Why Isn't FBI Using Its Data to Catch Criminals
As somebody who at age 12 came to America from the former Soviet Union, I have had a predisposition to respect American government.
I have strong loyalties with some people in the American government, and I have seen the American government as, for the most part, a benevolent force. Better than Soviet government; better than Chinese government; better than Taliban; better than Ayatollah; better than Exxon Mobile; better than Russian mafia; better than Leesburg, Virginia; better than Westboro Baptists, the Tea Party or Glenn Beck.
So that when I write anything negative about the American government, it must be about something absolutely egregious.
For a long time any potential inquiry into corrupt practices has been stonewalled. We were told such things as that what we see in others is a reflection of ourselves; that paying attention to negativity only increases the negativity; that a person with good self-esteem minds his own business; that anything that happens to people is a result of what's in their conscience; or that a righteous person never gets angry. All of this plays very handily into the hands of the corrupt. The people who have it within themselves to fight the corruption get stonewalled, allowing corruption to continue.
By corrupt I don't mean only official organs of power; I also mean unofficial organs of power. One of the less known offenders have been the conservative communities that corrupt the police and the social services to hide domestic violence and incest perpetrated by their residents. The representatives of these corrupt places then go on the political stage posturing about how they have family values and principles and how the rest of the country - and the rest of the world - does not.
By corrupt I also mean doctors who murder patients in their care and then enlist corrupt coroners to remove affected organs prior to autopsy or hire corrupt lawyers to bury the case of the person suing against them. By corrupt I also mean family courts who use the racket disorder of Parental Alienation to claim children reporting abuse by their fathers to be getting brainwashed by their mothers and then use the secrecy of the family courts to get away with machinations that would be unthinkable in the climate of open courts. By corrupt I also mean those in the liar media industry who spread such fictions as that AIDS is God's way of controlling the homosexual population, that 9-11 was God's punishment for America, that global warming is a Communist hoax, that Obama is a Hitler, or that a Satanic conspiracy is running the world. By corrupt I mean everyone associated with these entities, everyone enlisted by these entities, and everyone who enables these entities in their loathsome conduct.
The motto of Bob Woodward, the reporter who broke the Watergate story, was "Question Authority." More appropriate to our time is a different motto: Challenge Corruption. Not all authority is evil, and some people in positions of authority are well-intentioned and competent and possess better character than many people who are not in positions of authority. Whereas corruption is always evil, wherever it is found.
The following was not written by me. It was written by a lady named Gail Lakritz, who has worked for a long time on Wall Street and has knowledge of some information that concerns secret dealings by FBI. What you are about to see should be seen as a wake-up call as to who represents you and how they are using your money.
I warn you, reading this may require gumption.
Why Isn’t the FBI Using the Data They’re Collecting To Catch Criminals?
By Gail Lakritz
The ACLU asserts the NSA, with the help of the FBI, is collecting “1.7 billion email, phone, texts and other electronic communications”[i] daily. If the number of people on the watch list is the 120 million that is bantered about, and you happen to be one of the (un)lucky ones, that means your phone provider, ISP, credit card company and bank are sending them 14 things with your name or other identifier in the subject line. Hallelujah, You' re famous, and you didn’t even know it. You don’t even know how you got on that list. Frankly, none of us know how we got on the list, but we do care.
What happens to this data? If, in fact, the FBI is collecting the data as is stated in the Surveillance Order[ii], it’s passed onto the NSA for storage and retrieval in case you are ever suspected of being a terrorist. It is our understanding that a check, by whatever identifier they have assigned to you, phone number or ISP address, can be run on all of this data in a matter of hours so your records can be reviewed. Those records will include all those phone numbers you have called and how long you talked, the texts you sent and how many characters they contained and ISP addresses you have contacted or web pages you visited. They will also include the information of who has contacted you. If there is a pattern of calling Aunt Sonia who lives in Syria with her husband and his family, they will request the contents of those calls, emails, and pictures of the family, whatever they have, to aid them in deciding whether or not you are a terrorist.
That seems fairly straight forward, but it may not be. What happens if dear Aunt Sonia and Uncle Naseer happen to have names that happen to be the same as real terrorists? You are placed under investigation. Agents may talk to people you work with, including your boss, they will talk to your neighbors, your friends and anyone else who might have “unbiased” information on you. They will go through your garbage. They might even go so far as following you. It could take months to clear you of their suspensions. By that time, due to the continuing investigation, you have lost your job, your home and all your friends. Your life has been ruined.
In the meantime, the FBI does not divulge the average cost of an investigation. Some take only days while others take months, even years. We, the taxpayers, and that means you, the suspect, are paying for everyday you are under investigation.
But you are only one of 120 million people. Who are the rest? We have no way of knowing. Again, no one is willing to say anything about the super secret information gathering program, other than acknowledging it exists. That had to be forced out of government by a leaked Freedom Of Information request issued by a foreign news organization, the Guardian domiciled in the United Kingdom.
So, the FBI is spending all of this time and money chasing tails. It appears they are not using the information to find real criminals. It has been postulated that most people on the list are just us ordinary citizens who happened to have voiced our displeasure with the government for one reason or another. If that is the only requirement to being placed on the list, we are frankly surprised that all 310 or so million Americans aren’t on the list.
But what of those who aren’t on the list. Surely, suspected corrupt elected or appointed officials are. Not to our knowledge. How about cops who are suspected of corruption or brutality? Nope. What about suspected pedophiles, drug dealers, child pornographers, sex traffickers, corrupt military contractors, members of organized crime? Think again, that would be the logical use of such a list, but that data base doesn’t exist that we can ascertain. In fact, in testimony before Congress, Eric Holder was specifically asked if members of Congress were on the list. His answer was no.
So here we have it. Ordinary citizens are on the list, but criminals are left off.
Way to go, FBI/NSA. Protect the public from people who are family members that we happen to call or email, but let the bad guys go. Protect and serve the criminals while making criminals out of law abiding citizens. You may have stopped one terrorist attack, but how much have you contributed, albeit, indirectly, to rape of children and women, to murder and drug deaths, to illegal activities of bankers and corporations, to organized crime and to bribery and corruption?
We are so proud of the job you are doing, protecting the criminals, because you do it so well.