The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to newly disclosed documents that show just how often the nation's top law enforcement agency enlists criminals to help it battle crime.
Crimes authorized by the FBI almost certainly make up a tiny fraction of the total number of offenses committed by informants for local, state and federal agencies each year. The FBI was responsible for only about 10% of the criminal cases prosecuted in federal court in 2011, and federal prosecutions are, in turn, vastly outnumbered by criminal cases filed by state and local authorities, who often rely on their own networks of sources.
"The million-dollar question is: How much crime is the government tolerating from its informants?" said Alexandra Natapoff, a professor at Loyola Law School Los Angeles who has studied such issues. "I'm sure that if we really...
I agree, JPW. I don't get involved in the "NSA is reading our email" type conversations, but I never agree with those who think it's no big deal. They might say, "I don't care because I have nothing to hide". The point for me is that there is never any going back once you give our slippery government an inch; under the guise of personal/national security. They make it all sound good like it is for our benefit, and papa just wants to protect us, but...is it about the protection of the American people, or is it really about the¬†complete control and take over of the people of the US? I don't trust them.
The law is always above the law. Not unlike the state troopers I see every day driving 80mph going nowhere. Yet, they will stop me and write a ticket for doing the very same thing that they themselves do, etc. Another thing that always gets me are plea deals. If someone burglarized 40 homes or murdered 40 people, they should be charged with the same crimes and same number of crimes that they committed, etc. Also, if someone murders another, molests a child, etc, and they get sentenced to say, 10yrs, or whatever, I think they should serve the time to the day. Who cares if they were good boys and girls while in the pen. How much trouble can.you get in to?