FBI Lies to US District Court
This week The US District Court of California discovered the FBI lied about the existence of records requested under FOIA, citing the good old standby “National Security” as their reason for lying. In a scathing dissertation the court issued this statement “The Government cannot, under any circumstance, affirmatively mislead the Court.”(” Islamic Shura Council of S. Cal. v. FBI (“Shura Council I”), No. 07-1088, 3 (C.D. Cal. April 27, 2011)
It seems the FBI has found a way to circumvent the FOIA by redacting most of the information they’re supposed to release. They even have a catch all phrase for just this purpose “Outside the Scope”. Next time you get pulled over and the officer asks you for your license hand him a redacted version with your picture on it and say, providing you the non-redacted version is “Outside the Scope” of your investigation. Do I even have to tell you where you’ll wind up?
Has terrorism turned us all into mindless automatons? Following our fears right into a do as I say not as I do world, I bet George Washington is rolling in his grave. Our countrymen are dying in Afghanistan for freedoms that are evaporating like the American economy. If that isn’t insulting enough the FBI lies to a Federal court and there’s hardly any media attention, I only found this story on Scienceblog, and a Forbes Blog. Granted, I didn’t scour the entire internet but you’d think a story of this magnitude would be a mainstream media event.
It is of great relevance to the American people when an organization like the FBI break the very laws they swear to uphold. If you or I do anything remotely that brazen in our courts we would be off to some prison and paying a hefty fine.
The rampant “above the law" mentality is a disease that’s spreading to every facet of government. Small town planning boards that stall construction on dog kennels; politicians taking liberty with taxpayers hard earned money. The list goes on yet it seems that the frivolous scandal gets top billing and the stories that will affect generations of Americans are anecdotal.Continued on the next page