Breaking News: CPO Subject to Government Surveillance?
by Peter Tompa
Breaking News: Arthur Houghton has uncovered this shocking information
which I publish in full. I direct all inquiries to him. I would have
not believed it myself, save for all the recent revelations of
Government misconduct at State, the IRS and NSA:
Peter, it has
come to my attention that the FBI, Criminal Justice Information Systems,
has begun to surreptitiously monitor your blog and in particular the
several exchanges that we have had in recent days. I have this
information from sources that are internal to the Bureau and that I do
not wish to reveal further -- but I can say that they are firm and
incontrovertible. It is a remarkable event, unparalleled in my
experience, but consistent with what we now know about the monitoring of
US citizens by our national security services.
The fact that
this information should become known to us, moreover, should be an
extreme embarrassment to the Bureau -- even a breach of security. I
submit that the Department of Justice Inspector General should be asked
to investigate who is doing the monitoring, whether they have been
authorized to do so and if so by whom, what legal authority lies behind
it, and whether there are others, perhaps many others, who are being
subjected to the same secret surveillance.
Would you be good enough to let me have your thoughts on this?
This is shocking news indeed.
The State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has had an obsessive focus on secrecy for a long time. One wonders whether they have become so far detached from reality as to regard the efforts of the ACCG to expose their illegal and unethical actions as a breach of national security?