dude, welcome to the American police state…?!

Now if this doesn’t send chills up your spine then you must have skin of steel. A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans in cases having nothing to do with national security. Further, the agents are instructed to cover up how the investigation started and how they obtained the evidence, hiding the information not only from the defendant but also from prosecutors and judges — they are told to “recreate” how they obtained the information used to prosecute the person. Violate the defendants constitutional right to a fair trial, much?

If defendants don’t know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence – information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.

“I have never heard of anything like this at all,” said Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011. Gertner and other legal experts said the program sounds more troubling than recent disclosures that the National Security Agency has been collecting domestic phone records. The NSA effort is geared toward stopping terrorists; the DEA program targets common criminals, primarily drug dealers.

“It is one thing to create special rules for national security,” Gertner said. “Ordinary crime is entirely different. It sounds like they are phonying up investigations.”

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One response to “dude, welcome to the American police state…?!”

  1. Carlos Perera says :

    Governments often begin to encroach on basic freedoms by first targeting despised groups, like drug dealers. Then, once the general population is desensitized to the breach of fundamental legal principle, they proceed to target ever more groups, until no one’s freedoms are spared. (I know: I came to the U. S. as an exile from a Communist police state.)

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