First we learned about Obama’s “Operation Fat and Furious” in which the Obama Department of Injustice smuggled weapons to Mexican Narcotics traffickers, then came Benghazi, where the Obama State Department smuggled weapons to Al Qaeda and attempted to arrange the kidnapping of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens so that he could exchange Stevens for the terrorist mastermind behind the 1991 Twin Towers bombing.
Then we learned that the NSA was illegally spying on every single American citizen in the United States. That revelation was followed up by the revelation that the IRS was targeting and intimidating the Obamanation Administrations political opponents. And that the EPA has been using it’s unconstitutional authority to intimidate and harass voters who just happen to be conservative. Sprinkle in several Obamanation Administration voter fraud convictions just for good measure and we arrive at the latest scandal revelation.
Now we learn that the DEA has also been illegally spying on American Citizens and that they are falsifying evidentiary trails to conceal their actions.
posted at 8:41 am on August 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
The NSA may not be the only federal agency snooping through your phone records. In an exclusive this morning, Reuters reports that the DEA has also conducted its own snooping — and has investigators covering it up by falsifying evidentiary trails to keep prosecutions from getting derailed:
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.
Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to “recreate” the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial. 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.
Only some experts say that falsifying evidence violates the right to a fair trial? Ahem. That’s the entire point of the civil rights protected by the Constitution when it comes to criminal prosecution. If the DEA is violating the Fourth Amendment on snooping, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine that the Fifth and Sixth Amendments don’t get a lot of respect at the DEA.
On the other hand, plenty of people are justifying the NSA’s trawling of data on the basis of national security, and the DEA methods don’t appear to differ in great degree from that — except in how the DEA has covered up its activities. Former federal judge Nancy Gertner makes that distinction for Reuters:
“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.”
Make no mistake about this. Only a Marxist Democrat useless imbecile could look at the actions of the Obamanation administration and not be sickened. The litmus test here for all liberal Marxist Democrat useless imbeciles is this. Which one of these scandals had they taken place under the Presidential Administration of Sarah Palin, would you NOT be demanding that President Palin be impeached over.
Now I genuinely do not expect an honest answer out of any liberal Marxist Democrat, because, well, quiet honestly, honesty is not something any liberal Marxist Democrat even knows what is. They could not answer that question honestly even if their very life’s were at stake. When your only moral or ethical standard is that the end justifies the means, the systemic corruption evidenced of the Obamanation Administration is the only possible outcome.
While the corruption of the liberal Marxist Democrat is to be expected, and truthfully is a significant obstacle for America to overcome, it is sadly and tragically not the greatest obstacle. The greatest obstacle is the systemic corruption within the leadership of the Republican Party. It is the betrayal of the Republican base and the American people by the corrupt Republican leadership that is and will be the most difficult obstacle to overcome. For it is that corrupt leadership who has chosen to protect their own personal interests rather than oppose the corruption of the liberal Marxist democrats and the Obamanation Administration.