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FBI Building Spy Network of U.S. Informants

By Cliff Montgomery - Sept. 11th, 2007

The bosses at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may be a bit confused about the Bureau's role in our

Since the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks which occurred on these shores six years ago today, the FBI
has been slowly working to change its role as 'America's police force' into an organization which claims the
right to spy on its own citizens, all in the name of "security".

Now the Bureau has published on the first page of its recent 2008 budget request a 'mission statement', which

"The mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorism and foreign intelligence
threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal
justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners."

Careful readers will note that the FBI now openly declares that it's above all else a terrorist-finding
organization. The Bureau also states within the budget request that its "Strategic Goal 1" is to "prevent,
disrupt, and defeat terrorist operations before they occur."

"On July 26, 2006, the FBI announced a reorganization of its Headquarters operations designed to support
the next phase of the FBI’s transformation efforts," declares the FBI's 2008 budget request.

"This reorganization created the position of Associate Deputy Director (ADD), who will oversee the
management of the FBI’s personnel, budget, administration, and infrastructure, thereby allowing the Director
and Deputy Director to focus on operations, intelligence, and liaison," it added.

And since the FBI primarily works on domestic affairs, it's obvious that this new focus on "operations,
intelligence, and liaison," chiefly refers to the collection of domestic intelligence.

The Bureau's domestic spying activities are unusually well described in its 2008 budget request. The FBI is
requesting $3,837,837,000 to fund its primarily domestic counter-terror activities--almost double the
$2,130,825,000 it is requesting to enforce criminal laws and to uphold "the Rights and Interests of the
American People."

Perhaps the most intriguing statements are those in which the FBI almost casually discusses its quiet
cultivation of human intelligence sources on these shores--many of whom seem certain to be American
citizens being trained to spy on their fellow citizens.

As the budget request makes clear in its discussion of the Bureau's domestic spy network, "the FBI’s
intelligence analysis capability consists of resources for analyzing information collected from a variety of
Confidential Human Sources (CHSs) and reporting this collected information as 'intelligence products'. "

So apparently the FBI now is employing Americans to spy on their fellow Americans--you know, creating a
situation just like that wonderful "security apparatus" previously enjoyed by the Soviet Union during its darkest

"The FBI recruits new CHSs every day," proudly states the budget request.

But without an increased budget for such efforts, the FBI cries that it will be unable to validate these "human
sources" or properly verify the informants' information.

"With current resources, the FBI is unable to reach a point where all CHSs are successfully subjected to the
CHSV [confidential human source validation] process," sobs the FBI budget request.

The 2008 budget request states that currently there are "more than 15,000" confidential human sources
needing validation.

The FBI also begs for new funds it would employ for the training and operations of intelligence collection. As all
totalitarian states soon realize, creating a huge spy network to terrorize your own citizens--we're sorry,
"protect" your own citizens--takes a lot of money.

"Without this training, the FBI would lack the full capacity to provide SAs [special agents] the comprehensive
tradecraft, procedural, legal and policy direction needed to execute the significant and constitutionally sensitive
domestic intelligence collection mission with confidence," the budget request declares.

Yes, it would be a shame if the Bureau had to stop spying on Americans and actually went back to upholding
the Fourth Amendment banning "unreasonable search and seizure."

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