IRS Also Secretly Got Intelligence Info And Was Told To Launder It

from the this-isn't-going-to-end-well dept

Reuters continues to reveal incredible details of how the intelligence community (NSA, FBI, CIA, etc.) has been sharing information with other government agencies -- mainly via the DEA's Special Operations Division (SOD) and then telling those who use that info to do law enforcement work to "launder" their own investigation to hide where they got the information from. The example given was that, perhaps, the FBI or the NSA might provide the SOD with information about a truck likely to have drugs. SOD then tells other DEA agents to look for "this kind of truck in this truck stop," and then the DEA has local police stop the truck on a traffic violation, leading to a "random" search and voila, drug trafficker arrested.

The latest is that apparently, the DEA's SOD isn't just giving this info to DEA agents... but also to other agencies, including the IRS, who is again instructed to "launder" where the evidence came from in order to hide that it was the result of intelligence gathering.
A 350-word entry in the Internal Revenue Manual instructed agents of the U.S. tax agency to omit any reference to tips supplied by the DEA's Special Operations Division, especially from affidavits, court proceedings or investigative files. The entry was published and posted online in 2005 and 2006, and was removed in early 2007. The IRS is among two dozen arms of the government working with the Special Operations Division, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency.

An IRS spokesman had no comment on the entry or on why it was removed from the manual. Reuters recovered the previous editions from the archives of the Westlaw legal database, which is owned by Thomson Reuters Corp, the parent of this news agency.
This is almost certainly unconstitutional, as a due process violation, by hiding the evidence used to arrest someone. Furthermore, even if you think that it's reasonable that if the FBI or NSA comes across some details of, say, a tax cheat or a drug deal, that they should pass that info along to a relevant agency, at best you could make an argument that this made sense when those investigations were narrow and targeted at wrongdoing. Yet, as we've seen, surveillance capabilities for both the NSA and FBI have been expanding rapidly, such that nowadays they're collecting information on absolutely everyone. When you have information on everyone, it's not hard to construct "patterns" that can be passed along to various agencies for the purpose of directly targeting individuals. The risk of abuse of this kind of information gathering and information sharing is tremendous.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Aug 2013 @ 8:44am

    As a small time (not wealthy) individual the CIA, DEA, FBI, NSA,DEA and a host of other genetically called Alphabet Soup Agencies are called more formally Government. Government includes Federal, State, County, and local including all subdivisions there of such as school districts.

    On the other side we have corporations such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Face Book et who have willingly or unwillingly joined into a conspiracy to (in their terminology) data mine by disregarding all computer fraud acts or (in street logo) out and out steel all information be that political, financial or what ever from all public and private sources.

    Combining the government and corporate together was called mercantilism in the 19 century. In the first part of the 20th adding mercantilism together with political parties having their own police power the European fascism system came into being.

    Back in the USA we have the intelligence community combined with the military in an attempt to provide world wide US police power of all other countries, combined with the DEA, FBI, IRS, and SS (US Secret Service) in am attempt to provide world wide police power against the individual, be that US citizens or not, in an attempt to remove all notions of freedom and wealth by some form of exploration by what is called taxation. The latter becomes interesting when the target of the tax exploration is not a US citizen and not in the US. Putting all this together one name that is given this is totalitarianism. There are other names but the meaning is always much the same.

    Remember those corporations one of which is Microsoft. Now not having any specifics could it be that what really happened here is that the government helped propagate a world wide 90+% monopoly of desktop computers use of the Microsoft operating system in order for said government agencies to spy on all domestic and foreign computers. If that is true then we have a full and complete explanation of why the Microsoft monopoly trial went belly up. The government was in collusion with Microsoft. Microsoft provided the back doors; the government provided the monopoly. Well, that tells up what the government got, back doors but what could Microsoft have gotten. If there are back doors and if there are computers on wall street then all one would have to do is know the back doors to know what is going on on wall street. Wait, isn't that exactly what Bloomberg did with the Bloomberg terminals and the Bloomberg news reporters?

    Now we know why Snowden revelations are so damning. He not only exposed how the government has acquired back doors to all computers but also that the computer wheels can use these back doors to manipulate a few small organizations like world wide central banks, world wide banks and trading firms, data mining of world wide technical data.

    And we thought Wall Street stock insider trading for a few billionaires was a big deal. That is nothing to having world wide insider financial data and world wide inside military data.

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