#1 By: Cory Doctorow, September 28th, 2013 12:59
#2 By: gilbert wham, September 28th, 2013 13:12
"The bad guys", for fuck's sake. Can we ban that ludicrous, infantile phrase being used by anyone who isn't five and playing cops and robbers? It boils my piss, it does.
#3 By: TheGlitchEcliptic, September 28th, 2013 13:25
Isn't this standard FBI operating procedure? Haven't they been exactly this crooked since the days of J. Edgar Hoover?
#4 By: Justin J. Snelgrove, September 28th, 2013 13:38
When you can compare the actions of a legitimate policing force to that of a stereotypical mobster, there's something wrong with the world.
In other words, there's often something wrong with the world.
#5 By: xzzy, September 28th, 2013 13:47
I get an image of FBI agents running around in the courtyard making "pew pew" noises and using tree branches as guns.
#6 By: gilbert wham, September 28th, 2013 14:01
#7 By: Boundegar, September 28th, 2013 14:05
Close, but it ain't tree branches, and it's your courtyard.
#8 By: Peter, September 28th, 2013 14:30
"Yes, yes, if it's to get me home and I'll happily tell you who the 'bad guys' are.
The biggest bad guys I've encountered are these idiots at the FBI who target people they know are innocent, and strand them in dangerous countries, as a leverage to get them to comply with their demands."
Of course, actually saying that is liable to just get you into more trouble.
#9 By: Shuck, September 28th, 2013 14:49
Yes, and worse. The scandal is that they're still that bad.
#10 By: Jim Jardine, September 28th, 2013 16:08
Democracy passes into despotism.
#11 By: IMB, September 28th, 2013 16:34
So I guess if you don't have the goods on the "bad guys" you have to make shit up?
#12 By: Chuck Holt, September 28th, 2013 16:49
"But I don't know any terrorists. Which of my friends do you think are involved in terrorism?"
"Here's a list. They have a couple factors in common. They all somehow wound up on the No-Fly List, and they're very angry about it. Let us know if they're becoming irrational."
#13 By: Another Kevin, September 28th, 2013 16:51
Precisely. Relying on coercion to extract the evidence you seek works only if the informant actually has the information. Otherwise, under sufficient duress, the informant will indeed "make shit up."
Of course, if the objective was to get the men in question to smear the Yemeni community broadly by turning in everyone until all were tarred with the FBI's brush, it might very well succeed. And if an agent has the sort of personality that would delight in making everyone grovel before him for permission to carry out their lawful business in their own country, he might find that success very fulfilling indeed.
#14 By: bzishi, September 28th, 2013 17:27
Indeed. If the informant makes up names, the FBI now has probable cause to do investigations and searches. Then they can screw with some of those people to make them informants, and so on. This is standard FBI practice: perjury, deprivation of rights, and harassment to turn people into informants and create chains of informants. The FBI is phenomenally corrupt and possessing an FBI badge is almost a guaranteed way to identify a real criminal.
#15 By: gilbert wham, September 28th, 2013 17:49
I am still confused as to why the Feebs think they've got a mandate to go chasing 'baddies' in Yemen in the first place. Though, seeing as the agencies tasked with baddie-hunting abroad are busy stalking their exes and reading everyone in the US email, it makes a peculiarly twisted kind of sense...
#16 By: Rusty, September 28th, 2013 19:20
Isn't this where you cal up your senator's office advise that you've been illegally put on the 'no fly list', the FBI acknowledges that, and want's you to "rat out on your friends" to get off the list. Oh, and incidentially, what are the names and ages fo the directors fo the FBI, CIA and NSA?
#17 By: Boundegar, September 28th, 2013 19:50
...and the Senator's own staff!
#18 By: Rusty, September 28th, 2013 20:21
Nah, that might inconvenience my Senator. I'm more interested in ultimately inconveniencing the agent blackmailing me if I'm caught in that sort of a situation. Petty of me I'm sure.
#20 By: Kimmoth, September 29th, 2013 12:12
Seriously, the good ole US of A is like, in the bottom third of the list of places in the world I'd like to live.
So much evil shit going on there, and it's mostly institutionalised.
#21 By: Walter Guyll, September 29th, 2013 13:13
The FBI are merely practicing on the pariahs before expanding their game.
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