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http://www.businessinsider.com/dea-paid-850000-lists-2014-8

The DEA Paid An Amtrak Secretary $850,000 For Information It Could've Gotten For Free
Associated Press

Pete Yost, Associated Press

Aug. 11, 2014, 5:18 PM

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers, which the DEA could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network, The Associated Press has learned.

The employee was not publicly identified except as a "secretary to a train and engine crew" in a report on the incident by Amtrak's inspector general. The secretary was allowed to retire, rather than face administrative discipline, after the discovery that the employee had effectively been acting as an informant who "regularly" sold private passenger information since 1995 without Amtrak's approval, according to a one-paragraph summary of the matter.

On Monday, the office of Amtrak Inspector General Tom Howard declined to identify the secretary or say why it took so long to uncover the payments. Howard's report on the incident concluded, "We suggested policy changes and other measures to address control weaknesses that Amtrak management is considering." DEA spokesman Matt Barden declined to comment.

Passenger name reservation information is collected by airlines, rail carriers and others and generally includes a passenger's name, the names of other passengers traveling with them, the dates of the ticket and travel, frequent flier or rider information, credit card numbers, emergency contact information, travel itinerary, baggage information, passport number, date of birth, gender and seat number.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the $854,460 an unnecessary expense and asked for further information about the incident in a letter he released Monday to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. Grassley said the incident "raises some serious questions about the DEA's practices and damages its credibility to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies."

Amtrak is officially known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp. and is not a government agency, although it has received tens of billions of dollars in federal subsidies and is subject to the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Amtrak's inspector general said the secretary provided the passenger information without seeking approval from Amtrak management or police, but Amtrak's own corporate privacy policy expressly allows it to sell or share personal information about its customers and passengers with contractors or a category of others it describes as "certain trustworthy business partners."

Under a joint drug enforcement task force that includes the DEA and Amtrak's own police agency, the task force can obtain Amtrak confidential passenger reservation information at no cost, the inspector general's report said. Under an agreement, Amtrak police would receive a share of any money seized as a result of such drug task force investigations, and Amtrak's inspector general concluded that DEA's purchase of the passenger information deprived the Amtrak Police Department of money it would have received from resulting drug arrests.

The DEA does not publish on its website its staff manuals or instructions for employees. It was not immediately clear whether the DEA has rules against soliciting corporate insiders to provide confidential customer information in exchange for money when providing that information would cause the employee to violate a company's or organization's own rules or policies.

Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SEE ALSO: A Congressman Had An Utterly Mesmerizing Exchange With A DEA Agent About Pot

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 LA DEA; Murder of Kiki Camarena http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278  

"Several informed sources have told me that an appendix to this Report was removed at the instruction of the DOJ at the last minute. This appendix is reported to have information about a CIA officer, not agent or asset, but officer, based in the LA Station, who was in charge of Contra related activities. According to these sources, this individual was associated with running drugs to South Central L.A., around 1988. Let me repeat that amazing omission. The recently released CIA Report Vol II contained an appendix, which was pulled by the DOJ, that reported a CIA officer in the LA Station was hooked into drug running in South Central Los Angeles." Maxine Waters Oct, 1998
https://fas.org/irp/congress/1998_cr/h981013-coke.htm   

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'The border fence is a joke': Filmmaker crosses from US to Mexico dressed as Osama bin Laden as Border Patrol says 'we can't be everywhere at once'

James O'Keefe, known for guerrilla documentaries targeting liberals, says US Border Patrol was nowhere to be seen when he crossed border twice
The conservative firebrand wore a bin Laden mask to show the national security implications of unmonitored borders
A Border Patrol official said agents who ought to be on the 'front lines aren't even on the front lines anymore'
Texas sheriff showed how a section of border fencing ends abruptly, providing easy access for immigrants to sneak in from Mexico

By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor, Mailonline

Published: 15:41 GMT, 11 August 2014 | Updated: 16:04 GMT, 11 August 2014

A flamethrowing American conservative activist raised eyebrows in the U.S. on Monday by releasing a video of himself crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas, dressed as the late al-Qaeda terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Guerrilla documentarian James O'Keefe's footage comes at a time when Americans are engaged in a national debate about border security. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months, drawn by a confusing White House policy that appears to offer amnesty for those who make it safely.

In Monday's video release, O'Keefe focuses on the implications for national security: He illegally crosses into Mexico twice and returns – first in street clothes and again in army fatigues, wearing an Osama bin Laden Halloween mask
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Not really Osama: James O'Keefe donned a Halloween mask to show that U.S. Border Patrol is stretch too thin to arrest terrorists coming across the border from Mexico

Not really Osama: James O'Keefe donned a Halloween mask to show that U.S. Border Patrol is stretch too thin to arrest terrorists coming across the border from Mexico

The video stunt is the latest online expose from the same filmmaking activist who brought down the liberal group ACORN with a video showing its employees agreeing to help a purported pimp run a human trafficking ring and evade income taxes

The video stunt is the latest online expose from the same filmmaking activist who brought down the liberal group ACORN with a video showing its employees agreeing to help a purported pimp run a human trafficking ring and evade income taxes
O'Keefe talked to a Texas sheriff who conceded that illegal immigrants can enter the U.S. by moving a metal fencepost and walking around a few strands of barbed wire

O'Keefe talked to a Texas sheriff who conceded that illegal immigrants can enter the U.S. by moving a metal fencepost and walking around a few strands of barbed wire

The official White House website includes a claim that 'today border security is stronger than it has ever been.'

But O'Keefe told MailOnline that his stunt proves the federal government's policy is lax and needs a dramatic overhaul.

'President Obama is trying to deny the obvious,' he said.

'We proved that border security is national security. The fence is not complete. The border is not secure. In fact, the video shows the border fence is a joke.'

'The primary responsibility of the commander-in-chief is to protect the homeland,' said O'Keefe. 'With a single trip to the border, we proved that President Obama and Congress have failed miserably and are misleading America.'

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol official told MailOnline that his agency's forces are stretched to the breaking point.

'We can't be everywhere at once,' the official said Monday. 'This is typical of what you'll find in Texas.'

'The guys who are on the front lines aren't even on the front lines anymore. They're dozens of miles inside the U.S. How can we catch the bad guys if we never see them until they're standing on American soil?'

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to make public comments about U.S. policy.

Reporter crosses US Mexico border as Osama bin Laden

O'Keefe, though, was more than willing to have his name and face associated with Monday's episode.

He is famous for shuttering the liberal pressure group ACORN with a 2009 video sting showing the organization's workers helping a prostitute and her pimp plan a human trafficking operation and evade income taxes.

He also raised eyebrows in 2012 by pretending to be U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at a polling place and being offered his ballot without an ID check. Holder had famously opposed a policy of requiring voters to show photo IDs on Election Day.

But this week his attention was focused on Mexico, saying in his six-minute film that 'this border is not secure. No one is on watch.'

If bin Laden can cross into the U.S., he says, 'anybody can cross. ... Do you feel safe?'


More...

Hidden cameras capture suspected drug smugglers illegally sneaking into the U.S. from Mexico in broad daylight
Lone ranger: Sole police officer on $11.50 an hour mans Texas town where record numbers of illegal immigrants are crossing the border
Number of unaccompanied minors crossing into U.S. tops 60,000 as federal facilities overflow and private shelters receive millions of taxpayer dollars to care for them
Democratic congressman's son forced to resign from father's campaign after being caught on video endorsing voter fraud
EXCLUSIVE: Hidden camera catches wireless company employees passing out 'Obama phones' to people who say they'll SELL them for drugs, shoes, handbags and spending cash

O'Keefe told MailOnline that he has fielded questions about whether the Mexican government is lkely to charge him with a crime for illegally entering from the U.S. in order to film himself coming back across the sliver of river that separates the two countries.

No one, however, is asking him about the possibility of repercussions from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

'I don't know what the Mexican law is and frankly I don't care,' he said. 'All I know is nobody was there protecting our national security.'
Guerrilla filmmaker: O'Keefe told MailOnline that his video shows the U.S. is kidding itself to believe its borders are secure

Guerrilla filmmaker: O'Keefe told MailOnline that his video shows the U.S. is kidding itself to believe its borders are secure

President Barack Obama boasted in May 2011 that the border fence separating the US from Mexico was 'basically complete,' and boasted that his policies had 'strengthened border security beyond what many thought possible'

President Barack Obama boasted in May 2011 that the border fence separating the US from Mexico was 'basically complete,' and boasted that his policies had 'strengthened border security beyond what many thought possible'

In a 2011 speech at the border, President Obama claimed that his policies had 'strengthened border security beyond what many thought possible.'

'The fence is now basically complete,' the president claimed.

But Hudspeth County, Texas Sheriff Arvin West showed O'Keefe how his county's 98-mile stretch of border territory includes a secured fence that stops abruptly, as though construction crews ran out of materials one day and walked off the job.

'That's the dead end of it right there,' West says, pointing to a crude barbed-wire fence that continues on to mark the border.

'If you think four strands of barbed wire is securing the border,' he explains, 'then I guess it's secure.'

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A TAINTED DEAL http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

 LA DEA; Murder of Kiki Camarena http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278  

"Several informed sources have told me that an appendix to this Report was removed at the instruction of the DOJ at the last minute. This appendix is reported to have information about a CIA officer, not agent or asset, but officer, based in the LA Station, who was in charge of Contra related activities. According to these sources, this individual was associated with running drugs to South Central L.A., around 1988. Let me repeat that amazing omission. The recently released CIA Report Vol II contained an appendix, which was pulled by the DOJ, that reported a CIA officer in the LA Station was hooked into drug running in South Central Los Angeles." Maxine Waters Oct, 1998
https://fas.org/irp/congress/1998_cr/h981013-coke.htm   

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2685300/US-workers-encountered-man-left-cell-days.html


Student was left for five days without food or water because DEA officers all assumed someone else was responsible, report finds

Government investigation has found that four U.S. DEA employees saw or heard handcuffed college student Daniel Chong in April 2012
He was held in a San Diego cell for five days without food or water
Chong, then 23, ingested methamphetamine, drank his own urine to survive and cut himself with broken glasses while he was held
Last year he was awarded a $4.1 million settlement over what his attorneys called a near-death experience

By Associated Press Reporter

Published: 02:02 GMT, 9 July 2014 | Updated: 05:10 GMT, 11 July 2014



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2688452/College-student-Daniel-Chong-recalls-locked-away-forgotten-DEA-cell-five-days-DARK.html

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A TAINTED DEAL http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

 LA DEA; Murder of Kiki Camarena http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278  

"Several informed sources have told me that an appendix to this Report was removed at the instruction of the DOJ at the last minute. This appendix is reported to have information about a CIA officer, not agent or asset, but officer, based in the LA Station, who was in charge of Contra related activities. According to these sources, this individual was associated with running drugs to South Central L.A., around 1988. Let me repeat that amazing omission. The recently released CIA Report Vol II contained an appendix, which was pulled by the DOJ, that reported a CIA officer in the LA Station was hooked into drug running in South Central Los Angeles." Maxine Waters Oct, 1998
https://fas.org/irp/congress/1998_cr/h981013-coke.htm   

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