Source: Associated Press
The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology – all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.
The planes’ surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge’s approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. The FBI said it uses front companies to protect the safety of the pilots and aircraft. It also shields the identity of the aircraft so that suspects on the ground don’t know they’re being watched by the FBI.
In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country, an AP review found. (more…)
Appearing in a documentary about how the FBI entraps and provocateurs terror suspects, former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes admits that the federal agency needs to “keep fear alive” in order to justify budget increases. (more…)
After months of false starts and constant hype about its prospective return, The Pirate Bay finally came back this weekend. But the response hasn’t been purely excitement from would-be pirates. Instead, it’s been suspicion: Is the FBI running The Pirate Bay as a means to crack down on piracy?
The Pirate Bay truther movement doesn’t really have any hard facts or any suggestions as to who could actually be running the torrent site, but theorize that the FBI or other government agency (either in the US or Sweden) could have brought the site back online as a honeypot, or fake site meant to entrap criminals. In any case, something “feels off” to many Twitter users and some Reddit users. (more…)
By Mac Slavo
So, if anyone is keeping score, in a few short days we have seen a sensational and brutal terror attack in Paris, followed by an alleged plot filled with intrigue to poison Speaker of the House John Boehner, and now a thwarted effort to wage a full on jihadi assault against the U.S. Capitol with machine guns.
The only problem with this is that at least half of it is fiction. (more…)
By Tyler Durden
US foreign policy just jumped the shark: a few days after both the FBI and the US State department were humiliated when it was revealed that it wasn’t North Korea but a disgruntled, laid off Sony employee that was responsible for the “hack”, and when the best possible course of action would have been to simply let this latest embarrassing incident fade from memory, moments ago Obama – currently not working out next to a rainbow or flashing his support of “Shaka” – just signed his first executive order of 2015, imposing even more sanctions against North Korea. (more…)