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FBI allowed even more crimes in 2012 than in previous year

Published time: December 27, 2013 19:45
AFP Photo / Emmanuel Dunand

AFP Photo / Emmanuel Dunand

The FBI allowed its informants to break the law in 2012 on even more occasions than it did the previous year, according to a new report.

In a letter sent to the US Justice Department, FBI officials revealed that their nationwide offices permitted at least 5,939 instances of law violations during 2012. The letter was obtained by the Huffington Post via a Freedom of Information Act request, and the numbers represent a five percent increase from 2011’s officially sanctioned crimes.

In August, a separate FBI report obtained by USA Today showed that informants were allowed to break the law at least 5,658 times in 2011, ranging from violations such as acts of violence and selling drugs to bribing government officials.

The new report did not categorize the types of crimes that were authorized, nor did it detail how many crimes were permitted by each field office.

Although the FBI does not consider these actions ideal, officials have said before that it is simply part of the process by which they investigate criminal organizations.

"It sounds like a lot, but you have to keep it in context," former top FBI official Shawn Henry told USA Today in August. "This is not done in a vacuum. It's not done randomly. It's not taken lightly."

When RT reported on the FBI-sanctioned crimes in 2011, we found that the FBI document indicated that the violations were Tier I and Tier II infractions.

According to the Justice Department, a Tier I violation is “any activity that would constitute a misdemeanor or felony under federal, state, or local law if engaged in by a person acting without authorization and that involves the commission or the significant risk of the commission of certain offenses, including acts of violence; corrupt conduct by senior federal, state, or local public officials; or the manufacture, importing, exporting, possession, or trafficking in controlled substances of certain quantities.”

Meanwhile, a Tier II crime covers the same range of crimes but is carried out only with the permission of a senior FBI field manager - not that of a federal prosecutor.

Ever since it was revealed that Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was allowed to continue running his crime ring in exchange for other information, the FBI has been required to document the criminal activity it authorizes. But while the FBI has done this for over a decade, other law enforcement agencies – the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives – still do not.

Comments (7)


ScrewAmericanImperialism 01.01.2014 22:41

America does not want to fix it's own problems, instead they focus on their corporate masters' imperialist interests.


Diez Sanchez 29.12.2013 18:38

RockyFjord 29.12.2013 07:42

Just think of crime as the flip side of policing -- it's easier to understand that way. The coin of course is the taxpayers paying for this magic trick! The more criminals we have, the more cops we can have, Nothing is too fine for our heroes, I tell you. We're not like any other heroes in this world...


Well said brother! My USA indoctrination made my eyes & ears believe that we live in the best government in the world! As I wake up, u can call any government what u want(democracy, communist etc) its always d same!Just another model 4 the rich2 divide & conquer


fran7 29.12.2013 08:48

The USA security service is very corrupt and has been like this since before JFKs assassination in which the security service was complicit.
Read Jesse Ventura's THEY KILLED OUR PRESIDENT to see how USA government control the media using its out of control NSA, Police and Military which are all absorbing Billions of USA citizens hard earned dollars to supress the truth on internal wrangling's and corrupt foreign aid policy which perpetuates war.
e.g. USA government do not allow debates about Israel which receives Billions of USA dollars and would cease to exist without this support.

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