Around the same time the U.S. federal government was beginning its massive electronic dragnet of Americans’ private telephone calls and other communications without seeking any form of search warrant at all, the FBI was knowingly providing false information in seeking other telephone records. In order to justify seizing records of people’s telephone calls within the United States, the FBI simply invented stories of terrorist plots that never existed at all.
Because of the paranoid culture of Homeland Security, no one in the government sought verification that the FBI’s claims of imminent terrorist attack were true. The lies about made up emergencies were only discovered by Washington Post reporters sifting through FBI memos.
The FBI asserts that these made up stories of fake terrorist plots were merely technical violations of the law, given that the bureau asserts the right to seize records of any telephone call at any time without any justification. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution states otherwise, requiring proof of probable cause, but then, the Constitution is out of vogue in federal government circles these days.
The FBI also states that its fraudulent searches through telephone records only took place a couple of thousand times. But then again, the FBI once claimed that there were no fake, illegal searches through Americans’ telephone records at all.
The FBI lied about these searches once. How can the American people believe that they are not lying all over again?
The very people at the FBI who were supposed to be protecting Americans’ constitutional freedoms were helping to violate the law and disregard the Constitution. No internal report from any FBI inspector general can be trusted.
The time is long overdue for a fully public investigation into the extent of illegal spying against the American people by the federal government – an investigation undertaken by Congress along with the appointment of a special prosecutor who is fully independent of the Department of Justice.