S & F. Thanks for bringing this here. I don't check The Intercept often enough, as they're somewhat slow at publishing new material (no complaints,
can't rush the enormous amount of research they're doing.) But everything published by them has been top-notch investigative journalism, a rarity
I'd love to be able to honestly say that I'm shocked by this, but... I'm not. I've suspected since June 5th, 2013 (date of first published Snowden
revelation) that these programs would be abused for blackmail purposes. And here's the smoking gun. Or worse, that these constitutional violations
these program's intended purpose. They sure as hell didn't help to prevent Boston or Bengazhi, did they?
Any wonder why we can't get any politicians to stand up to this rogue, shadowy, 4th branch of government? They've got a stack of dirt a foot high
(well, if we were still using paper) on each and every Representative, Congressman, Judge, and hell, probably even the interns and aides. Even
thinking of running for office? They've got a dossier on you.
Secret courts issuing secret rulings about secret laws... Un-*BLEEP*-ing American.
Its also been reported that they would share info with DEA, who would then act on the info and disguise it as a "routine traffic stop" in court
documents. Judges, defendants and their attorneys would have no way to know this had taken place, and therefore no way to defend themselves. The
practice is known as "Parallel Construction," a law enforcement process of building a parallel - or separate - evidentiary basis for a criminal
investigation in order to conceal how the investigation began.
In August 2013, a report by Reuters revealed that the Special Operations Division (SOD) of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration advises
DEA agents to practice parallel construction when creating criminal cases against Americans that are actually based on NSA warrantless surveillance.
The use of illegally-obtained evidence is generally inadmissible under the Fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine.
An example from one official about how parallel construction tips work is being told by Special Operations Division that: "Be at a certain truck stop
at a certain time and look for a certain vehicle." The tip would allow the DEA to alert state troopers and search a certain vehicle with drug-search
dogs. Parallel construction allows the prosecution building the drug case to hide the source of where the information came from to protect
confidential informants or undercover agents who may be involved with the illegal drug operation from endangering their lives.
There's no telling how deep this rabbit hole goes, and who all has access to their database.
... *takes deep breath, counts to ten... serenity now...* I could rant on this all day so I'll cut myself off for now.
Sometimes, I can't help but laugh at the absurdity of these stooges to help stay sane, so here goes.
Guandolo believes that “hundreds” of covert members of the Muslim Brotherhood are active in the United States, that some of them have
succeeded in infiltrating the Pentagon, and that CIA director John Brennan is a secret Muslim.
Huh. And people claim we're
the crazy ones for belonging to a conspiracy discussion group. Wonder if Guandolo posts here too??