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CuriousLurker  Jun 19, 2016 • 3:47:11pm

I don’t like it, not one bit. We’ve already given up far too much of our rights & protections in exchange for (the illusion of) safety. Can you imagine what would happen if someone like Von ClownStick appointing a J. Edgar Hoover type as the Director of the FBI? We’d end up with an American version of Iran’s SAVAK.

Hyperbole? I don’t think so. After all, the SAVAK was trained by our very own CIA and the Mossad. No thanks.

Under a CIA operation called “Operation Ajax,” Schwarzkopf Sr. had been sent to Iran to encourage the Shah to return to power and, most crucially, helped him in the quest by forming and training security forces that would be loyal to the Shah. These security agents would eventually metamorphose into the dreaded and feared SAVAK secret police, one of the most brutal foundations of the Shah’s power.

Israel’s Mossad spy agency also assisted in training SAVAK agents in the arts of interrogation, surveillance and torture.

SAVAK basically served as an intelligence agency with unlimited police powers — and a very effective deterrent to any opposition to the Shah. Officers of the organization could spy on or arrest almost anybody at will and frequently used torture to gain information or to simply intimidate the populace. […]

ibtimes.com

From an article cited by RWC in one of his pages earlier in the week WRT the same GAO report:

GAO recommended the Attorney General look into why required privacy impact reports were not published by the FBI. It also asked the FBI to conduct tests on the system to determine its accuracy and false positive rates, hold annual reviews of the NGI system and audit each database used by the FACE system to determine if they’re accurate enough for FBI searches.

In its reply to the report, the Department of Justice said any photos returned as possible matches are not considered positive identification, and are not sufficient to warrant action on their own. It’s only used for “investigative leads,” according to the DoJ. […]

money.cnn.com

That’s a non-answer—way too vague. If possible matches aren’t considered “positive identification” then what is, and what additional items would constitute an actionable positive ID? Is due process involved? Who determines all these things and under whose authority/oversight?

Nope, nope, nope—not without greater transparency and a guarantee of due process.


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