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Article posted Nov 14 2012, 6:28 AM Category: Politics/Corruption Source: Glenn Greenwald Print

FBI's abuse of the surveillance state is the real scandal needing investigation

That the stars of America's national security establishment are being devoured by out-of-control surveillance is a form of sweet justice
Glenn Greenwald

The Petraeus scandal is receiving intense media scrutiny obviously due to its salacious aspects, leaving one, as always, to fantasize about what a stellar press corps we would have if they devoted a tiny fraction of this energy to dissecting non-sex political scandals (this unintentionally amusing New York Times headline from this morning - "Concern Grows Over Top Military Officers' Ethics" - illustrates that point: with all the crimes committed by the US military over the last decade and long before, it's only adultery that causes "concern" over their "ethics"). Nonetheless, several of the emerging revelations are genuinely valuable, particularly those involving the conduct of the FBI and the reach of the US surveillance state.

As is now widely reported, the FBI investigation began when Jill Kelley - a Tampa socialite friendly with Petraeus (and apparently very friendly with Gen. John Allen, the four-star U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan) - received a half-dozen or so anonymous emails that she found vaguely threatening. She then informed a friend of hers who was an FBI agent, and a major FBI investigation was then launched that set out to determine the identity of the anonymous emailer.

That is the first disturbing fact: it appears that the FBI not only devoted substantial resources, but also engaged in highly invasive surveillance, for no reason other than to do a personal favor for a friend of one of its agents, to find out who was very mildly harassing her by email.

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Posted: Nov 22 2012, 4:18 AM

9885 if only they had given 9-11 the same thorough investigation as they do with this petty fucking shit! it's fun being broke..

Posted: Dec 20 2012, 2:21 PM


Posted: Dec 27 2012, 9:54 AM

69131 The program the FBI protects and hides is called Operation Slammer.

This is a gang stalking program used to whip up a lynch mob on the target.

Slammer relies heavily on subliminal the stalkers can rationalize the harassment and stalking.

Eventually....the target loads the guns and shoots some of the stalkers and a lot of bystanders....the target is not aware of who is harassing the target.

Call it MK ULTRA salted wi gang stalking and abuse of the Patriot Act....wi Section 215 kept secretly maximize the intrusion using illegally obtained info from contract surveillance including pin hole spy cameras in target's home

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