FBI Made Up 'Threats' At Peace Rally, Lied To Congress, To Justify Spying Activity

from the feeling-safer? dept

Thought the days of the FBI considering any group with an agenda that disagreed with the federal government a threat to be “infiltrated” were over? Apparently not. It’s been well-established that the FBI used a ridiculously broad net in figuring out who to investigate after September 11th, targeting all sorts of groups that were clearly not terrorist fronts, including a peace rally in Pittsburgh. When the news of that came out a few years back, it got a lot of attention. The ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act to find out the details of what the FBI was doing at such rallies, and apparently a new report by the Inspector General suggests the FBI put a lot more effort into the coverup than it did in figuring out who they should actually be watching (found via Todd McDermid):

As the inspector general put it, the FBI’s elaborate, “after-the-fact reconstruction” of the Pittsburgh events, designed to fabricate a counter-terrorism rationale for the rookie’s surveillance mission, “was not corroborated by any witnesses or contemporaneous documents.”

Basically, the FBI put a lot of effort into faking a terrorist threat at this event that would require having an FBI agent sent there. They even created a fake paper trail, and all this resulted in FBI director Robert Mueller giving “inaccurate and misleading” testimony to Congress. Of course, this isn’t new. We seem to see this all the time from the Justice Department. So why is it that we keep allowing less and less oversight over the Justice Department, when they seem to just abuse their position more and more?

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ChrisB (profile) says:

We do it in Canada too

In 1998, the RCMP blew up a shack near a gas well, in order to give “credibility” to an informant. It was near Hythe, Alberta, and I remember talking to my uncle (a teacher in Hythe) who was scared sh!tless. Everyone thought the shack explosion was a terriorist attack (against the Oil Industry).

For those that don’t know, the informant eventually sold some dynamite to Wiebo Ludwig and Ludwig was charged with conspiracy.

Montezuma (profile) says:

So, baseball players lie to Congress and they get hit with charges and jail time, but the FBI(or insert any other government agency/agency head) and nothing happens? If law enforcement is caught lying in court, they get hit with all sorts of charges(misdemeanors and felonies), but this is tolerated?

I believe it is time to reorganize these law enforcement arms of the U.S. Federal Government, as there are just too many and most are not needed. National Security Letters(NSLs, i.e. printed rights violations) should be done away with, and this stupid mentality that most law enforcement(in the U.S. and abroad) has gained since September 11th needs to be dropped. Everyone you see is not a “terrorist”(new euphemism for unlabeled target) and I refuse to give up my privacy or rights while you(law enforcement) fights “terrorist”(made up targets).

Law enforcement has changed too much since I left the profession. From the looks of it, I am glad I did.

Gene Cavanaugh (profile) says:

Security and oversight

At various times I held virtually every security clearance available in the US, and I can say we complete conviction: while there are occasionally valid reasons for security (and perhaps, though I don’t believe it, lack of oversight), the real purpose of security/no_oversight is to protect the guilty from an informed public.

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