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Date Posted: 22:46:20 03/13/08 Thu
Author: Bobby N. Harmon
Subject: Re: INSPECTOR GENERAL: HIGH-RANKING FBI OFFICIALS APPROVED ILLEGAL SEARCHES
In reply to:
Bob O. Link
's message, "INSPECTOR GENERAL: HIGH-RANKING FBI OFFICIALS APPROVED ILLEGAL SEARCHES" on 21:31:26 03/13/08 Thu
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 22:25:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Bobby Harmon"
Subject: FARMER vs. HARMON - Exhibit: "INSPECTOR GENERAL: FBI OFFICIALS APPROVED ILLEGAL SEARCHES"
To: "David Farmer" , "Michael Dowling" , "James Cribley" , "Lawrence Goya" , "Pension Benefit Guaranty Association" , "Robert Bruce Graham" , "Michael Mukasey" , "Curtis Ching" , "Steven Guttman" , "Hugh Jones" , "Linda Lingle" , "James B Nicholson" , "Executive Office for U.S. Trustees" , "David A. Ezra" , "Kevin S.C. Chang" , "Barry M. Kurren" , "Office of Inspector General US Dept of Justice" , "George Will" , "Haunani Apoliona" , "Michael Marsh" , "Leroy Colombe" , "Scott Helman" , "Bob Nichols" , "Laura Thielen" , "Barry Taniguchi" , "Paul Achitoff" , "Tom Winter" , "Laurie Bennett" , "Nathan Aipa" , "Dave Shapiro" , "Nancy Pelosi" , "Nico Pitney" , "Editor Los Angeles Times" , "Al Martin" , "Gail Kim-Moe" , "Matt Tsukazaki" , "Greg Mebel" , "Marshall Chriswell"
Dear Mr. Farmer and All Concerned:
Due to the discovery of NEW FACTS directly related to this case, I am ADDING the following post from The Catbird's Forum as a NEW EXHIBIT.
Date Posted: 20:31:26 03/13/08 Thu
Author: Bob O. Link
Subject: INSPECTOR GENERAL: HIGH-RANKING FBI OFFICIALS APPROVED ILLEGAL SEARCHES
To: "Bobby Harmon"
From: "National Whistleblower Center"
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 17:41:29 -0400 (EDT)
National Whistleblower Center
3238 P Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Online at: http://www.whistleblowers.org OR
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Marshall D. Chriswell (202) 595-9947
Stephen M. Kohn (202) 342-6980
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 13, 2008
INSPECTOR GENERAL: HIGH-RANKING FBI OFFICIALS APPROVED ILLEGAL SEARCHES
Washington, D.C. March 10, 2007.
Today the Department of Justice Inspector General's office has released yet another report confirming that the highest ranking FBI counterterrorism officials violated the Patriot Act when authorizing warrantless searches of over 3000 phone numbers through the use of National Security Letters ("NSL"). These Letters, authorized under the Patriot Act, permit FBI managers to sign search warrants without judicial notification or approval.
Buried on pages 129-30 of today's report, the Inspector General found:
"More troubling, 11 blanket NSL's issued by [FBI] Headquarters officials in 2006 that sought telephone data on 3,860 telephone numbers did not comply with the Patriot Reauthorization Act requirements respecting these provisions, internal FBI policy, or both. We are concerned by the failure of senior Counterterrorism Division officials to comply with statutory requirements and internal policy regarding the issuance of NSL's and their failure to consult legal counsel."
The officials who signed the National Security Letters include the two highest ranking FBI counterterrorism managers, the current Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism.
Stephen M. Kohn, the President of the National Whistleblower Center, issued the following statements:
"The FBI continues to make grave errors within its counterterrorism program. These mistakes threaten both individual civil liberties and national security. It is unacceptable that over six years after the 9/11 attacks the FBI still does not understand basic rules governing counterterrorism operations. The FBI and Department of Justice have refused to listen to internal whistleblowers who have documented numerous problems within the counterterrorism program which threaten the safety of every American. Although the Inspector General has again documented problems with the abuses of the NSLs, they have refused to order changes in basic FBI policies which caused the NSL violations."
Mr. Kohn represents Bassem Youssef, the highest ranking Arab American FBI agent employed within the FBI's Counterterrorism Division. According to a report issued by the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility, the FBI illegally retaliated against Mr. Youssef after he reported deficiencies in the counterterrorism program to Congress and the Director of the FBI. On January 12, 2008, Mr. Youssef addressed a convention of the American Library Association and explained how the lack of subject matter expertise within the FBI was the root cause of the FBI's NSL fiasco.
Since 1988 the NWC has championed whistleblower protection. The NWC is currently supporting FBI Whistleblower Bassem Youssef, who has reported serious misconduct in the War on Terror, and the NWC is currently assisting Bunnatine Greenhouse (the former Army Corps of Engineers top contracting officer who opposed the no-bid multi billion dollar contracts awarded to Halliburton for the reconstruction of Iraq)
For more information, please visit http://www.whistleblowers.org and http://www.whistleblowersblog.org
This post from The Catbird's Forum can be found at:
http://www.voy.com/129276/ and http://www.voy.com/129276/1067.html
Also check out:
Mr. Farmer, I respectfully request that you carefully review this entire NEW Exhibit, and then advise me if you find any "PROTECTED SUBJECT MATTER" contained therein. If you do find PSM, then I ask that you immediately identify such materials so that I may delete them from the site in order to be in compliance with Judge David Ezra's Order to Remove All PSM from any website that I may create or have control over. If you DO NOT FIND any PSM in these pages, then I ask that you immediately inform me in writing that the site is CLEAR of any PSM.
Mr. Farmer, I am still hoping that this abundance of REAL FACTS (not "phantom dots" or "conspiracy theories" as you have characterized them in filings with the court) will be more than sufficient for you (and for Judges Robert Faris, David Ezra, Barry Kurren, and Kevin Chang) to recognize the wisdom, fairness, and practicality of attempting a NEGOTIATED GLOBAL SETTLEMENT to put a FINAL END to this long-running case.
If you are still unwilling to attempt to negotiate a settlement, then I would again ask that you immediately recuse yourself from acting as the Successor Trustee in this case due to evident BIAS and CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.
Bobby N. Harmon, CPCU, ARM
P.S.- Also, please check out the following for any PSM:
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