Apparently too many people in the government read “1984” and think it’s a guidebook, rather than a warning.
Recent stories in the media have revealed that various agencies of the U.S. government have conspired — there’s really no other way of putting it — to pool information collected by those agencies and funnel it to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s shadowy “Special Operations Division”, which then used it to abuse the judicial process. According to Reuters:
the Special Operations Division of the DEA funnels information from overseas NSA intercepts, domestic wiretaps, informants and a large DEA database of telephone records to authorities nationwide to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.
The icing on the cake is that the DEA SOD then took all this information, gave it to other agencies like the Internal Revenue Service, and these agencies used a shared technique they call “parallel construction”. “Parallel construction” is a euphemism for the procedure by which these agencies would
recreate the investigative trail, stating in affidavits or in court, for example, that an investigation began with a traffic infraction rather than an SOD tip.
The original article that Reuters published about the DEA SOD (which I am hereby nominating for a Pulitzer Prize) referred to this “practice that some experts say violates a defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial.” But this is about the most generous way of putting it. I’m pretty sure that if you or I were facing some court proceedings by the IRS or DEA, the court would take a rather dim view of us using similar tactics to try to avoid being convicted. This is deliberately falsifying evidence, which as far as I know is at least a five-year sentence for perjury alone, before you bring in things like “under color of law” and “contempt of court”.
And that brings us to Steve Kubby. As we related awhile back, Kubby’s entire life was turned upside down by a horrific home invasion-style arrest which eventually tore his family apart. Now, in an article published yesterday in Cannabis Culture, he reveals why he thinks this Federal conspiracy was the entire basis for the raid which destroyed his family (and for which he was never even convicted in court):
It all began with a DEA report allegedly provided to a local task force that a guest at our Squaw Valley, California home, was a Jamaican drug smuggler. The person in question was hardly a drug dealer or Jamaican. Instead it was Cannabis Culture journalist Pete Brady, who has blonde hair and had never been to Jamaica. We believe this DEA report is a fake and was used to fraudulently persuade a judge into signing a search warrant.
This goes much further than simply “Obama is tapping all our phones”. It’s a deliberate conspiracy to bypass the safeguards of the judicial system, and it calls into question the entire moral and legal authority of the Justice Department. All criminal cases using any of this tainted information should be thrown out of court, and anyone who knowingly used it in a case or who approved its use should be criminally charged themselves. We live under the “rule of law” in this country, right? Right?!?!?!?!