What's the Counterintelligence Field Activity Doing in Budget Documents?"Oooh, I feel SO safe when my 'Big Brother' is always watching me!!!"
Deep within the budget documents prepared from the Pentagon's comptroller, there exists a single page devoted to an agency that, by all accounts, is no longer supposed to exist. Check out page 87 of the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation budget worksheet. The Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) is marked as having a line item in the FY 2011 budget. The amount of money itself is classified and not printed.
CIFA stood up during the Bush Administration. It was tasked with providing counterintelligence support to the entire Pentagon. Its activities included domestic intelligence collection on perceived threats to U.S. bases and military interests. It ran into trouble when overzealous collectors began to fill databases with reports on political protests. That's bad. Whistleblowers and lawsuits revealed that users of
CIFA's Threat and Local Observation Notice system was stepping beyond the guidelines that were supposed to govern its use. After an investigation, CIFA was officially disbanded in 2008, and the Defense Intelligence Agency was given formal control of the Pentagon's main counterintelligence vehicle. Today, the DIA's Defense Counterintelligence and Humint Center provides the same services that CIFA does, albeit with -- one assumes -- more checks and balances. CIFA itself is not supposed to exist. But for whatever reason, it still has a line item in the budget.
Other harassment is more serious: the American Civil Liberties Union reports that thousands of ordinary American anti-war, environmental and other groups have been infiltrated by agents: a secret Pentagon database includes more than four dozen peaceful anti-war meetings, rallies or marches by American citizens in its category of 1,500 "suspicious incidents". The equally secret Counterintelligence Field Activity (Cifa) agency of the Department of Defense has been gathering information about domestic organisations engaged in peaceful political activities: Cifa is supposed to track "potential terrorist threats" as it watches ordinary US citizen activists. A little-noticed new law has redefined activism such as animal rights protests as "terrorism". So the definition of "terrorist" slowly expands to include the opposition.Source: Information Clearing House
Professor Walter F Murphy is emeritus of Princeton University; he is one of the foremost constitutional scholars in the nation and author of the classic Constitutional Democracy. Murphy is also a decorated formermarine, and he is not even especially politically liberal. But on March 1 this year, he was denied a boarding pass at Newark, "because I was on the Terrorist Watch list".
"Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that," asked the airline employee.
"I explained," said Murphy, "that I had not so marched but had, in September 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the constitution."
Conason is right to note how serious a threat that attack represented.
It is also important to recall that the 1938 Moscow show trial accused the editor of Izvestia, Nikolai Bukharin, of treason; Bukharin was, in fact, executed. And it is important to remind Americans that when the 1917 Espionage Act was last widely invoked, during the infamous 1919 Palmer Raids, leftist activists were arrested without warrants in sweeping roundups, kept in jail for up to five months, and "beaten, starved, suffocated, tortured and threatened with death", according to
the historian Myra MacPherson. After that, dissent was muted in America for a decade.
Source Watch has some decent items about this ever expanding domestic government terrorist organization that is being shaped to be used against Americans, both here at home and abroad.
CIFA hasn't been shut down, as the government promised, it's just been moved to another part of the Defense Department.
DIA has major operational activities at the Pentagon, the Defense Intelligence Analysis Center (DIAC), Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., the National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) in Fort Detrick, Maryland, and the Missile and Space Intelligence Center(MSIC) in Huntsville, Alabama and is in the process of building the new Defense Intelligence Support Center (DISC) in Reston, Virginia. DIA is a member of the United States Intelligence Community, reporting to theU.S. Intelligence Oversight: Is Congress the Problem?
Director of National Intelligence.
Is Congress the problem? Oh hell no, most are busy getting feted by lobbyists who supply them with $5,000 a night hookers, or little boys or girls and Peruvian flake.
When not engaged in those weighty matters, they're off collecting bribes, oops, meant to say 'campaign donations.'
Those poor overworked dears.