FBI=KGB turned America into the SECRET POLICE STATE which spies practically on everyone. Investigate the investigators! Dismantle the criminal FBI=KGB!!! | Chair Raskin, Ranking Member Mace Request GAO Review of FBI Surveillance of Americans to Protect First Amendment Rights | House Committee on Oversight and Reform
Chair Raskin, Ranking Member Mace Request GAO Review of FBI Surveillance of Americans to Protect First Amendment Rights
Mar 7, 2022
FBI “Assessments” Allow Bureau to Investigate Groups and Individuals without Evidence of Criminal Wrongdoing
Washington, D.C. (March 7, 2022)—Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin and Rep. Nancy Mace, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that it conduct a comprehensive review of Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) practice of surveilling individuals and groups through activities it classifies as “assessments.”“We are concerned that FBI assessments operate as de facto investigations that can be launched without a factual predicate of criminal wrongdoing,” the Members wrote. “We ask that GAO examine whether assessments result in the improper monitoring of protected First Amendment activity—including by political, racial, or religious organizations—and whether the FBI has sufficient controls in place to ensure that they do not run afoul of constitutional protections.”In 2008, the Department of Justice (DOJ) revised its guidelines for FBI domestic operations to include a separate category of “assessments,” which require an authorized purpose but do not require a factual basis for the investigation.The updated guidelines allow the FBI to use “intrusive investigative techniques,” including the use of informants and unlimited physical surveillance, on individuals and groups that are not linked to criminal wrongdoing or considered national security threats. The guidelines also eliminated several procedural checks and have allowed the FBI to use race, religion, or protected speech as factors in choosing targets for assessments.Between 2008 and 2011, the FBI reportedly opened more than 80,000 assessments of individuals and groups but fewer than 3,400 produced information that led to a more intensive investigation. For example, the Bureau used the 2008 guidelines to carry out a two-year assessment into a group opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline, and field offices in cities like Ferguson, Missouri repeatedly opened assessments on “black identity extremists” between 2015 and 2018 despite the lack of any known connection between these individuals and violent activity.In today’s letter, the Members requested that GAO conduct a review of the FBI’s use of assessments from December 1, 2008, to the present, including an examination of the individuals and groups targeted by these investigations, and issue a report on its findings.Click here to read the letter to GAO.
Feds Claim Former FBI Agent, Accomplice Defrauded Woman Out of More Than $700,000
JACOB VAUGHN DECEMBER 28, 2021 4:00AM
The former FBI agent and his co-conspirator allegedly made fake phone calls to a fake judge to further convince the defrauded woman was on “secret probation.”
The former FBI agent and his co-conspirator allegedly made fake phone calls to a fake judge to further convince the defrauded woman was on “secret probation.” Jericho / Wikimedia
For several years, a woman in Granbury was convinced she was on secret probation, and that she had to cover the expenses of a federal law enforcement officer and his partner while they supervised her.
There was no “secret probation,” but the Granbury woman, identified only as C.T. in court documents, ended up paying the supposed officer and his partner more than $700,000.
William Roy Stone Jr., the man C.T. allegedly was paying all those years, was indicted in May on several counts of fraud, one count of false impersonation of a federal officer, and several other charges.
The alleged scheme wasn’t built completely on lies, though. Stone was, after all, a recently retired FBI agent.
Federal prosecutors say the scheme began in November 2015, a month after Stone’s retiring from the FBI Dallas field office. That month, Stone told C.T. she was on “secret probation” for drug crimes in “Judge Anderson’s court in Austin, Texas.”
The judge, Stone claimed, appointed him and another man named Joseph Eventino DeLeon to “mentor” and “supervise” C.T. throughout the course of her probation. Stone also said the probation required that C.T. report all her activities and a list of her assets. Additionally, per the terms of her “secret probation,” C.T. would have to pay for Stone’s and DeLeon’s services, as well as their expenses. And, she couldn’t tell a soul about it. If she broke the terms of her probation, she might get thrown in jail and lose her children, Stone claimed, according to prosecutors.
To make this all more believable, the feds say, Stone and DeLeon got someone else to leave C.T. messages claiming they were with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration “intelligence center.” They also told C.T. they had the ability to monitor her cell phone records and were discussing her probation with a psychiatrist. DeLeon also once carried a gun to a meeting with C.T., under the guise of providing her “protective services.”
Through the course of the alleged scheme, Stone and DeLeon also persuaded C.T. to distance herself from her family because, the two claimed, they wanted to take away her inheritance. This led C.T. to transfer all of her inherited assets from a trust fund into an account under her name, the government alleges.
“The [Office of Inspector General] is committed to holding accountable those who commit this type of conduct.” – Cloey C. Pierce, Office of Inspector General
All the trips to Austin to discuss C.T.’s probation weren’t free. C.T. would have to reimburse him for those, Stone said. He also told C.T. she needed to cough up some money for restitution fees to be paid to a wronged company as the result of her drug crimes. Stone secretly deposited the money into his own bank account, the feds claim. Later, he’d persuade her to hand over large sums of money, which he used to buy cars and a house.
Allegedly, Stone then asked C.T. to marry him, saying he would then try to get her discharged from her probation.
Throughout the course of the alleged scheme, C.T. would give the two men over $700,000. Stone got over $700,000, while DeLeon got over $50,000, authorities say.
Cloey C. Pierce, special agent in charge of the DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General Dallas Field Office, said in a press release: “Stone allegedly conned, threatened and stole from his victim, exploiting her trust in law enforcement for his own financial gain. The [Office of Inspector General] is committed to holding accountable those who commit this type of conduct.”
Stone could get stuck with a 178-year sentence in federal prison if he’s convicted. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Gregg Gallian, Stone’s lawyer, told the Observer, “We will continue to proceed to trial and will expose the truth.”
DeLeon faces up to 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and is expected to make his first appearance in federal court this Wednesday, Dec. 29.
The Texas Rangers and DOJ conducted the investigation with help from the Fort Worth Police Department.
News And Comments: INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!!! “It is time to hold the FBI accountable for its crimes” – By Steve Downs – 19 Dec 2021 Steve Downs
Former Chief Attorney for The NY State Commission on Judicial Conduct
Steve Downs is a former Chief Attorney for The NY State Commission on Judicial Conduct and currently the Board Chair of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, an organisation that advocates for persons unfairly targeted and prosecuted in the war on terror.
“Yet, this shocking perversion of justice raises serious questions: Were the real killers working with the FBI? And is that why the FBI withheld the information?” ON NOVEMBER 18, A NEW YORK JUDGE THREW OUT THE CONVICTIONS OF MUHAMMAD AZIZ AND KHALIL ISLAM, 55 YEARS AFTER THE TWO MEN WERE CONVICTED OF THE FEBRUARY 1965 ASSASSINATION OF MALCOLM X. A TWO-YEAR INVESTIGATION BY THE MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE REVEALED THAT BOTH THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE FBI FAILED TO DISCLOSE EXCULPATORY INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEN, WHICH LIKELY WOULD HAVE LED TO THEIR ACQUITTAL. JUDGE ELLEN BIBEN, WHO PRESIDED OVER THE HEARING, SPOKE ABOUT THE “SERIOUS MISCARRIAGES OF JUSTICE”, WHILE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, CYRUS VANCE, APOLOGISED FOR “SERIOUS UNACCEPTABLE VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW AND THE PUBLIC TRUST” BY THE FBI AND THE NYPD, AND STATED THAT THE DEFENDANTS DID NOT RECEIVE A FAIR TRIAL AND THEIR CONVICTIONS MUST BE VACATED. THE MEN’S EXONERATION WAS NOT A SURPRISE. HISTORIANS, JOURNALISTS, AND LEGAL SCHOLARS HAVE KNOWN FOR DECADES THAT THE TWO MEN WERE INNOCENT, WHILE THE MEN THEMSELVES HAVE LONG MAINTAINED THEIR INNOCENCE. THE SURPRISE WAS THAT THE NYPD AND FBI HAD KEPT SILENT ABOUT THEIR EXCULPATORY INFORMATION, APPARENTLY CONTENT TO SEE TWO INNOCENT MEN FRAMED AND INCARCERATED FOR DECADES FOR A CRIME THEY DID NOT COMMIT. BLACK AND OTHER MARGINALISED COMMUNITIES HAVE ALSO LEARNED OVER THE DECADES NOT TO TRUST THE FBI, GIVEN THE AGENCY’S WELL-DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF TARGETING AND ANIMUS AGAINST THEM. YET, THIS SHOCKING PERVERSION OF JUSTICE RAISES SERIOUS QUESTIONS: WERE THE REAL KILLERS WORKING WITH THE FBI? AND IS THAT WHY THE FBI WITHHELD THE INFORMATION? WHAT DOES IT SAY THAT THE ONLY WITNESSES WHO PLACED AZIZ AND ISLAM AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME WERE FBI INFORMANTS? WE DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWERS BECAUSE THE NYPD AND FBI STILL LACK TRANSPARENCY. THE HIDDEN EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE WAS PRESUMABLY GATHERED COVERTLY AS PART OF THE NOTORIOUS FBI COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PROGRAMME FROM THE 1950S TO THE 1970S KNOWN AS COINTELPRO. IT SOUGHT TO “NEUTRALISE” BLACK POWER LEADERS THROUGH ILLEGAL TACTICS SUCH AS SURVEILLANCE, INFILTRATION, AND DISRUPTION. FOR THOSE FAMILIAR WITH THESE ABUSES AND THIS ERA MORE BROADLY, THE FBI’S QUESTIONABLE ROLE IN THIS CASE WAS UNSURPRISING. US REPRESENTATIVE BOBBY RUSH, A FORMER BLACK PANTHER LEADER FROM CHICAGO, IMMEDIATELY POINTED THE FINGER AT THE FBI FOR THE WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS. IN A NOVEMBER 18 STATEMENT, HE SAID, “I AM STRUCK BY THIS MOST DASTARDLY AND EVIL FACT THAT TWO MEN SUFFERED DECADES OF IMPRISONMENT AS A RESULT OF THE ACTIVE COLLABORATION AND TREACHERY OF J EDGAR HOOVER’S FBI. MALCOLM X WAS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF BLACK AMERICAN MANHOOD AND HUMANITY. FOR HIS OPPOSITE, J EDGAR HOOVER – A LOW LIFE – TO BE AT THE CENTRE OF HIS ASSASSINATION IS INDEED AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY AND FLIES IN THE FACE OF MALCOLM’S HIGH ETHICAL STANDARDS. THERE ARE STILL QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE ANSWERED REGARDING MALCOLM’S ASSASSINATION. WHO KNEW WHAT, AND WHEN DID THEY KNOW IT?” INDEED, IF THE FBI HAD A HAND IN MALCOLM X’S ASSASSINATION, IT WOULD NOT BE THEIR FIRST ASSASSINATION. THE FBI HAS NOW PAID SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGES FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE COINTELPRO ASSASSINATIONS OF BLACK PANTHER PARTY ACTIVISTS FRED HAMPTON AND MARK CLARK ON DECEMBER 4, 1969. AND THE FBI HAS ACKNOWLEDGED ALLOWING BLACK PANTHER LEADER GERONIMO PRATT TO BE CONVICTED OF MURDER IN 1972 AND SPENDING ALMOST 30 YEARS IN JAIL, WHILE THEY SILENTLY HELD EVIDENCE FROM THEIR COINTELPRO SURVEILLANCE THAT HE WAS 400 MILES (640KM) AWAY AT THE TIME OF THE MURDER. THE “DISCOVERY” OF EXCULPATORY MATERIAL IN MALCOLM X’S MURDER SUGGESTS THAT THE FBI MUST IMMEDIATELY CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF ALL THEIR COINTELPRO FILES TO DETERMINE WHAT OTHER CASES MIGHT BE AFFECTED AND WHAT OTHER INNOCENT DEFENDANTS MIGHT BE FREED. THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY ABOUT MALCOLM X’S MURDER BECOMES EVEN MORE TROUBLING WHEN WE CONSIDER THE FBI’S CONDUCT IN THE WAR ON TERROR. AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACKS, THE FBI WAS TASKED WITH PREVENTING THE NEXT ATTACK SUPPOSEDLY BEING ORGANISED BY VAST NETWORKS OF TERRORISTS IN THE US. THE FBI USED THE BROAD POWERS OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY APPARATUS TO SURVEIL MUSLIMS AND OTHER MARGINALISED COMMUNITIES, AND SOON DISCOVERED THAT THERE WERE VIRTUALLY NO TERRORIST NETWORKS IN THE US. ALL OF THE SURVEILLANCE THAT WENT ON FOR SOME TWO DECADES FAILED TO UNCOVER A SINGLE TERRORIST PLOT. YET INSTEAD OF DECLARING THAT TERRORISM WAS NOT COMING FROM THE AMERICAN-MUSLIM COMMUNITY, THE FBI SET OUT TO MANUFACTURE TERRORISTS FROM INNOCENT MUSLIMS TO PROVE THEIR FALSE PREMISE OF A LOOMING THREAT. HUNDREDS OF MUSLIMS WERE PREEMPTIVELY PROSECUTED, CHARGED FOR ENGAGING IN CONSTITUTIONALLY-PROTECTED ACTIVITIES LIKE SPEECH OR CHARITY. OTHERS WERE ENTRAPPED BY OFFERS OF MONEY, OR SUFFERED FROM MENTAL ILLNESS AND WERE MANIPULATED INTO TO PARTICIPATING IN FBI TERRORISM SCHEMES. THE FBI PLACED INNOCENT MUSLIMS ON THE NO-FLY LIST, IN ORDER TO FORCE THEM TO BECOME INFORMANTS AGAINST THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. IT IS NOW REPORTED THAT THE FBI’S SECRET INFORMANTS COMMITTED MORE THAN 22,000 CRIMES DURING THE LAST DECADE WHICH COST TAXPAYERS $42M ON AVERAGE PER YEAR. FORMER FBI AGENT AND WHISTLEBLOWER TERRY ALBURY SAID ABOUT HIS TIME INVESTIGATING MUSLIMS: “THERE IS THIS MYTHOLOGY SURROUNDING THE WAR ON TERRORISM, AND THE F.B.I., THAT HAS GIVEN AGENTS THE POWER TO RUIN THE LIVES OF COMPLETELY INNOCENT PEOPLE BASED SOLELY ON WHAT PART OF THE WORLD THEY COME FROM, OR WHAT RELIGION THEY PRACTICE OR THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. AND I DID THAT. I HELPED TO DESTROY PEOPLE. FOR 17 YEARS […] WE’VE BUILT THIS ENTIRE APPARATUS AND CONVINCED THE WORLD THAT THERE IS A TERRORIST IN EVERY MOSQUE AND THAT EVERY NEWLY ARRIVED MUSLIM IMMIGRANT IS SECRETLY ANTI-AMERICAN, AND BECAUSE WE HAVE PROMOTED THAT FALSE NOTION, WE HAVE TO VALIDATE IT […] IT WAS MADE VERY CLEAR FROM DAY 1 THAT THE ENEMY WAS NOT JUST A TINY GROUP OF DISAFFECTED MUSLIMS. ISLAM ITSELF WAS THE ENEMY […] I HAVE SERIOUS AND LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ABOUT THE FBI’S TACTICS IN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY AS IT PERTAINS TO ENTRAPMENT, BASELESS INVESTIGATION, AND INTIMIDATION OF PROSPECTIVE INFORMANTS. I AM ALSO DEEPLY CONCERNED WITH ITS INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES THAT TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE DAILY DENIAL OF THE MOST BASIC FREEDOMS WE ALL HOLD DEAR.” IN PRACTICE, THE FBI’S POLICIES HAD DISASTROUS EFFECTS ON MUSLIM COMMUNITIES. WHEN IT BECAME KNOWN THAT MOSQUES AND THEIR MEMBERS WERE UNDER INTENSE ELECTRONIC AND PHYSICAL SURVEILLANCE, MUSLIMS WERE FORCED TO SELF-CENSOR, AVOIDING CONVERSATIONS WITH STRANGERS OR EVEN CLOSE FRIENDS WHO MIGHT BE FBI INFORMANTS, OR STRUGGLING ABOUT WHAT TO SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. FAMILIES OF MUSLIMS WRONGFULLY ACCUSED OF TERRORISM WERE OFTEN SHUNNED BY THEIR COMMUNITIES. CAREERS WERE DESTROYED BY FALSE FBI ACCUSATIONS AND LENGTHY INCARCERATIONS. YET THE FBI WAS ABLE TO BLAME THEIR OWN TERRORIST PLOTS ON THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY AND MAKE IT APPEAR THAT MUSLIMS WERE DISLOYAL AND VIOLENT. THE EXONERATION OF MALCOLM X’S FALSELY ACCUSED KILLERS UNDERSCORES JUST HOW LONG THE FBI HAS OPERATED WITHOUT TRANSPARENCY AND EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT TO IMPEDE JUSTICE AND DESTROY LIVES. FORCING INNOCENT MEN TO SERVE DECADES IN PRISON BY WITHHOLDING EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE THAT WOULD HAVE SET THEM FREE HAS NEVER BEEN ACCEPTABLE. NOW IS THE TIME FOR A THOROUGH RE-ASSESSMENT OF THE FBI’S LEGACY FROM COINTELPRO TO THE WAR ON TERROR. ONE STEP TOWARDS ACCOUNTABILITY WOULD BE THROUGH THE PASSAGE OF RUSH’S BILL, THE COINTELPRO FULL DISCLOSURE ACT, WHICH WOULD COMPEL THE FBI AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO RELEASE ALL RECORDS RELATED TO THE COINTELPRO OPERATION. Finally, it is time to install independent oversight such as a conviction review unit in the Department of Justice to ensure that the FBI protects all US residents and citizens equally, and does not scapegoat those who are least able to defend themselves. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance. Alerta de Google: fbi: It is time to hold the FBI accountable for its crimes | Opinions | Al Jazeera https://ino.to/vECLdTX
It is time to hold the FBI accountable for its crimes
Malcolm X murder exonerations expose the FBI’s racist policies and the need for accountability.aljazeera.com –
M.N.: I think it is a very good summary, and one of the many good, critical of the FBI articles, coming from all various political camps and corners, and from the authors of various ideological persuasions. This article comes from the Government lawyer who is well familiar with the issues. His recommendations are reasonable, rational, and solid: the independent oversight board is needed to prevent the future disasters.
We should not be afraid of these changes and reforms, they will make America and her Investigative Bodies stronger, better, healthier, better fuctioning, more viable. Their mentality and modi operandi cannot be at odds with basic premise and promise of this land: Justice and Liberty for all! | 12.19.21
FBI News Review The FBI practice of retaliation for the refusal to inform has to stop! Even the FBI-Gestapo-KGB should have some sense of decency: they operate in AMERICA! Investigate the FBI and its roles in Election 2016 and Weiner sexting setup! Selected Posts and Tweets
FBI SEX: HIRED GUNS LONG FOR HIRED LOVE – SAME PSYCHOPATHS!
FBI: you do not know how to fish. Go back to your Pinkerton Fishing School!!!
FBI is just a Church for its members
John Durham and his investigations of FBIJohn Durham | Whitey BulgerM.N.: The FBI issues of dysfunction and problems with legality are not random or sporadic, they appear to be systemic, structural, and deeply rooted. The whole organization and some workers appear to be just as cynical, psychopathic, conniving, and rotten as the very field they are dealing with.The FBI and the Mob appear to have many common elements in their collective mentality, and it is logical: The primary function of the both groups is to protect and to benefit their respective members. In essence as Norman Mailer observed so aptly, the FBI is a Church which exists to satisfy and to tender to the needs of its members (“the true mediocre”), first of all and most of all. „At bottom, I mean profoundly at bottom, the FBI has nothing to do with Communism, it has nothing to do with catching criminals, it has nothing to do with the Mafia, the syndicate, it has nothing to do with trust-busting, it has nothing to do with interstate commerce, it has nothing to do with anything but serving as a church for the mediocre. A high church for the true mediocre.“I think, it was the truth then, and it still is the same truth now. In 1963, Mailer wrote — as paraphrased in an FBI memo — that the bureau had done more damage to America than the Communist Party. That same year, a magazine quoted Mailer as calling Hoover “the worst celebrity in America.”Nov 15, 2008
All I see now in these #FBI comments are the political attacks on Chris Wray in order to unseat him. Be careful and aware of what you are asking for: the FBI dysfunctions can become worse with the new leader, male-female issue is irrelevant here. I recommend to create THE FBI ADVISARY BOARD, of the best minds in Academia and related fields, and to proceed with the reforms; gradually, cautiously, and prudently, under Mr. Wray, who appears to be committed to these reforms. 14w