Secret Docs Reveal: President Trump Has Inherited an FBI With Vast Hidden Powers Documentos Secretos Revelan: Que el Presidente Trump ha Heredado un FBI con Grandes Poderes Ocultos

Por Glenn Greenwald y Betsy Reed

January/Enero  31, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – “The Intercept” – In the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the FBI assumes an importance and influence it has not wielded since J. Edgar Hoover’s death in 1972.  A raíz de la inauguración del Presidente Donald Trump, el FBI asume una importancia e influencia que no ha ejercido  desde la muerte de J. Edgar Hoover en 1972.

That is what makes today’s batch of stories from The Intercept, The FBI’s Secret Rules, based on a trove of long-sought confidential FBI documents, so critical: It shines a bright light on the vast powers of this law enforcement agency, particularly when it comes to its ability to monitor dissent and carry out a domestic war on terror, at the beginning of an era highly likely to be marked by vociferous protest and reactionary state repression.

Eso es lo que indica el bonche de historias del sitio digital The intercept, Los Archivos Secreto del FBI, basado en documentos confidenciales del FBI buscador por mucho tiempo, tan críticos: iluminan en forma brillante  los grandes poderes de esta agencia policial, particularmente cuando se trata de su capacidad para monitorear la disidencia y llevar a cabo una guerra interna contra el terrorismo, en el comienzo de una era con altas probabilidades de ser marcada por  ruidosa protesta y represión estatal reaccionaria.

In order to understand how the FBI makes decisions about matters such as infiltrating religious or political organizations, civil liberties advocates have sued the government for access to crucial FBI manuals — but thanks to a federal judiciary highly subservient to government interests, those attempts have been largely unsuccessful.

Para entender cómo el FBI toma las decisiones sobre como la infiltración de organizaciones religiosas o políticas, defensores de las libertades civiles han demandado al gobierno para tener acceso a manuales cruciales del FBI — pero gracias a un poder judicial federal muy servil a los intereses del gobierno, esos intentos han sido en gran parte fracasados.

Because their disclosure is squarely in the public interest, The Intercept is publishing this series of reports along with annotated versions of the documents we obtained.

Porque su revelación es en el interés público, The Intercept  está publicando esta serie de reportes junto con versiones anotadas de los documentos que  obtuvimos.

Trump values loyalty to himself above all other traits, so it is surely not lost on him that few entities were as devoted to his victory, or played as critical a role in helping to achieve it, as the FBI.

Trump valora la lealtad a sí mismo por encima de otros rasgos, por lo que seguramente  pocas entidades fueron tan dedicadas a lograr su victoria, o jugaron un papel tan crítico para ayudar a conseguirla, como el FBI.

One of the more unusual aspects of the 2016 election, perhaps the one that will prove to be most consequential, was the covert political war waged between the CIA and FBI.

Uno de los aspectos más inusuales de la elección de 2016, tal vez uno que resultará ser el más consecuente, fue la guerra  política encubierta  entre la CIA y el FBI.

While the top echelon of the CIA community was vehemently pro-Clinton, certain factions within the FBI were aggressively supportive of Trump. Hillary Clinton herself blames James Comey and his election-week letter for her defeat.

Mientras que la cúpula del poder de la CIA fue la mas vehementemente pro-Clinton, ciertas facciones dentro del FBI apoyaron agresivamente a Trump. Hillary Clinton en su carta la semana de las elecciones culpa a James Comey por su derrota.

Elements within the powerful New York field office were furious that Comey refused to indict Clinton, and embittered agents reportedly shoveled anti-Clinton leaks to Rudy Giuliani.

Elementos dentro de la poderosa oficina  de Nueva York del FBI estaban furiosos porque Comey se negó a hacer cargos contra Clinton y se reporta que agentes indignados, filtraron información  anti-Clinton  a Rudy Giuliani.

The FBI’s 35,000 employees across the country are therefore likely to be protected and empowered. Trump’s decision to retain Comey — while jettisoning all other top government officials — suggests that this has already begun to happen.

Por tanto, los 35,000 empleados del FBI en todo el país probablemente  serán protegidos y empoderados. La decisión de Trump de mantener a Comey como jefe del buró— mientras se deshace de todos los otros altos funcionarios del gobierno, sugiere que ya eso ha comenzado.

When married to Trump’s clear disdain for domestic dissent — he venerates strongman authoritarians, called for a crackdown on free press protections, and suggested citizenship-stripping for flag-burning — the authorities vested in the FBI with regard to domestic political activism are among the most menacing threats Americans face.

Al tiempo que Comey se identifica con el desdén evidente de Trump hacia la disidencia interna — él venera hombres fuertes autoritarios de línea dura, pidió una ofensiva contra las protecciones de la libertad de prensa, y sugirió la anulación de la ciudadanía para los que queman de bandera nacional– la autoridad otorgada al FBI en cuanto al activismo político nacional es una de las amenazas mas grandes que enfrentan los estadounidenses.

Trump is also poised to expand the powers of law enforcement to surveil populations deemed suspicious and deny their rights in the name of fighting terrorism, as he has already done with his odious restrictions on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Trump también está preparado para ampliar los poderes de la policía para vigilar las poblaciones consideradas sospechosas y negar sus derechos en nombre de la lucha contra el terrorismo, como lo ha hecho ya con sus odiosas restricciones a la inmigración de siete países de mayoría musulmana.

Understanding how the federal government’s law enforcement agency interprets the legal limits on its own powers is, in this context, more essential than ever. Until now, however, the rules governing the FBI have largely been kept secret.

Entender cómo las agencias de policía del gobierno federal interpretan los límites legales de sus propios poderes es, en este contexto, más esencial que nunca. Hasta ahora, sin embargo, las normas que rigen el FBI han en gran parte han sido mantenidas en secreto.

Source: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46348.htm

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The FBI’s Secret Rules

Confidential Human Source Policy Guide

Detailed rules for how the FBI handles informants. Classified secret. This unreleased September 2015 document is a major expansion and update of a manual from 2007 on the same topic.

See Document

The FBI Gives Itself Lots of Rope to Pull in Informants

Trevor Aaronson
Agents have the authority to aggressively investigate anyone they believe could be a valuable source for the bureau.

When Informants Are No Longer Useful, the FBI Can Help Deport Them

Trevor Aaronson
The FBI coordinates with immigration authorities to locate informants who are no longer of value to the bureau.

How the FBI Conceals Its Payments to Confidential Sources

Trevor Aaronson
A classified policy guide creates opportunities for agents to disguise payments as reimbursements or offer informants a cut of seized assets.

Annotation Sets

  • How the FBI Recruits and Handles Its Army of Informants


Counterterrorism Policy Guide

Excerpts from a guide for agents working on counterterrorism cases, which functions as a supplement to the FBI’s main rulebook, the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide. Classified secret. Not previously released. Dates to April 2015.

See Document

Undercover FBI Agents Swarm the Internet Seeking Contact With Terrorists

Cora Currier
The FBI’s online activities are so pervasive that the bureau sometimes finds itself investigating its own people.

Based on a Vague Tip, the Feds Can Surveil Anyone

Cora Currier
Low-level “assessments” allow the FBI to follow people with planes, examine travel records, and run subjects’ names through the CIA and NSA.

The FBI Has Quietly Investigated White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement

Alice Speri
Bureau policies have been crafted to take into account the active presence of domestic extremists in U.S. police departments.

Annotation Sets

  • Disruptions: How the FBI Handles People Without Bringing Them To Court


Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide

The rulebook governing all FBI agents’ activities, in unredacted form for the first time. This is the 2011 edition, which remains the baseline document today, although the FBI recently released some updates from 2013.

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Hidden Loopholes Allow FBI Agents to Infiltrate Political and Religious Groups

Cora Currier
Beneath the FBI’s redaction marks are exceptions to rules on “undisclosed participation.”

National Security Letters Demand Data Companies Aren’t Obligated to Provide

Jenna McLaughlin, and Cora Currier
Internal documents suggest the FBI uses the secret orders to pursue sensitive customer data like internet browsing records.

Despite Anti-Profiling Rules, the FBI Uses Race and Religion When Deciding Who to Target

Cora Currier
The bureau still claims considerable latitude to use race, ethnicity, nationality, and religion in deciding which people and communities to investigate.

In Secret Battle, Surveillance Court Reined in FBI Use of Information Obtained From Phone Calls

Jenna McLaughlin

Secret Rules Make It Pretty Easy for the FBI to Spy on Journalists

Cora Currier
Rules governing the use of national security letters allow the FBI to obtain information about journalists’ calls without going to a judge or informing the targeted news organization.

Annotation Sets

  • Bureau Hid Doubts About Reliability of Stingray Evidence Behind Redaction Marks


  • CIA and NSA Dossiers Are Available to the FBI in the Absence of Any Crime, Raising Privacy Questions


  • FBI Spy Planes Must Abide Rules When Looking Into Homes


  • On Campus, the FBI Sometimes Operates Outside Restrictions


  • To Probe the Digital Defenses of Targets, the FBI Turns To a Special Program


Guidance on Guardian Assessments 2013

A 2013 unclassified communique from the FBI’s counterterrorism division explaining the database checks and other steps to be taken as part of low-level investigations.

See Document

DIOG Profiling Rules 2016

A 2016 update to the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide’s policy on profiling by race, gender, and other factors.

See Document

Confidential Human Source Assessing Aid

A document bearing the seal of the FBI’s Anchorage field office that gives tips for agents cultivating informants. It is classified secret, and dates from 2011.

See Document

National Security Letters Redacted

An unclassified internal FBI document explaining the rules for national security letters, orders that the bureau uses to obtain certain information without a warrant. The document is undated but contains references to another document from November 2015.

See Document

 

 

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