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Holder Pressed On DEA Use Of NSA Intelligence

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dea emails marijuanaBy Phillip Smith

A group of Democratic senators and congressmen want Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions about a Reuters report earlier this month revealing that the National Security Agency (NSA) supplied the DEA with intelligence information aimed not at fighting foreign terrorism, but at making drug cases in the US.

Five Democratic senators and three Democratic congressmen — all senior members of the House Judiciary Committee — have sent a letter to Holder, obtained by Reuters, that submitted questions on the issue. Congressional aides told Reuters the matter will be discussed during a classified hearing next month.

The original Reuters report showed that a DEA intelligence unit passes on NSA-gathered intelligence to field agents and instructs them not to reveal the source of the intelligence — even in court. Those tips involve drugs, organized crime, and money laundering — not terrorism, which is the raison d’etre for the NSA surveillance program.

“These allegations raise serious concerns that gaps in the policy and law are allowing overreach by the federal government’s intelligence gathering apparatus,” said the letter written by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

Three congressmen — ranking Judiciary Committee Democrat John Conyers of Michigan, Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) — sent a similar letter after the original Reuters report earlier this month.

“If this report is accurate, then it describes an unacceptable breakdown in the barrier between foreign intelligence surveillance and criminal process,” the congressmen wrote.

It’s not just Democrats. House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) told CBS’s Face the Nation August 18 that the NSA’s passing of intelligence to the DEA for non-terrorist criminal investigations is of concern.

“I think we need to have a very careful examination of this. I think that the trust of the American people in their government is what’s at stake here,” he said.

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9 Comments

  1. I hate the NSA illegally spying, but I also hate drug addicts. Anyway, Donnie, you pay taxes? You can’t even pay your bills.

  2. Government is not going to help anyone excepting themselves. And look at the mess they’ve gotten the country into. We’re bankrupt morally and fiscally. The AMA, FDA and Pharma have the nation in a sickening vortex of side effects and radiation with no cure in sight. Blinded by $$$$$$$$ no doubt and embarassed by Dr. Sanjay Guptas revelations.
    Thomas Jefferson said that we are to resist unjust laws.
    That includes people who benifit from our suffering. The worst kind of scum imaginable
    Grow your own and make your own medication. Resist unjust laws.
    Free All cannabis related prisoners immediately.
    Medicate Educate Legislate.

  3. Maybe this can also be adressed when Holder is drilled during the public congressional hearing next month! pretty bad if this is whats happening. Our laws and The U.S constitution would clearly have been just thrown out the window by people put in place to uphold it.

  4. Yes…..have a “discussion” at a classified hearing. That will provide all the answers that people need. What a joke…..
    I’m so done with all this acting and the dog/pony show. The ONLY way anything will get done these days is if EVERYONE gets off their asses and demand for our rights to be restored!

  5. and if they instructed them not to reveal their info source in court under oath, they are guilty of obstruction of justice and the agents should be held in contempt

  6. Cheryl Vandomelen on

    What trust??? I don’t trust the government but I’m not afraid of it either.!!!

  7. well heres my tax money,you will take it and use to to spy on my every move ? WTF !!

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