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Many are asking now that bin Laden is dead of its time to scale down the war on terror here in the US.
Okay why is the FBI now ratcheting up its domestic terrorist surveillance operations.
Here to explain as Mike German a former FBI agent now works for the American Civil Liberties Union -- it's a pleasure.
Welcome back but it was pretty much what they depravity of course what do you expect that you -- former colleagues in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Will be doing now differently now that bin Laden is dead than they were doing.
A couple of months ago or even last week.
While bin Laden was a lot.
Well -- was reported yesterday that they're gonna -- actually expand their domestic surveillance in the short term.
And -- conduct what they're called preemptive arrests.
Targets who they suspected terrorism.
But don't have -- any evidence that -- of them being involved in terrorism so they'll try to rest them for other smaller states what's called the Al Capone -- areas.
Former attorney general John Ashcroft said you know there will arrest somebody for Jay walking if we think there involved in terrorism.
And it with with the FBI actually do that -- federal courts can find people on substantial amounts of bail.
Just on the mere suspicion that they might do something in the future when the evidence against them -- or something like.
Spitting on the sidewalk by Bobby Kennedy's phrase to which you alluded about Jimmy -- or Jay walking.
Well you know I unfortunately that's what we see a lot of we've seen a lot of prosecutions for making a false statements to FBI agent you know FBI agents -- -- Coming to try to get you to talk about something and then find some discrepancy in what -- -- and charge you for that rather than for any real terrorists in the.
Do you think it's it you think that the FBI will be back into the sting business.
Where they take -- sort of low hanging fruit even mental incompetence like this.
Crackpot that they've found and Portland Oregon who had no more ability or intention.
To blow up a public gathering.
Than than he did to go to the moon.
And sort of lead him into a trap but then pull the trapped or it is is that their modus operandi to get people off the street -- to give the impression.
False -- legitimate that they are getting bad people off the street.
Yeah that's certainly one tactic that they've used to -- use that repeatedly another is is just.
Widely expanded surveillance and investigation of people they don't even suspect of wrong doing.
In in December of 2008 attorney general Michael Mukasey.
Altered the FBI guidelines to remove the necessity of what's called a factual predicate some factual basis for assuming you're doing something wrong.
Before the FBI could start a very intrusive kind of investigation called -- And the New York Times reported that between December -- 2008.
And march of 2009.
The FBI opened over 111000.
Of these investigations.
-- what's called a predicated investigation investigation where they do suspect wrongdoing and of course only a small portion of those whatever result in any criminal charge yelling.
How about we'll have about thirty seconds left does does this type of law enforcement as appalled as opposed to old fashioned.
Police like investigative law enforcement make us any safer.
No it does it actually squandered three sources and unfairly infringes on the rights of completely innocent people.
Mike Sherman formerly -- the FBI -- now the ACLU it's a pleasure thanks Mike thanks for -- America's bank.
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