Sunday, November 09, 2014

The FBI : America’s Secret Police

America now resembles Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipalago    

ANTIWAR.COM
By John W. Whitehead
11/08/2014

We want no Gestapo or secret police. The FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail. J. Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him. – President Harry S. Truman

Secret police. Secret courts. Secret government agencies. Surveillance. Intimidation tactics. Harassment. Torture. Brutality. Widespread corruption. Entrapment schemes.


These are the hallmarks of every authoritarian regime from the Roman Empire to modern-day America, yet it’s the secret police – tasked with silencing dissidents, ensuring compliance, and maintaining a climate of fear – who sound the death knell for freedom in every age.

Every regime has its own name for its secret police: Mussolini’s OVRA carried out phone surveillance on government officials. 

Stalin’s NKVD carried out large-scale purges, terror and depopulation. Hitler’s Gestapo went door to door ferreting out dissidents and other political “enemies” of the state. 


And in the U.S., it’s the Federal Bureau of Investigation that does the dirty work of ensuring compliance, keeping tabs on potential dissidents, and punishing those who dare to challenge the status quo.

Whether the FBI is planting undercover agents in churches, synagogues and mosques; issuing fake emergency letters to gain access to Americans’ phone records; using intimidation tactics to silence Americans who are critical of the government, or persuading impressionable individuals to plot acts of terror and then entrapping them, the overall impression of the nation’s secret police force is that of a well-dressed thug, flexing its muscles and doing the boss’ dirty work.


Indeed, a far cry from the glamorized G-men depicted in Hollywood film noirs and spy thrillers, the government’s henchmen have become the embodiment of how power, once acquired, can be so easily corrupted and abused.

Case in point: the FBI is being sued after its agents, lacking sufficient evidence to acquire a search warrant, disabled a hotel’s Internet and then impersonated Internet repair technicians in order to gain access to a hotel suite and record the activities of the room’s occupants. 


Justifying the warrantless search as part of a sting on Internet gambling, FBI officials insisted that citizens should not expect the same right to privacy in the common room of a hotel suite as they would at home in their bedroom.

Far from being tough on crime, FBI agents are also among the nation’s most notorious lawbreakers. In fact, in addition to creating certain crimes in order to then “solve” them, the FBI also gives certain informants permission to break the law, “including everything from buying and selling illegal drugs to bribing government officials and plotting robberies,” in exchange for their cooperation on other fronts. 


USA Today estimates that agents have authorized criminals to engage in as many as 15 crimes a day. Some of these informants are getting paid astronomical sums: one particularly unsavory fellow, later arrested for attempting to run over a police officer, was actually paid $85,000 for his help laying the trap for an entrapment scheme.


In a stunning development reported by The Washington Post, a probe into misconduct by an FBI agent has resulted in the release of at least a dozen convicted drug dealers from prison. Several suspects awaiting trial have also been freed, and more could be released as the unnamed agent’s caseload comes under scrutiny. As the Post reports: “The scope and type of alleged misconduct by the agent have not been revealed, but defense lawyers involved in the cases described the mass freeing of felons as virtually unprecedented – and an indication that convictions could be in jeopardy. Prosecutors are periodically faced with having to drop cases over police misconduct, but it is unusual to free those who have been found guilty.”


In addition to procedural misconduct, trespassing, enabling criminal activity, and damaging private property, the FBI’s laundry list of crimes against the American people includes surveillance, disinformation, blackmail, entrapment, intimidation tactics, and harassment.




For example, the Associated Press recently lodged a complaint with the Dept. of Justice after learning that FBI agents created a fake AP news story and emailed it, along with a clickable link, to a bomb threat suspect in order to implant tracking technology onto his computer and identify his location. Lambasting the agency, AP attorney Karen Kaiser railed, “The FBI may have intended this false story as a trap for only one person. However, the individual could easily have reposted this story to social networks, distributing to thousands of people, under our name, what was essentially a piece of government disinformation.”

Then again, to those familiar with COINTELPRO, an FBI program created to “disrupt, misdirect, discredit, and neutralize” groups and individuals the government considers politically objectionable, it should come as no surprise that the agency has mastered the art of government disinformation.


Anti-war protesters targeted, monitored
The FBI has been particularly criticized in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks for targeting vulnerable individuals and not only luring them into fake terror plots but actually equipping them with the organization, money, weapons and motivation to carry out the plots – entrapment – and then jailing them for their so-called terrorist plotting. 

This is what the FBI characterizes as “forward leaning – preventative – prosecutions.”



Another fallout from 9/11, National Security Letters, one of the many illicit powers authorized by the USA PATRIOT Act, allows the FBI to secretly demand that banks, phone companies, and other businesses provide them with customer information and not disclose the demands. An internal audit of the agency found that the FBI practice of issuing tens of thousands of NSLs every year for sensitive information such as phone and financial records, often in non-emergency cases, is riddled with widespread violations.

The FBI’s surveillance capabilities, on a par with the National Security Agency, boast a nasty collection of spy tools ranging from Stingray devices that can track the location of cell phones to Triggerfish devices which allow agents to eavesdrop on phone calls. In one case, the FBI actually managed to remotely reprogram a “suspect’s” wireless Internet card so that it would send “real-time cell-site location data to Verizon, which forwarded the data to the FBI.”


Now the FBI is seeking to expand its already invasive hacking powers to allow agents to hack into any computer, anywhere in the world. As journalist Brett Wilkins warns:

If the proposed rule change is approved, the FBI would have the power to unleash “network investigative techniques” against computers anywhere in the world, allowing the agency to secretly install malware and spyware on any computer, effectively allowing it to control that computer and all its stored information. The FBI could download all the computer’s digital contents, switch its camera or microphone on or off and even control other computers in its network.


And then there’s James Comey, current director of the FBI, who knows enough to say all the right things about the need to abide by the Constitution, all the while his agency routinely discards it. Comey has this idea that the government’s powers shouldn’t be limited, especially when it comes to carrying out surveillance on American citizens. Responding to reports that Apple and Google are creating smart phones that will be more difficult to hack into, Comey has been lobbying Congress and the White House to force technology companies to keep providing the government with backdoor access to Americans’ cell phones.


Hoover
It’s not all Comey’s fault, though. This transformation of the FBI into a secret police force can be traced back to the days of J. Edgar Hoover. As author Anthony S. Summers points out, it was Hoover who “built the first federal fingerprint bank, and his Identification Division would eventually offer instant access to the prints of 159 million people. His Crime Laboratory became the most advanced in the world.”


Eighty years after Hoover instituted the FBI’s first fingerprint “database” – catalogued on index cards, no less – the agency’s biometric database has grown to massive proportions, the largest in the world, encompassing everything from fingerprints, palm, face and iris scans to DNA, and is being increasingly shared between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in an effort to target potential criminals long before they ever commit a crime. This is what’s known as pre-crime.

If it were just about fighting the “bad guys,” that would be one thing. But as countless documents make clear, the FBI has a long track record of abusing its extensive powers in order to blackmail politicians, spy on celebrities and high-ranking government officials, and intimidate dissidents of all stripes. It’s an old tactic, used effectively by former authoritarian regimes.


In fact, as historian Robert Gellately documents, the Nazi police state was repeatedly touted as a model for other nations to follow, so much so that Hoover actually sent one of his right-hand men, Edmund Patrick Coffey, to Berlin in January 1938 at the invitation of Germany’s secret police. As Gellately noted, “[A]fter five years of Hitler’s dictatorship, the Nazi police had won the FBI’s seal of approval.”



Indeed, so impressed was the FBI with the Nazi order that, as the New York Timesrecently revealed, in the decades after World War II, the FBI, along with other government agencies, aggressively recruited at least a thousand Nazis, including some of Hitler’s highest henchmen, brought them to America, hired them on as spies and informants, and then carried out a massive cover-up campaign to ensure that their true identities and ties to Hitler’s holocaust machine would remain unknown. Moreover, anyone who dared to blow the whistle on the FBI’s illicit Nazi ties found himself spied upon, intimidated, harassed and labeled a threat to national security.

So not only have American taxpayers have been paying to keep ex-Nazis on the government payroll for decades but we’ve been subjected to the very same tactics used by the Third Reich: surveillance, militarized police, overcriminalization, and a government mindset that views itself as operating outside the bounds of the law.


Yet as I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, it’s no coincidence that the similarities between the American police state and past totalitarian regimes such as Nazi Germany grow more pronounced with each passing day. This is how freedom falls, and tyrants come to power.

Suffice it to say that when and if a true history of the FBI is ever written, it will not only track the rise of the American police state but it will also chart the decline of freedom in America: how a nation that once abided by the rule of law and held the government accountable for its actions has steadily devolved into a police state where justice is one-sided, a corporate elite runs the show, representative government is a mockery, police are extensions of the military, surveillance is rampant, privacy is extinct, and the law is little more than a tool for the government to browbeat the people into compliance.




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Obama Doubles Number Of Troops Authorized For Iraq, Doubles Down On U.S. Military Deaths

Just in time to re-deploy U.S. troops from lost, illegal, immoral Afgan war; Satanic spawn of CIA mother now doubles-down, takes revenge on military personnel for loss of Congress  

WASHINGTON POST
By Missy Ryan
11/07/2014

President Obama authorized Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday to send up to 1,500 additional U.S. troops to Iraq, roughly doubling the force the United States has built up since June to fight the Islamic State militants who control much of Iraq and Syria.


Traitors, murderers:  Obama with poodle Hagel
The announcement of a major increase in the U.S. force in Iraq deepens U.S. involvement in a messy regional conflict that officials are warning may last for years. The White House said it would request $5.6 billion for the military campaign against the Islamic State, including $1.6 billion to train and equip Iraqi troops.

The additional American troops will expand a military advisory mission that began this summer and will establish a new effort to train Iraqi forces, Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, said in a statement.


Kirby said U.S. Central Command will establish training sites for Iraqi forces in several locations in the northern, western and southern parts of the country. American troops had previously been confined to Baghdad and Irbil in the north.


Obama, Hagel, JCS, DOD will now begin sending coffins home again from Iraq - with an assist from their new GOP masters in Congress who can't wait to start WWIII

Iraqi security forces have been struggling to retake territory controlled by the Islamic State, which has drawn its strength from the conflict in neighboring Syria.

The troop increase comes as U.S. and allied war planes continue their strikes on militant targets in Iraq and Syria.



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HISTORY : WAYNE MADSEN IN JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Obama's Old Hometown

A CITY OF SECRETS TO THE PRESENT DAY AUGUST 15-17, 2011 -- DATELINE JAKARTA

By Wayne Madsen
08/17/2011

Indonesian law required Obama to have sole Indonesian citizenship when enrolled in public school in Jakarta.


Jakarta, Indonesia is where young Barack Obama grew up with his CIA-connected mother, Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro, and his Indonesian army officer step-father, Lolo Soetoro. Obama's attendance at two schools that from 1967 to 1971 required the student to be an Indonesian citizen -- a time frame when Indonesian law did not permit dual citizenship -- means that the so-called "birthers," those who claim that Barack Obama was not born in Honolulu, Hawaii but in another country, have been on a dead-end wild goose chase.


The answers to Obama's eligibility to serve as President of the United States is not found in Hawaii or Kenya, but in the narrow alleyways in this sprawling Indonesian capital city.


Obama with mother Stanley Ann Dunham
It was the renouncement of Obama's U.S. citizenship that permitted him to be enrolled in two schools in Jakarta -- the Santo Fransiskus Assisi Catholic parochial school from the first to third grades, and the Menteng State Elementary School from the fourth to the fifth grades. While attending the Menteng school, Ann Soetoro was employed as a department head and a director of the Institute of Management Education and Development in Jakarta. Lolo, after his time in the field with the Indonesian army following the 1965 CIA-inspired coup against Sukarno, worked in the Director General's office of the Indonesian Army's Topography division of the Indonesian Army.


Ann Soetoro's covert work for the CIA's and Pentagon's Project PROSYM, the ethnographic political mapping of pro- and anti-government tribes and villages in Java, was complemented by Lolo's access to topographic maps of Java and other islands.


Soetoro with Stanley Ann Dunham, Obama


There has been a major effort here in Indonesia to mask and alter the history of Obama, who is ineligible to serve as President because of the break in his "natural born" status from Hawaii after he was adopted by Lolo Soetoro and became an Indonesian citizen. At the very least, since the United States has never had to contend with a president who had broken natural born citizenship status, the Obama situation appears to be a U.S. Supreme Court case made-to-order for constitutional lawyers.


Obama at public school in Jakarta
There is very visible secrecy and a fear by those who remember Obama and his family to talk to foreigners who inquire about the past of Obama and his family in post-1965 coup Jakarta. Compare Jakarta to other presidential hometowns like Hope Arkansas; Plains, Georgia; Abilene, Kansas; Hyannisport, Massachusetts; Dixon, Illinois; Yorba Linda, California; and Independence, Missouri and the "creepiness" associated with Obama's upbringing in Jakarta literally reaches out and smacks you upside the head.


The fear to talk critically about Obama is stark in Jakarta. In any other presidential hometown, the older folks who remember their respective native sons are more than happy to reminisce with anecdotes. That is not the case in Jakarta with Obama and his family.

It is clear that the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, working through local agents, has been working overtime to scuttle any unofficial contact between Americans interested in Obama's past and Indonesians who recall Obama and his family in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This dateline comes with a long list of suddenly cancelled meetings with those who are in a position to shed light on the past of Obama, his mother, and step-father.


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For Obama and his handlers, Jakarta is an insurance policy on keeping secrets. English-speakers are as rare as hen's teeth in this part of Southeast Asia. The bitter taste of decades of the dictatorship of General Suharto leaves many Indonesians wary of talking to foreigners, especially journalists.


Obama's registration card at St. Fransiskus Assisi school in Jakarta, listing his citizenship as "Indonesian." [Bangsa: Warga Negara: nation of citizenship]. Note: WMR has obtained two laws from 1958, still in force, from 1967 to 1971, the period of Obama's school attendance in Jakarta, that state: 1) only Indonesians could attend either St. Fransiskus Assisi and Menteng Elementary schools and 2) Indonesia did not recgonize dual citizenship, which means Lolo Soetoro would have had to renounced Barry Soetoro's natural-born U.S. citizenship prior to Obama being admitted to either of the two schools. WMR is working on a certified English translation of the two applicable 1958 Indonesian laws

Coupled with the largely invented "cargo cult of personality" that has been built up around Obama in Jakarta and the United States is the odd situation that aside from his Indonesian-born step-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obama has no living close relatives.

Stanley Ann Dunham, who changed the spelling of her last name while married to her Indonesian husband from "Soetoro" to Sutoro," died of cancer in Hawaii on November 7, 1995, at the age of 52. On March 2, 1987, Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo died of liver failure at age 52 in Jakarta.


Obama with grandmother Madelyn Dunham
Obama's maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, died of cancer, at age 86 on November 2, 2008 (Hawaii time, it was November 3 in the continental United States), mere hours before Obama was elected president. Madelyn Dunham's death followed months of her refusing to grant interviews about her and her famous grandson to the media. Obama's maternal grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham, who was reportedly associated with Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and CIA activities in France, Lebanon, Cuba, and Hawaii, died in Hawaii on February 8, 1992 at age 73.


Obama's purported father, Barack H. Obama, Sr., died in a car crash in Nairobi, Kenya on November 1982 at age 46.

One Obama relative who has been virtually disowned and ignored by the Obama family is Lia Soetoro, who was adopted by Lolo and Ann Soetoro while Barry Soetoro lived in Jakarta. Lia was invited to Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009, according to the following press release issued by the Indonesian government. Lia was only a few years older than Obama in 2009 at age 51. Lia, who WMR has been told was poor, collecting grass to make ends meet, did not attend the inauguration likely due to the costs involved.




DIREKTORAT INFORMASI DAN MEDIA
PRESS CABLE
NOMOR : 005/09012009
HARI : JUMAT
TANGGAL : 9 JANUARI 2009

Diundang Obama, Lia Soetoro Bawa Boneka Kenangan Terkejut, haru, sedih, dan bangga. Perasaan itu kini berkecamuk dalam benak Lia Soetoro, 51, kakak angkat Barack Hussein Obama, presiden terpilih Amerika Serikat (AS). Setelah puluhan tahun berpisah, keduanya direncanakan bertemu kembali dalam suasana dan kesempatan yang berbeda. Jika tidak ada kendala, Lia akan menghadiri pelantikan Barack Obama sebagai Presiden AS di Washington DC, 20 Januari mendatang atas undangan khusus dari saudara angkatnya itu. Jika Barry, sapaan kecil Barack Obama, kini menjadi orang nomor satu di AS, Lia masih tetap tinggal di kampung. Selain sebagai ibu rumah tangga, istri Ibnu Sobah, 58, ini juga punya kesibukan sehari-hari mencari rumput untuk kambing.

On February 25, 2010, Lia died suddenly from a heart attack at age 53 after suffering from headaches. The following is an Antara News Agency report, exclusively translated from Indonesian to English for WMR, on Lia's death. The dateline is Lia's hometown of Sukabumi on her death:

Obama’s Adopted Sister Dies
Friday, February 26, 2010

Sukabumi, (ANTARA News) –

Adopted sister of the U.S.President Brack Obama, Holiah (53) alias Lia Soetoro who lived in Babakan Banten Village, RT 03/ RW 09 Sukasirna, Sukabumi, West Java, dies last Thursday afternoon (February 25).


Lia Soetoro
Lia, whom Obama called “Mbak Non” was buried nearby her residence on Friday morning around 9:00 a.m. [West Indonesian Time Zone]. Lia died Thursday at 17:45 p.m. from a heart attack.

Before her passing, she was scheduled to meet with Obama who will visit Indonesian this coming March.

“My wife should have been in Jakarta that Thursday to meet with Barry (Obama’s nickname) at LCC Menteng Dalem, Central Jakarta.” Said her husband, Edi Sobah (60) in Sukabumi, Friday.


Edi said that before her passing, Lia had just been interviewed by one of the radio stations in Jakarta. Not too long after that, she had a headache. “She even vomited and according to doctor’s exam, she broke the blood vessels in her brain so needed to be taken to the hospital.” Her husband said in watery eyes. But she died on the way to the hospital.

According to him, his wife had been complaining about her health condition for a while, and based on the examination by Puskesmas (local government Clinic) of Bukit Duri, Jakarta, she had high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

“Before she died, she hoped to meet with the U.S. President Barack Obama, but she died before it happens.” Edi have said.




Edi wishes that during Obama’s visit in Indonesia, he would collect himself the mementos of his wife and Barry when they were children which consist of two glass cups, a bed sheet and a monkey doll.

“It is her wish and mine that Barry would see those mementos himself.”

One of Lia’s grandchildren, Yudha said that his grandmother had told him to be a smart and good person like Barack Obama who now becomes the President of the United States. His grandmother has also told him that now Barack Obama has become a President as he wished.” He has said.



Wayne Madsen
Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist, Madsen has over twenty years experience in security issues. 

As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, BBC and MSNBC. 

He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club, Madsen is based and reports from Washington, D.C.

Investigative journalist and former Jakarta Post Senior Investigative Editor Robert S. Finnegan contributed to this report.

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The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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