Something even more sinister than the NSA spying program is floating on the fringes of the mainstream media.
For decades, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has been secretly assisting law enforcement across the country to launch criminal investigations against Americans.
In an exclusive report, Reuters has uncovered documents that show local law enforcement agents around the country are being directed to conceal information obtained directly from the DEA, instead creating an alternate story, called “Parallel Construction.” Often times, Reuters reports, the suspects, lawyers and even judges are not told where initial information came from.
For example, if a local police department was informed a drug deal might go down at a particular location, police might canvass the area and if they make a bust, will write in their official reports that there was another reason – busted tail light, running a stop sign, that caused the initial arrest.
According to Reuters:
“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.”
The organization within the DEA is called the Special Operations Division, and it encompasses dozens of other federal agencies, including the CIA, FBI, NSA and the IRS.
Lawyers who were told about the program were shocked.
“That’s outrageous,” Tampa attorney James Felman, a vice chairman of the criminal justice section of the American Bar Association, told Reuters. “It strikes me as indefensible.”
Law enforcement agencies can also access the program’s database and use the information to link clues together – to “connect the dots,” one official said.
Most agencies involved declined to respond to Reuters on the record, but under condition of anonymity, they defended the program as an important law enforcement tool.