GOVERNMENT AGENCIES (NSA, FBI, OPERATION GUARD SHACK)
NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY SURVEILLANCE
The National Security Agency (NSA) is the central producer and manager of signals intelligence for the United States. Estimated to be one of the largest of U.S. intelligence organizations in terms of personnel and budget, the NSA operates under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense and reports to the Director of National Intelligence.
The NSA is primarily tasked with global monitoring, collection, decoding, translation and analysis of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The agency is authorized to accomplish its mission through clandestine means, among which is bugging electronic systems and allegedly engaging in sabotage through subversive software. The NSA is also responsible for the protection of U.S. government communications and information systems.
Unlike the CIA and DIA, both of which specialize primarily in foreign human espionage, the NSA does not have a human intelligence division
although it is often portrayed so in popular culture. Instead, the NSA is entrusted with coordination and deconfliction of SIGINT components of otherwise non-SIGINT government organizations, which are prevented by law from engaging in such activities without the approval of the NSA via the Defense Secretary. As part of these streamlining responsibilities, the agency has a co-located organization called the Central Security Service, which was created to facilitate cooperation between NSA and other U.S. military cryptanalysis components.
The NSA Director, who is at least a lieutenant general or vice admiral, also serves as the Commander of the United States Cyber Command and Chief of the Central Security Service.
In 2013 it was made public through a breech in security at the defense contractors that handled the Verizon surveillance that the NSA actively intercepted and recorded landline, cellular phone, email and internet activity for analysis. It is fair to say that other defense contractors held the contract to interface with other communication providers, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, as well as pre-paid phones.
[portions copylifted from National Security Agency wiki]
EXAMINER.COM, FOXNEWS, & DISCOVERY MAGAZINE REPORTING
Brain implants to receive and send thoughts and communications is no longer science fiction. According to Examiner.com the government has the
ability to send radio signals which are perceived as hearing voices€ť and also interrupt thought into text. When used for the common good, these
assist disabled persons control prosthetic limbs for example, however they can be used apparently to make a person seem mentally ill. The defense
contractors and higher learning institutions who are leaders in this space are subject to what safeguards from improper use?
Examiner.com reports that Most Targeted Individuals report that friends and even family members begin treating the target differently, as though mentally ill or dangerous. Some of these family members have reported to the Examiner that they were secretly contracted by law enforcement threatened to keep the contact secret, and told lies about their loved ones.
LAW ENFORCEMENT POWER OF SURVEILLANCE
Warrantless roving warrants, device warrants, search warrants are all necessary parts of effective law enforcement. Combating terrorism gives law
enforcement tremendous power, however what safeguard protect innocent people from being targeted? Corrupt police are the FBI’s top priority...
It’s our top priority among criminal investigations and for good reason.
Public corruption poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. It impacts everything from how well our borders are secured
and our neighborhoods protected to verdicts handed down in courts to the quality of our roads, schools, and other government services. And it
takes a significant toll on our pocketbooks, wasting billions in tax dollars every year.
The FBI is singularly situated to combat this corruption, with the skills and capabilities to run complex undercover operations and surveillance
Operation Guard Shack was a two-year FBI investigation into law enforcement corruption in Puerto Rico. The operation came to a conclusion on
6 October 2010 with a series of pre-dawn raids that led to over 130 arrests of members of the Puerto Rico Police, various municipal departments,
and the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The operation began at 3 a.m., when 65 tactical teams, including SWAT and the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), fanned out across the island in a series
of sneak attack arrests. On hand were a range of FBI personnel crisis negotiators, evidence response team members, canines and their handlers,
and 80 medical personnel from first responders and nurses to a trauma surgeon and a veterinarian.
The central thread of the corruption was law enforcement officers providing protection and other services to drug traffickers. Over 1,000 agents of
the FBI conducted the raids. Many of them were flown in secretly. The agency characterized the action as, "likely the largest police corruption case in
the FBI’s history."
Indictments announced on 6 October included:
The accused officers face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
From Shawn Henry, Executive Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation on Press Conference on Operation Guard Shack, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 6, 2010:
Good morning. The arrests conducted early this morning by our agents in San Juan and the charges outlined in the indictment are the culmination of a two-year undercover investigation that targeted the alleged corrupt activities of state and local law enforcement officials in Puerto Rico. As mentioned by Attorney General Holder, the investigation, known as â€śOperation Guard Shack is the largest law enforcement corruption investigation in the 102-year history of the FBI. It involved an unprecedented level of logistical coordination of resources, technical assistance by more than 30 of the FBI’s 56 field divisions, and hand-in-hand coordination with the Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Office in San Juan and the Police Department of Puerto Rico. At some point, all agents assigned to the San Juan office assisted in the investigation.
It is important to recognize that the vast majority of law enforcement officers are honest in their work and are committed to serving and protecting the public. Today we are focused on a small percentage of officers who chose to abuse the publics trust for their own personal gain.
Combating public corruption is the FBI’s top criminal investigative priority, and it is different than most other crimes. It strikes not only at the heart of good government, but it also jeopardizes at the security of our communities and our nation. Public corruption erodes public confidence, and undermines the strength of our democracy. The allegations in todays indictment underscore our commitment to aggressively pursue those who engage in unethical and corrupt practices.
Investigating public corruption is a complex mission the FBI takes very seriously. It requires tremendous resources including personnel and the tools necessary to conduct undercover investigations and effectively conduct court-authorized electronic surveillance.
Rooting out corruption is exceptionally difficult. Many of our investigations start with a tip from someone whoâ€s been victimized by public corruption. The American people are growing increasingly intolerant of public corruption and their intolerance is reflected in their willingness to come forward and report abuse. We are always grateful for those who have come forward to report corruption.
In the end, it does not matter if corruption is national or local. It does not matter if it is one officer or one hundred. There is no level of acceptable corruption. The violation of trust is the same and the American public won’t stand for it.
Success requires strong partnerships. Todays Indictment could not have been returned without the collaborative efforts of the prosecutors from the
Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorneys Office in Puerto Rico, and the Police Department of Puerto Rico.
Lastly I would personally like to thank the men and women of the FBI who were involved in todays actions for their commitment to make this country a better and safer place.
[Copylift from FBI Press Release and wiki on Operation Guard Shack]
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