by Micah J. Fleck
According to a new report from The Washington Post, the domestic data gathered through the NSA is being planned as groundwork for new tighter domestic policing that has absolutely nothing to do with terrorism. Should we really be surprised, though? After all, this was predicted by many. But not enough people were listening. Now, we face this.
States the report, this is simply an unveiling of something that has already been going on:
We’ve known for a couple of years now that the Drug Enforcement Administration and the IRS were getting information from the NSA. Because that information was obtained without a warrant, the agencies were instructed to engage in “parallel construction” when explaining to courts and defense attorneys how the information had been obtained. If you think parallel construction just sounds like a bureaucratically sterilized way of saying big stinking lie, well, you wouldn’t be alone. And it certainly isn’t the only time that that national security apparatus has let law enforcement agencies benefit from policies that are supposed to be reserved for terrorism investigations in order to get around the Fourth Amendment, then instructed those law enforcement agencies to misdirect, fudge and outright lie about how they obtained incriminating information — see the Stingray debacle. This isn’t just a few rogue agents. The lying has been a matter of policy. We’re now learning that the feds had these agreements with police agencies all over the country, affecting thousandsof cases.