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FBI Lied About Terrorism Threats!

The US Justice Department will soon issue a report which charges that the FBI repeatedly broke the law by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist in order to obtain more than 2,000 telephone call records over the four years from 2002, including calls made by journalists. The bureau also issued authorizations for the seizure of records after the fact, in order to justify unwarranted seizures. FBI general counsel, Valerie Caproni, told the Washington Post that the agency violated privacy laws by inventing non-existent terrorist threats to justify collecting the phone records. “We should have stopped those requests from being made that way.” She explained issuing of authorizations after the fact as a “good-hearted but not well thought out” move.” Really, exactly what was “good-hearted” about breaking the law”

The Washington Post article notes a few FBI agents were concerned about violations of law, but they were working in an organization that issued a blanket authorization covering all past searches, even though the legality of this act was questioned. This story only once again emphasizes the importance of an investigating committee in the United States like the
Chilcot inquiry in the UK.

Spies Who Came In From The Heat

During the past half century of American policy towards Cuba the goals of forcing Fidel Castro from power have gone nowhere except to spread hysteria and fear concerning alleged threats from the southern isle. Last week, Walter Myers and his wife Gwendolyn, were arrested on charges of spying for the Cuban government. Mr. Myers has been under suspicion since 1995 and under an FBI investigation since 2006. Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, posed the logical question of “why were they not arrested before” and added “doesn’t the story of Cuban spying seem really ridiculous to everyone?” Castro raised the logical question of why if someone was suspected in 1995 of being a spy wasn’t action taken a might bit earlier or does the FBI and other agencies ordinarily wait a decade before taking action?

This story smells to high heaven of an attempt to block attempts for an American-Cuban reconciliation. Or, is it simply another example of inept lack of action on the part of our “security” agencies?