wandering the streets, attacking America? War is here, in America. Wake up!!! Or maybe we should just wait for another couple thousand people are killed, or maybe a million via biological attack, and then we'll have enough evidence to prove what we already knew.

39 posted on 10/08/2003 3:31:08 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (RED SOX WIN! We had 'em all the way)
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To: Dead Corpse
What the heck is that on his head?

Is he borrowing Trafficant's hairpiece while he is in prison?

40 posted on 10/08/2003 3:38:47 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: dead
"Don't the feds have any bugs that can successfully be concealed?"

Visually - yes.

Electronically - more difficult.

41 posted on 10/08/2003 3:48:11 PM PDT by Bobibutu
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To: Dead Corpse
"What the heck is that on his head?"

Kim Jong II's hairdresser defected a while back - guess we now know where he wound up.
42 posted on 10/08/2003 3:51:03 PM PDT by Bobibutu
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
We need a full investigation on who "leaked" the placement of a legal federal wiretap in a major investigation of government corruption.

Obstruction of justice at bare minimum...
43 posted on 10/08/2003 3:55:43 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TasmanianRed)
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To: mrobison
Clinton traveled to Philly 11 times to collect the payoffs.
44 posted on 10/08/2003 3:56:52 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Hillary's election to President will start a civil war)
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To: mrobison
Dang Feds!
Dang Bush!
Dang LE!
Dang Patriot Act!
Dang Bugs!
Dang Ashcroft!

We can't get away with anything illegal anymore. This is un-American, an outrage I tell you! < /sarc >
45 posted on 10/08/2003 4:02:04 PM PDT by LayoutGuru2 (Call me paranoid but finding '/*' inside this comment makes me suspicious)
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To: mrobison
Street's campaign suggested the bugging could have been instigated by the Bush administration.

Sheesh, do they really think Bush has time to deal with a pi$$ant little cretin like this? Bush is getting blamed for everything from Arnold's election to global warming, nobody is THIS good.

These people need to get a life.

MKM

46 posted on 10/08/2003 4:11:23 PM PDT by mykdsmom (We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction - Aesop)
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To: mrobison
OK... the mayor's not under investigation. That means that the Feds are breaking the law, right?
47 posted on 10/08/2003 4:12:54 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: Bobibutu; blackbag
Thanks for the info.

It'll really reveal alot about Street if he checks his office electronically for bugs.

48 posted on 10/08/2003 4:13:58 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: mrobison
Didn't Philly have 100% voter turnout in 2000, throwing PA to the Dems?
49 posted on 10/08/2003 4:18:40 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (In for the monthly deal since 3 quarterlies ago - support Free Republic!)
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To: bayourod
MOVE....post Rizzo black mayor I believe.
50 posted on 10/08/2003 4:41:50 PM PDT by wardaddy (The Lizard King it was.....)
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