Thursday, August 02, 2007

"So good to meet you. My name is Emmanuel Goldstein."

ABC News provides a little something to keep in mind when you meet a very friendly chap or lovely dame at the Yearly Kos convention:
The FBI is taking cues from the CIA to recruit thousands of covert informants in the United States as part of a sprawling effort to boost its intelligence capabilities. ***

The aggressive push for more secret informants appears to be part of a new effort to grow its intelligence and counterterrorism efforts. Other recent proposals include expanding its collection and analysis of data on U.S. persons, retaining years' worth of Americans' phone records and even increasing so-called "black bag" secret entry operations.

To handle the increase in so-called human sources, the FBI also plans to overhaul its database system, so it can manage records and verify the accuracy of information from "more than 15,000" informants, according to the document.
Will 2008 get to America in time to thwart 1984?

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