I have made the point in several recent posts that America is already in a soft police state and that if we did not begin to reign in the Federal Government and agencies such as the NSA that it would only be a matter of time before we were in a hard police state.
If this story is true we may be closer to the hard police state than I imagined. The DEA is using a program which began in 1994 with the intent of targeting Latin American drug cartels to prosecute American citizens. The information used in the prosecution comes from wiretaps and telephone records. Sound familiar?
A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit 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.
Once again we have an example of a government program expanding well beyond its original intent, but it gets much worse:
The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to “recreate” the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don’t know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence – information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.
DEA agents are taught how to recreate the trail which led to the arrest! ‘Recreate’ sounds an awful lot like cover up and hide where the information came from because to admit where it came from would constitute a violation of our Constitutional rights.
But the DEA is not acting alone because this information has to come from somewhere, so who is the DEA partnering with?
Two dozen partner agencies comprise the unit, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security.
The agency has partnered with the IRS, which is guilty of targeting political enemies, and with the NSA, which is guilty of illegally gathering information on all emails, browsing history, and telephone calls of virtually all American citizens.
We have been told that the NSA was simply data-mining and that the actual content of the emails and the telephone calls were not being monitored, but rather the information was being used to flag dangerous patterns related to national security.
So, the DEA and the NSA are partners and while we are told our private correspondence is not being monitored it certainly appears as if the DEA is indeed monitoring the content of emails and telephone records for use in cases which have nothing to do with national security.
There can be only one reason, in my opinion, why the DEA would feel the need to hide where the information came from and that is because it came from ill-gotten and unconstitutional means.
“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.”
The American people had better start putting two and two together and realize that all of these spying scandals are not individual scandals but rather are linked before it is too late…..if isn’t already.
Slowly but surely we are being drained of our Constitutional rights. America’s Watchtower’s tagline is a quote from James Madison: “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
That quote has never seemed so true than it does right now.
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