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Article posted Aug 05 2013, 5:07 PM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: Common Dreams Print

Is NSA Secretly Feeding Spy Intel to Police for Petty Crimes?

Repeated claims that surveillance network only used for counter-terrorism belied by new documents from DEA
by Jon Queally

An exclusive investigative report by Reuters appears to confirm fears held by critics that the vast network of surveillance programs maintained by the National Security Agency is being used not only for countering international terrorism, but also for targeting common criminals within the U.S.

Though NSA officials and their backers have repeatedly said that the spy programs are designed to "keep America safe" from international terrorism, the new revelations show that domestic law enforcement is likely being supplied with data from these same operations.

According to the report, a secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit—called Special Operations Division, or SOD—"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."

Documents obtained by Reuters reveal that DEA agents or other law enforcement agencies are supplied with information used from "classified" sources to initiate investigations but that internal protocols demand that investigators then "recreate" the source of where the information came from so to keep SOD's involvement off the books.

Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011, told Reuters she'd "never heard of anything like this."

From Reuters:
Gertner and other legal experts said the program sounds more troubling than recent disclosures that the National Security Agency has been collecting domestic phone records. The NSA effort is geared toward stopping terrorists; the DEA program targets common criminals, primarily drug dealers.

"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."
Though the secretive and classified nature of these programs makes it impossible to know the degree to which they betray constitutional and legal norms, the revelations only deepen the suspicions about how the spying capabilities are being used by government agencies.

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist behind much of the recent reporting on the NSA spying programs, read the Reuter's article and tweeted in response:
Defense attorneys who spoke to Reuters called the program "outrageous," "indefensible," and "blatantly unconstitutional."

"You can't game the system," said one former federal prosecutor. "You can't create this subterfuge. These are drug crimes, not national security cases. If you don't draw the line here, where do you draw it?"

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Posted: Aug 05 2013, 5:20 PM

687 of course many have been saying this is going on all along and we are not suprised.this government is going under one pretence and doing something else.

Posted: Aug 05 2013, 7:28 PM

65110 Then stop believing them for Pete's sake. They want to eliminate any opposition at the "speeding ticket" phase.

Posted: Aug 05 2013, 7:34 PM

65110 Soon they'll put someone on a database because he chose the wrong toy in the kindergarten. This way troublemakers are identified before they even think of revolting against their masters.

Posted: Aug 05 2013, 7:42 PM

687 read it again.65110

Posted: Aug 05 2013, 8:08 PM

173242 Police feed info to the feds, feds feed info to the police. A vicious cycle that needs to be broken.

Posted: Aug 06 2013, 8:44 AM

65110 dougo I get it now, speedreading backfired on me but the ugly font on my screen played a part too :)

Posted: Aug 06 2013, 9:06 AM

687 just wondering if people are so scared of their own government they post anonymously or what.want our country back?fight them face to face.I have and it almost cost me my life.I won.there are worse things than the inevitable.

Posted: Aug 06 2013, 2:11 PM

65110 Anonymity is like cover in a firefight, one can't last long without it

Posted: Aug 06 2013, 7:52 PM

173242 True, 65110.
Also, one won't last long if he doesn't know how to pick his battles.
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