What Oath?

From indy news. No, this is not my fiction site.

TruthDig – Redacted FBI Documents Show Plot to Kill Occupy Leaders If ‘Deemed Necessary’

A Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Washington, D.C.-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund yielded an FBI document containing knowledge of a plot by an unnamed group or individual to kill “leaders” of the Houston chapter of the nonviolent Occupy Wall Street movement.

There’s some debate as to whether or not the assassination plot was somehow government by proxy as opposed to just sitting back and letting it happen. A rather severe violation of the First and Fourth, wouldn’t you say? Possibly behavioral modification related, but hard to say unless/until the organization and individuals involved are revealed.

Firedoglake – CIA Agents Were Embedded With NYPD And Had “No Limits”

That officer believed there were “no limitations” on his activities, the report said, because he was on an unpaid leave of absence, and thus exempt from the prohibition against domestic spying by members of the C.I.A.

When I discovered that kind of thing, working for the US government without pay, I called it a violation of the 14th Amendment. At least some of what they were up to was terrorism-related (but only some) and it was apparently put to an end after “only” eleven years of it.

Firedoglake – CIA Anti-Leaking Campaign Memo Leaked

CIA Director John Brennan…has launched an anti-leaking program inside the CIA called the “Honor the Oath” campaign.

The oath he is referring to in his memo has to do with secrecy in CIA’s “corporate culture.” It is not, as the first commenter points out, like this one that most federal public servants take, including Congress, Mr. Brennan, and the President that includes all of the Bill of Rights:

“I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

Unless, of course, you agree with Alberto Gonzalez that the portion where the President is charged with protecting the nation makes null and void everything else, and you define “nation” as something other than citizens of the nation. Basically if you accept the premise that words have no meaning, mean whatever you decide they do in the moment.

And one more, a man who wrote chalk on the sidewalk outside a San Diego Bank of America office faces up to thirteen years in prison:

DailyKos – Jeff Olson Petition

Note that BOA is one of those banks that was involved in various scandals in recent years resulting in no jail sentences. War, weapons, terrorism, bankrupting countries, drug money laundering not even misdemeanors; chalk messages a felony (though it should be noted that it’s the City of San Diego pressing the charges).

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