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Friday, November 21, 2014

Out of Control Federal Undercover Agents

WASHINGTON — The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show. 
At the Supreme Court, small teams of undercover officers dress as students at large demonstrations outside the courthouse and join the protests to look for suspicious activity, according to officials familiar with the practice.

So the ever-paranoid-of-the-Federal-government GOP will be all over this, right?

Well, I know one part they are very upset about:
Within the Treasury Department, undercover agents at the I.R.S., for example, appear to have far more latitude than do those at many other agencies. I.R.S. rules say that, with prior approval, “an undercover employee or cooperating private individual may pose as an attorney, physician, clergyman or member of the news media.” 
An I.R.S. spokesman acknowledged that undercover investigators are allowed to pose in such roles with approval from senior officials. But the agency said in a statement that senior officials “are not aware of any investigations where special agents have ever posed as attorneys, physicians, members of the clergy or members of the press specifically to gain information from a privileged relationship.” 
The agency declined to say whether I.R.S. undercover agents have posed in these roles in an effort to get information that was not considered “privileged,” meaning the type of confidential information someone shares with a lawyer or doctor. José Marrero, a former I.R.S. supervisor in Miami, said he knew of situations in which tax investigators needed to assume the identity of doctors to gain the trust of a medical professional and develop evidence that is tightly held.

But bwahahaha--
Across the federal government, undercover work has become common enough that undercover agents sometimes find themselves investigating a supposed criminal who turns out to be someone from a different agency, law enforcement officials said. In a few situations, agents have even drawn their weapons on each other before realizing that both worked for the federal government.
Most relevant to 9/11 and "terrorism", the article discusses the infiltration of Muslim groups by Federal agents, and entrapment of suspects by manufactured terror plots.

The article doesn't mention, of course, how the first attack on the WTC was manufactured by the FBI, and of course doesn't dare to speculate that 9/11 itself could have had undercover agents involved in the plot, with the main hijackers entrapped in a much larger evil and insane plot.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there's no crime, we'll create one.

5:43 PM  

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