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Modern Big Brother: The Immorality of a Nation of Spies

George Orwell used the term “Big Brother” in his renowned novel 1984. Once upon a time, readers could enjoy Orwell’s work without associating it with modern politics. Sadly, this has changed. The Orwellian dystopia that he once described has become a reality in America. With the rise of the NSA and proposed laws that strip us of our freedoms, we have entered the age of 1984. Read more of this post

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FBI Caught Spying on Millions of Apple Customers

Anonymous strikes again.

Hackers from the protest movement known as “Anonymous” disclosed Monday night that they caught the Federal Bureau of Investigation red-handed spying on Apple customers. They claim that the FBI accessed more than 12 million Apple UDIDs, the unique identifier associated with every iPhone and iPad that is sold. Attached to these UDIDs were names, cell phone numbers, and addresses. Read more of this post

100 “Red Flag” Questions From 9/11

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The Real Life Dr. Evil. Dick Cheney.

There are numerous unanswered questions from the “terrorist attacks” on September 11th, 2001.

1. Why didn’t jets intercept the airliners since they had numerous warnings of terrorist attacks?

2. Why did Ashcroft stop flying commercial, citing an unidentified “threat” in July 2001?

3. Why were there no photos or videos of the Pentagon plane?

4. Why didn’t the Secret Service hustle George W. Bush out of the classroom?

5. Why does building 7 fall into its footprint  much like a controlled demolition?

6. Why did passengers or crew members on three of the flights all use the term box cutters?

7. Where are the flight recorders? Read more of this post

ABSCAM

Twenty-five years ago the world learned of our high-level investigation into public corruption and organized crime, infamously code-named ABSCAM.

The unfolding details were riveting: …Everything from mobsters hocking stolen paintings and fake securities in the Big Apple to politicians peddling influence in the nation’s capitol; …High-ranking government officials caught on tape stuffing wads of bribe money in their pockets and saying things like, “I’ve got larceny in my blood”; …And FBI agents posing as representatives of a fictitious Middle Eastern sheik, gathering evidence of these big league crimes.

It all started in July 1978, when we set out to catch New York City underworld figures dealing in stolen art. We set up a bogus company in Long Island—Abdul Enterprises, thus the name “AB(dul)SCAM”—said to be owned by a wealthy Arab sheik who wished to invest oil money in valuable artworks. Then, we recruited an informer who connected us with crooks willing to sell us stolen treasures. It worked. Within months, we’d recovered two paintings worth a combined $1 million.

Through that operation, we were introduced to criminals who were dealing in fake stocks and bonds. Again, success. Our undercover work ended up halting the sale of nearly $600 million worth of fraudulent securities.

From there, our investigation led to southern New Jersey … and on to Washington, D.C. Our criminal contacts led us to politicians in Camden who were willing to offer bribes to get our “business” a gambling license in Atlantic City. Then, when we expressed interest in their suggestion to get the sheik asylum in the U.S., these corrupt politicians arranged for us to meet some U.S. Congressmen who could make it happen with private legislation. For a price, of course: $50,000 up front and an extra $50,000 later.

When the dust settled, one senator, six congressman, and more than a dozen other criminals and corrupt officials were arrested and found guilty.

Like many high-profile, sensitive investigations, ABSCAM generated its share of controversy. In particular, questions were raised about whether our undercover efforts led to entrapment. The courts ruled otherwise, upholding all convictions. In the end, the case reaffirmed the importance of undercover operations and led to stronger rules and safeguards on these kinds of investigations within the FBI.

Twenty-five years later, the bottom line lessons of ABSCAM remain the same: No one is above the law. To uphold order and justice, abuse of the public trust cannot and will not be tolerated. Which is exactly why the FBI continues to rank public corruption as a top investigative priority.

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