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The net is closing on a second "Edward Snowden-style" whistle-blower who has reportedly been identified by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, it emerged yesterday.
Agents had identified an employee of a US contracting firm who was suspected of leaking a US government watch list of terrorists to a journalist linked to Snowden, Yahoo News reported.
Agents had reportedly searched the suspect's home and a criminal investigation had been opened by prosecutors in the US state of Virginia. However, no one had been arrested or charged, the report said.
The latest leaked documents, which apparently reveal that almost half the people on US terror watch lists have no known affiliation with any terrorist group, appeared online in August.
The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place entire “categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted.
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originally posted by: HardCorps
now to be honest with ya all I'd never heard of this group, The Intercept, before today but looking over the list of Documents they have posted to their website, they do indeed have several Secret and top secret Doc's posted there
US government reaction
On August 15, 2014, U.S. National Counterintelligence Executive (NCE) William Evanina confirmed that the FBI is moving forward with a probe into how classified documents were leaked to The Intercept for its article "Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers" published on August 5. "It's a criminal act that has us very concerned," said Evanina, a former FBI special agent with a counter-terrorism specialty who was appointed NCE by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper in May 2014.
In August 2014, The Intercept revealed that members of the US military are banned from reading it.
who ever this guy is in some deep doo-doo.... and I bet the TPTB keep his story and capture very quite.
no one had been arrested or charged, the report said.
If the numbers from the Obama administration’s counterterrorism operations are accurate, there are more than 20,000 Americans who have links to terrorism. At least 800 of them are being prevented from flying on planes.
The Intercept, which obtained classified documents pertaining to the government’s Terrorist Screening Database. That database includes names of 680,000 people, mostly foreign residents, who have been placed on watch lists. But more than 40% of those on the list have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation,”
Obama has boosted the number of people on the no fly list more than ten-fold, to an all-time high of 47,000
The databases just keep growing, at a rate of 900 entries per day. The top five cities represented by people on the watchlist are New York; Dearborn, Mich.; Houston; San Diego; and Chicago.
The groups with the most names on the list internationally are al Qaeda in Iraq (73,189), the Taliban (62,794), al Qaeda (50,446), Hamas (21,913) and Hezbollah (21,199).
I wouldn't be surprised if they're "playing ball" so to speak.