Another Rogue Government Agency Revealed

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is funneling data from “from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records” to jurisdictions across the country on anyone and everyone, unconstitutionally, to help federal, state and local authorities open domestic cases.

The unit responsible for this outrage is called the Special Operations Division, referred to as SOD. According to Reuters, SOD’s members have been gleaned from over two dozen “partner” agencies which include the FBI, CIA, NSA, Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Homeland Security. SOD has an annual budget estimated at $125 million with hundreds of employees. SOD’s work is classified, and even its physical location, somewhere in Virginia, is clandestine.

The SOD documents present evidence 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.” USA Today reports:

“The documents, according to the report, instruct agents on a technique known as ‘parallel construction,’ which effectively shields the actual source of the information that leads investigators to potential criminal activity and possible suspects.”

In addition, “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.” Simply put, “recreation” equals “fabrication.” Manipulated evidence is contaminated evidence. It has been falsified.

Here’s a section from the “Law Enforcement Sensitive” document: “Remember that the utilization of SOD cannot be revealed or discussed in any investigative function.”

The document specifically directs agents to omit SOD’s involvement from investigative reports, affidavits, discussions with prosecutors and courtroom testimony. “Agents are instructed to then use ‘normal investigative techniques’ to recreate the information provided by SOD.”

A former agent revealed: “You’d be told only, ‘Be at a certain truck stop at a certain time and look for a certain vehicle.’ And so we’d alert the state police to find an excuse to stop that vehicle, and then have a drug dog search it.”

Finn Selander, a DEA agent from 1991 to 2008, went on the record: “It’s just like laundering money — you work it backwards to make it clean.” Simple, right? Perhaps someone might remind former agent Selander and the United States government that laundering money is illegal.

As if this wasn’t disturbing enough, additional information from military and senior law enforcement officials, intended to defuse the incendiary situation, revealed the following:

“Because warrantless eavesdropping on Americans is illegal, tips from intelligence agencies are generally not forwarded to the SOD until a caller’s citizenship can be verified… They do a pretty good job of screening, but it can be a struggle to know for sure whether the person on a wiretap is American.”

Defense lawyers and prosecutors alike are incensed about SOD’s tactics. Both claim that SOD’s ploys dance around the edges of the Constitution. Says former federal prosecutor, Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr.: “You can’t game the system. . . You can’t create this subterfuge. These are . . . not national security cases. If you don’t draw the line here, where do you draw it?”

Hockeimer’s question comes late. Since there is no longer any rule of law evident one might ask, instead, “land of the free?”







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  • ONTIME

    This condoned by the very laws in the congress that allow a elected official to go back and change their vote in order to present a false voting record…I do think WTP are on a collision course with all things government…the lack of trust is now more than mutual.

    • Juan valdez de large

      The rule of law was a term coined, sourced, and owned by albert venn dicey, a buddy and follower of karl marx. The US has never followed any “rule of law” only constitutional law, and I hope it never gets near any rule of law but remains forever a constitutional law country. “Rule of law” was followed by the communist tactic of “lawfare” and that was followed by the communist platform of “laws of war”.
      Use the correct terms in your articles, we don’t need any more communist diatribe!

  • DrowningKittens

    Our government has less trust for us than than for our enemies.

    • George Eagle

      We are the enemy, have people not figured that out yet? You know what that means,eh.

  • Glenn HENDRIKSEN

    …..my Q would be i wonder if PAUL knows about this ‘clandestine’ SOB of a us federal government agency?!…………think i will SEND this WND msg his way and correspond………………………..YOU listinin’ in you us federal government GOONs (NSA/whoever)???!!!……….if so………………..DIG IT!!!

  • Ronald R. Johnson

    It’s time someone fed Obama some De Con! He is one big stinking rat that America needs to get rid of!

  • 1baronrichsnot1

    Another one to defund! Congress; be quick about it! DEA has been outside the constitution for years and immediate action is required from your bosses! Shut them down until they agree to operate by the constitution.

  • landsman

    Let the law enforcement agencies do their job.

    • MrLogical

      If they would just do their job that would be fine. However, they constantly engage in mission creep and push the envelope of the law, or in some cases, simply disregard the law entirely.

      It’s the age-old adage: “But who will watch the watchers?”

      Eric Holder?
      .

    • George Eagle

      So, what job would that be,eh. Upholding the constitution or what,eh.

  • The Brigadier

    Call your Representative’s and both Senator’s offices and demand that they work to kill this SOD department at DEA and their database be expunged. The muck just keeps getting deeper and deeper with this administration and unless we act we will all be buried by it.

  • Marty

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
    better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace.
    We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which
    feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget
    that ye were our countrymen.”
    — Samuel Adams: speech at the Philadelphia State House, August
    1, 1776

  • MrLogical

    And remember how all the lefty lib’s, Hollywood whores, network ninnies and MSM apologists got their panties in a wad when Bush first began to tap the phones of suspected terrorists?

    Will anyone in the MSM give this story the light of day?

    Don’t hold your breath.
    .

  • MrLogical

    So, for all of the supposed “true” conservatives who peevishly stayed home and complained about Romney not being a ‘Christian’ (or whatever…) and let Obama win…

    Thanks a f*****g lot.
    .

  • Babylonandon

    The new paradigm: There’s no need for all that mucking about with warrants, or trials. if we are investigating you, you must be guilty.

  • 1 Fed Up American

    Until the All Americans realize that the POLITICIANS in Washington No matter what party the claim are only out for themselves and there inner circle that exists in Washington. In other words we are just Peasants to them and they are the ruling crowd and they Intend to keep it that way.
    What needs to happen is a Revolution and kick every damn one of those involved in Government out and start all over with a Government for the People By the People. Not the Bullshit we have up there now.
    Basically most Politicians should be sentence to life in prison for the way they screwed this country up.

  • Joseph Mertens

    Fruit of the poisonous tree? Oh no this came from the tree next to it!
    Laws are only for the pawns all ways have been all ways will be.
    If you can’t refuse to pay they are not Servants!