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Mike German was fired by the FBI for exposing their cover up. He now works for the ACLU and is speaking out about how the government targets people based on religion and politics, with little oversight.  (Source: Network World)
Feds have little respect for your privacy, Constitution

The police are watching you.  If you're the wrong religion, they'll spy on your every move.  If you voice the wrong political opinions they'll be watching you.  According to Mike German, a 16-year veteran with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations, this is happening right in the U.S.

Mr. German has become the FBI's worst nightmare.  Fed up with the abuses of privacy he was seeing, he complain to higher authorities and was promptly fired by the FBI.  Recently he became the ACLU's Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy [press release]. And he's speaking up about what he witnessed.

States Mr. German in a recent interview with Network World:

The most disturbing thing we've uncovered is the scope of domestic intelligence activities taking place today. Domestic spying is now being done by a host of federal agencies (FBI, DOD, DHS, DNI) as well as state and local law enforcement and even private companies. Too often this spying targets political activity and religious practices. We've documented intelligence activities targeting or obstructing First Amendment-protected activity in 33 states and DC.

He says that this Orwellian atmosphere could leave the U.S. a far different beast than the proud beacon of freedom it once was.  He states, "The biggest threat is that the increase surveillance of political activity will create a chilling effect that will dissuade people from exercising their rights, which will cause significant harm to participatory democracy."

He states that the "War on Terror" will continue to serve as an excuse for federal agencies to trample civil liberties.  He says that there are no clear-cut guidelines as to when you get put on a "watchlist" and are spied on by federal agents.  It's impossible to find out if your on a list and equally impossible to dispute or ask to be removed from a list.  

He also blasts TSA "enhanced pat-down" procedures and body scanners, calling them "unreasonable invasions of privacy that do not enhance security."

Given the Supreme Courts interpretation that privacy is a fundamental human right and thus Constitutionally protected by the Ninth Amendment, and given the First Amendments protections concerning freedom of speech and religion, Mr. German's claims are alarming.  Are U.S. federal employees deliberately spying on citizens and violating their rights, without the slightest legal accusation?

It'd be easy to dismiss Mr. German's claims as the words of a disgruntled employee.  But consider Mr. German's story of his departure from the agency:

I left the FBI when the DOJ Inspector General failed to investigate an FBI cover-up of a failed FBI counterterrorism investigation I reported, or protect me from official retaliation that resulted. I reported the information to Sen. Grassley and resigned. Grassley put pressure on the IG, so almost two years later the IG issued a report that showed the FBI falsified and backdated records about the case and retaliated against me for reporting it. I joined the ACLU two years later because I knew from my counterterrorism work that protecting civil liberties and keeping law enforcement accountable is what keeps America safe from terrorism and other crime.

Mr. German was clearly vindicated in the case that led to his dismissal.  The fact that the FBI tried to cover up its own wrongdoing and then punished Mr. German certainly damages its credibility and offers support for Mr. German's claims.



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By FITCamaro on 2/8/2011 1:26:26 PM , Rating: 3
Apparently you've never heard of a guy named William Ayers who helped bomb police stations. You know helped run a group called Weather Underground? Oh yeah and helped educate a young man named Barack Obama.

And the guy who shot that Congresswoman was a mentally ill person who voted DEMOCRAT . He was not a Tea Party member. Please show me anyone who has identified with the Tea Party who has killed anyone in the name of the Tea Party. Sure there are anti-government types out there. That doesn't make them Tea Party activists.

How about all those liberals who said Sarah Palin who should be killed after the shooting in Arizona? How about all the liberals who threaten to beat up people like Ann Coulter when they come to a college campus. How about all the violent rallies that take place when liberals are angry? Show me a Tea Party rally that has been violent. You can't. One only has to browse Youtube to find examples of violence on the liberal side of things. I heard audio yesterday of liberals at a rally saying Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court should be sent back to the fields or killed. Same goes for Roberts and Scalia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3ctO7fdrcc&feature...

But yeah its the Tea Party that is racist and hateful. We just want Obama to not win the next election. As well as people who think like him. No one is saying to kill him. But this kind of stuff doesn't make Keith Olbermann's show so it didn't happen right?


By The Raven on 2/8/2011 2:00:35 PM , Rating: 2
Dan White shot Harvey Milk. They both were Ds just like the AZ shooting.


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