Reagan and the FBI

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
<a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/06/09/MNCFLEADIN.DTL"; target="_blank">http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/06/09/MNCFLEADIN.DTL</a>;



To what extent do politics shape the role of the security, intelligence and law-enforcement communities? My own guess is that in those relatively early days, they were not so practised at compartmentalization as they are today.

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  • Reply 1 of 9
    I'm gussing your not bothered by Hillary illegally getting her hands on 1000s of private FBI files. This is a one way thread right?
  • Reply 2 of 9
    finboyfinboy Posts: 383member
    That kinda violates the "three decade rule."



    So what?
  • Reply 3 of 9
    [quote]I'm gussing your not bothered by Hillary illegally getting her hands on 1000s of private FBI files. This is a one way thread right? <hr></blockquote>



    A one way thread? If thats what you want to make it, yes perhaps.



    It was an open question...the article on the FBI's conduct was another blatant example of how law enforcement/security and intelligence agencies (FBI,CIA,NSA,etc) can basically get away with anything they want, (this case is relatively mild compared to murder, terrorism, money laundering, importing and distributing drugs on the grand scale, etc etc).



    It took 17 years to get these 200,000 documents out of the FBI, which fought tooth and nail to prevent their release under that pesky FOIA.
  • Reply 4 of 9
    finboyfinboy Posts: 383member
    Thank God some people are out there digging up irrelevant stuff about almost-dead politicians. You know, that article changed my opinion of Reagan completely.
  • Reply 5 of 9
    Duh? You didn't think that 'ol Holy Reagan wasn't involved in covert activity? Where did you think he could have gotten this behavior...maybe as Hollywood's Actors Guild President?



    All part of the picture...the political picture. Carbon copied before him, after him and now as I type this useless post...



    Artman is in a very cynical mood <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" /> ...I love this country and it's founder's freedoms...but I think that it's all been overshadowed, overwritten and completely overlooked by our recent "leaders".
  • Reply 6 of 9
    pfflampfflam Posts: 5,053member
    Its pretty common knowledge that back then the FBI and the CIA did these kind of covert, very destructive things to citizens' lives regularly. . . . such as with the COINTELPRO program. But this is startling. Startling because of the official level of the target. Its not everyday that you hear of the Head of a major well respected University getting attacked, slandered and malligned, illegally and through very effective means, by the CIA . . . I mean, sure its all known that people with dark skin got it from all sides... and probably still do ( definitely will in the near future due to Der Heimat securstat) but a rich Unicersity Head?!?!?
  • Reply 7 of 9
    rick1138rick1138 Posts: 938member
    It's happening now,don't think for a minute that this sort of thing is a thing of the past.
  • Reply 8 of 9
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 17,721member
    [quote]Originally posted by finboy:

    <strong>Thank God some people are out there digging up irrelevant stuff about almost-dead politicians. You know, that article changed my opinion of Reagan completely.</strong><hr></blockquote>



  • Reply 9 of 9
    *Yawn*



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