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    Give Me Liberty
    Blue Wall of Lawlessness
    The NYPD has a long-standing reputation
    for its "excessive" surveillance.
    Now more than ever.


    by Nat Hentoff
    May 1st, 2007 3:50 PM


    Democratic Senator Frank Church:
    Constitutional enemy of FBI, CIA and NSA.


    During the 1970s, an American hero, the late Democratic senator Frank Church of Idaho, exposed the secret illegal operations of the FBI, the CIA, and the National Security Agency.

    As head of a Senate committee to study government intelligence activities, Church, with special indignation, condemned the FBI's COINTELPRO surveillance and infiltration of lawful dissenting organizations, thereby becoming my hero because, at the time, I was reporting on the FBI—as it was reporting to J. Edgar Hoover on me.

    With so few civics classes in schools around the country during the last quarter-century, I doubt if many Americans know who Frank Church was, let alone are aware of his 1975 pledge to the American people after his hearings on epidemic government lawlessness: "The American people need to be assured that never again will an agency of the government be permitted to conduct a secret war against those citizens it considers a threat to the established order."

    ...more - http://www.villagevoice.com/news/071...f,76516,2.html
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    A new Frank Church is sorely needed now in New York City's government. The New York Civil Liberties Union is acutely aware of how Church's pledge to protect the Constitution from its official despoilers has been scorned not only by the CIA, the NSA, and the FBI, but also by the New York City Police Department under the constitutionally challenged Mayor Michael Bloomberg. zg
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    "The FBI Informant Who Mounted a Sting Operation Against the FBI

    "[Saeed] Torres isn't an all-American guy. He's an FBI informant, one of more than 15,000 domestic spies who make up the largest surveillance network ever created in the United States. During J. Edgar Hoover’s COINTELPRO operations, the bureau had just 1,500 informants. The drug war brought that number up to about 6,000. After 9/11, the bureau recruited so many new informants -- many of them crooks and convicts, desperate for money or leniency on previous crimes -- that the government had to develop software to help agents track their spies.

    "Torres agreed to participate in that independent film, of course. In (T)ERROR, which has its New York premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 16 [2015], he offers the rest of us an unprecedented look inside an FBI counterterrorism sting as it unfolds. The documentary is compelling for its intimate portrayal of a single informant who has played a key role in several major terrorism cases.

    "Informants represent the manpower behind the FBI's controversial stings, which are intended to find would-be terrorists before they attack. In the decade after 9/11, 158 defendants were prosecuted following these undercover operations, which are usually led by an informant and provide the means and opportunity for someone to attempt to commit an act of terrorism. A Human Rights Watch report in 2014 criticized the FBI for targeting “particularly vulnerable people, including those with intellectual and mental disabilities and the indigent.” Late last week, for example, the FBI arrested a mentally troubled 20-year-old in Topeka, Kansas, after he allegedly attempted to bomb Fort Riley with the help of two undercover FBI informants.

    "While there are more than 15,000 FBI informants, most are low-level operatives who provide scraps of information or tips about people in their community. Only a few of them at any time are high-level operators like Torres -- professional liars who travel the country as agents provocateur in elaborate stings. They can make $100,000 or more for every case they work. Torres, a former Black Panther and convict who robbed New York City transit booths, is one of these operators, a freelance agent who portrays himself as a 'radicalized Muslim,' as the government's terminology puts it."

    Read the full article at: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2...ant-stung-fbi/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodo View Post
    "While there are more than 15,000 FBI informants, most are low-level operatives who provide scraps of information or tips about people in their community. Only a few of them at any time are high-level operators like Torres -- professional liars who travel the country as agents provocateur in elaborate stings. They can make $100,000 or more for every case they work. Torres, a former Black Panther and convict who robbed New York City transit booths, is one of these operators, a freelance agent who portrays himself as a 'radicalized Muslim,' as the government's terminology puts it."

    Read the full article at: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2...ant-stung-fbi/
    Well, I didn't try to sting the FBI, I did help take down a US Attorney.
    "The dogs bark but the caravan moves on."
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