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The Cato Institute is taking the FBI to court for its refusal to provide over a thousand documents on its domestic political surveillance program.

The public interest lawsuit seeks to force the FBI and Department of Justice to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made last year for 1,082 pages of documents related to legally dubious domestic intelligence gathering operations of political and civil society groups from 2013 to 2020.

Patrick Eddington, who is spearheading the effort, has so far published evidence of the FBI engaging in non-predicated “assessments” of conservative groups such as Concerned Women For America and organizations linked to the Palestinian cause like the Muslim Justice League. Eddington has reason to believe that what has been uncovered so far is only the tip of the iceberg.

The branch of the FBI responsible for providing FOIA documents responded to Eddington’s request in June 2020. The lawsuit states that while agreeing to comply with their legal obligations, the FBI has yet to produce a single document related to the request and told Eddington that he would have to wait five and a half years to see the files.

It should be noted that Cato’s legal efforts focus primarily on the methodology used by federal agents to decide which groups to target, not specific details on the particular groups they have targeted.

Evidence so far suggests that there is no objective oversight over the FBI’s activities in defense of civil liberties and that it operates more as a rogue political enforcement group instead of a law enforcement agency subject to typical checks and balances.

Following the 2016, the FBI decided to polarize public opinion for and against it, siding with liberals — who hold most of the institutional power in the US — who supported them during their attempted coup d’etat against Donald Trump, Operation Crossfire Hurricane.

The winds are starting to turn against them, however. The Larry Nasser scandal, where FBI agents engaged in a systematic cover up to protect a serial child molester, is only the latest embarrassment for the disgraced organization, with calls to depose director Christopher Wray growing.

Interestingly, both Democrats and Republicans in the House are increasing scrutiny on the out-of-control secret police force. While the mainstream media has typically refused to cover FBI shootings critically, the recent killing of a man in Oakland by an FBI agent under dubious circumstances is beginning to gain attention in some national outlets.

(Republished from National Justice by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: FBI, Government Surveillance 
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  1. A lawsuit is exactly what’s needed.

    Ask the gov’t via their courts to release information on gov’t corruption.

    That will surely work.

    • LOL: Realist
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  2. @RoatanBill

    A lawsuit is exactly what’s needed.

    Ask the gov’t via their courts to release information on gov’t corruption.

    That will surely work.

    It is the ONLY thing that will work without near complete destruction of the system, in which case the Deagel 30% figure is optimistic.

    The next thing is you’ll crow: “I’ll be among that 30%!”

    Maybe, but your life will really suck.

    This is the kind of journalism that is needed right now. The criminality of the Deep State has to be exposed to the public credibly. It is the first step in the process. The court resolution is at the end.

    Unless it goes international, then the US may be the most sanctioned nation in the history of the world.

    And then your life will really suck.

    It took four little girls to break the ice. The process with the FBI is definitely started, they are very much on the defensive. This little “asset seizure” they pulled recently will also hurt them badly, and hopefully put that practice in the coffin.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
    , @Randy Dazzler
  3. @Randy Dazzler

    At best, they’ll find a patsy or two in the FBI and nail him, leaving all the top criminals, that have been obvious for at least all of Trump’s reign, alone.

    The FBI, NSA, CIA, and all the other intel agencies are all part of the same cabal. The CIA’s been running drugs for decades and everyone with any interest in such things knows it and not a damned thing has happened to any of them. All the FBI names that came up when they were hounding Trump are still free as a bird and making money off their fame.

    Asking the gov’t to air their dirty laundry is stupidity on steroids if the expected outcome is a full airing and with prosecutions AND CONVICTIONS all the way to the top of the deep state. They have no reason to ever do such a thing because they control what the law says, what the media reports and whom the law prosecutes and that certainly is NEVER the top criminals in the regime.

    Let me know when they go after Pelosi, Shumer, Hillary and the rest of the visible deep state. I’ll hold my breath till Durham finishes up with all his indictments. LOL

    • Agree: Realist
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  4. @RoatanBill

    Asking the gov’t to air their dirty laundry is stupidity on steroids….

    They aren’t exactly being asked. Your description is certainly one of business as usual.

    What you seem to be discounting is that external conditions have changed. The results of the Afghanistan withdrawal clearly indicate there is a new understanding of the balance of powers under the surface and the US has lost its gets to do whatever it wants status.

    Part of my plea here is to the international authorities to allow the US to clean its own house. My understanding is that all of your allegations are true, and there are way more than that. Don’t forget, not only does this “hidden history” exist in enclaves of the internet, but a more comprehensive version exists in the files of the world’s intelligence agencies.

    I fully expect all the truth of the cabal to come out, and I expect it to have devastating economic consequences as the responsible elements are removed from power and those parts of the economy which are based on the grift collapse.

    We are in for a ride, the ultimate destination is a better place, a civilized economy. Converting from an exploitation economy will work best if the exploiters are convinced it is in their best interest to perform the conversion.

    Don’t hold your breath, but don’t blink either. Many of the perps will probably pass before their day in court, but they already see their legacies lie in tatters, and that actually matters a lot to them.

    Go ahead, imply I’m stupid again.

  5. @Randy Dazzler

    The US answers to no one.

    We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.
    Karl Rove

    There are no international authorities with any balls in general and certainly none that will even hint at US crimes in public. The UN is a US subsidiary. Should they even try to mention US crimes, the US would put the heat on to make them change their tune. If that didn’t work, the US could just walk away and tell them to pound sand. The US has the weapons for a might makes right foreign policy and decades of experience implementing it. What anyone know doesn’t matter as long as no one is willing to take the US on either politically or militarily and that’s been the situation since WW-II.

    Now, if the US economy were to collapse, that might alter dynamics, and is what I’m hoping for, and soon. That would most likely usher in a hard military dictatorship to regain and then maintain order after the cities burn; a change from the soft military dictatorship the US has been since JFK got whacked. Even then, no one is going to take out the human trash in the gov’t as long as the military capability is there. An in your face dictatorship could last for a decade or more. Way too long for me to consider what might come out the other end.

  6. The US answers to no one.

    This, and your first paragraph, I disagree with. (Some would argue “Israel!!!” here.) The conditions have changed. Ultimately, that rests on military capability, but there is a good deal of pragmatism involved as well. Of course, it won’t be publicly announced.

    Your second paragraph is what I would call the likely failure scenario.

    Rove is a sick fuck. Part of the Iraq War Crime Crew.

  7. @Randy Dazzler

    I’m yer huckleberry. We ain’t headed for a better place. The “truth” isn’t ever going to come out. We kinda know that, and kinda know what’s going on. That’s never going to change anything.

    Ammo up and prepare.

    Sugar, salt, alcohol. Coffee. Beans. Skills. Anything you can trade.

    Whilst everybody else is looting the grocery store, loot the library for skills books. Gardening, carpentry, etc. Find the primitive life section and steal all that shit. Grab some classics while you are at it. Ya never know. Might need some entertainment 200 years from now if anybody can still read.

    This ain’t gonna get better.

    I like your vision, but I don’t think it’s happ’nin’.

    • Replies: @Randy Dazzler
  8. @Pissedoffalese

    Oh, Darling, don’t be so pessimistic, but being prepared for the worst is being prepared for anything, so thanks for letting me know what I can get you for your birthday.

    I still have all my college textbooks, and have frequented used books stores as a hobby. I even have a copy of “Anarchist Cookbook” in some box.

    There was some stuff I wanted to get into the public record, yeah ‘vision’ is a fair word, appreciate that, and this seemed like the best place to do it. I was even more pleased when I read the ‘about’ and found out Mr. Unz has a background in Physics. I am also pleased that Michael Hudson reads his comment sections, too.

    Okay, maybe I am overly optimistic, but I have a really good track record. Keep your eyes open, WSJ turned on the FBI. Just sayin’. And we got Striker.

    What the Durham investigation is doing is worth watching too. Too slow for Trump’s taste, but maybe they weren’t slow walking but being thorough and doing a little herding behind the scenes.

    I’m happier being optimistic than pessimistic.

    Yer Dude, today’s TS.

  9. @Randy Dazzler

    It took four little girls to break the ice. The process with the FBI is definitely started, …

    Here’s another example:

    I have copied this from Ms. Gabbard’s twitter. Removal of some line wrapping done to reduce the size.

    [MORE]

    Tulsi Gabbard Hibiscus @TulsiGabbard Sep 19

    (1) How much is a little girl worth?

    That’s a question we should never have to ask because the answer should be threaded through our society It should be a fact We take for granted That we would never…

    (2) …leave her stranded Or worse – when she cries out, turn back Just to protect those who attack her

    @Simone_Biles
    @Aly_Raisman
    @McKaylaMaroney
    @MagsGotSwag12

    And hundreds of others

    We are listening

    Your testimony before the US Senate was devastating and sickening…

    (3) …FBI agents were not only derelict in their duty — They chose to turn a blind eye to Nassar’s abhorrent crimes

    So I say —
    To the men and women of the FBI What perversion of justice Within your own minds
    Made you decide Not to protect the innocent…

    (4) …Instead you put yourself on the line To protect a rapist and a pedophile

    Why?

    When these girls cried for help
    When they cried for justice
    You turned your backs

    Because it was more important to you
    To protect yourself
    To protect the interests of the elite…

    (5) …To protect an establishment That facilitated the abuse of young girls For generations

    What you did was not just a violation
    It was straight exploitation
    Just like Nassar Exploited his access To young girls who trusted him…

    (6) …It was his job to protect them From injury
    And it was your job to protect them From predators
    Instead, you conspired to betray them In the worst way

    You are complicit
    In the abuse they received
    And you must be held accountable…

    (7) …There cannot be A different system of justice For the elite

    We have an example to set
    Predators and their protectors everywhere should live in fear
    When – like Simone said – they see that justice is swift and severe…

    (8) …So how much is a little girl worth?
    If you say less than the cost
    To cover your own ass

    Shame on you

    If you say
    Less than your salary
    Less than the reputation Of a powerful pedophile

    Shame on you

    You do not belong in civilized society…

    (9) …How much is a little girl worth?

    She is worth sending predators and their protectors to prison
    She is worth our time and attention

    Bottom line: She is worth our protection.

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