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Americans are justifiably leery about federal law enforcement and intel agencies’ overreaches. One example is the NSA’s spying on journalists such as Sharyl Attkisson, Tucker Carlson, and other citizens. Attkisson is currently suing the federal government over “illegal intrusions into [her] computers and other devices.”
The federal misuse of surveillance and data collection isn’t only in the original act but in the government’s response to citizens fighting back. Attkisson reports that “More than a year and a half after we served ex-Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges with the complaint in my lawsuit…” the DOJ has retained a private law firm to represent him.
Attkisson says Bridges has not responded to the lawsuit but asked the court not to issue a “default judgment,” and he’s received “more time to respond than the law typically allows.”
A second defendant, a former federal agent who’s “admitted to taking part in the illegal operation,” hasn’t responded to the suit at all. Yet, the court refuses to grant Attkisson’s request for a default judgment. It seems too many referees (courts) are playing for the other team.
The federal government is also looking to expand the scope and power of the U.S. Capitol Police, following the one-day, few hours, no firearms January 6th riot. The public still awaits the release of pertinent government information, while congressional partisans (Democrat and Republican Trump-haters) attempt to convince Americans they saw a “deadly insurrection” the FBI said never took place.
There’s also been talk, since the 2020 elections, about the government adding the Post Office to the enforcement/surveillance stew.
In a recent story by The Epoch Times, Ken Silva writes:
“The same law that has been cited by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) as the basis for a sweeping intelligence program has also been interpreted to be highly restrictive on postal policing activities—raising questions among some critics regarding the legitimacy of USPS surveillance power.”
The Feds want to use USPS cops to monitor “conservative anti-lockdown protesters….” President Frank Albergo of the Postal Police Union noticed something in the fine print in a “leaked U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) memo about the monitoring….”
Silva writes, “Written at the bottom of the March bulletin, postal officials claimed the power to surveil and disseminate information about the right-wing protests under 18 U.S. Code 3061—a statute with which Albergo is familiar.” He believes the statute limits USPS cops to “the Postal Service, its property, and related laws that protect [the] mail.”
Judicial Watch and other “privacy advocates” have sued the USPS over its “Internet Covert Operations Program (ICOP), which Yahoo News revealed in April.
Albergo says the USPS is attempting to use the 500 officers he represents in contradictory ways. He’s been fighting against the USPS “treating them as security guards….” He says this is a “collective bargaining tactic to drive down their pay….”
He says the USPS contradicts itself, allowing the postal cops to spy on conservative Americans’ social media accounts while not authorizing USPS officers to “protect the mail and employees while away from postal premises.” He added, “Only in the topsy-turvy world of the Postal Service could this make sense.”
It seems that could apply to most federal law enforcement and intel agencies under Democrat rule. After watching the DOJ, FBI, NSA, and other federal agencies blatantly treating the right differently than the left, Americans are correct to wonder how officials are misusing federal agencies. Equal justice seems low on the priority list.
The Mueller “investigation” was not just a federal overreach but appeared to have been a part of a covert effort to misuse federal agencies to deprive the American people of their elected President or at least his full effectiveness—even before and after his election. Now, that looks like a true insurrection, if not a coup.
And, after all this time, it still looks as if some of the answers about Jan. 6th Americans have been looking for are in the mail.
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