January 4, 2007
From Tom D.
Take this one for what it is worth. The FBI, and who knows what other government alphabet soup law enforcement organizations, has in place a secret program aimed at identifying and "DISMANTLING" any organization that the FBI perceives disagreeing with the current governmental policies, domestic/and or foreign.
They are using all sorts of secretive investigative techniques to obtain information they want to go before a grand jury and institute criminal proceedings against members of any such organization.
This information came across my desk in the form of an FBI Form FD-515 with accompanying "DISRUPTION OR DISMANTLEMENT OF AN ORGANIZATION" supplemental page sent by an anonymous but, I feel, very trustworthy source. To protect that source, I will withhold his/her name, but give you the salient portions of the documents.
The FXC-515 is an "Accomplishment Report" listing investigative techniques such as Financial Analysis, Aircraft Surveillance Assistance, Computer related investigations, Consensual monitoring (electronic surveillance), purchasing evidence, forensic laboratory analysis, pen registers on phones, search warrants, 'show money', SWAT teams, Phone toll records, and many others.
The Supplemental Page goes into detail on the description of what constitutes an organization, and it is shocking to see the wide scope of the definitions, and the potential for abuse.
The forms I reviewed are focused at a political group.
The forms reveal that the program allows for the group to be disrupted as many times as the FBI feels inclined to do.
I suggest to all of you reading this that you contact the appropriate member of Congress, wimps that they may be, and express your outrage at such a program's existence.
Whatever canned rhetoric that might be a response trying to defend the FBI in these actions, I equally suggest that you reply that we, in what is supposed to be a free society with First amendment protections, don't need these kinds of Gestapo-like programs operating in our borders, especially a secret program focused at dismantling political dissent.
Of course you might not want to do anything out of fear the FBI will go after you for speaking out...what do you think about that concept!
This same article can be found here.