Feds’ undercover ops way up: 40 agencies involved; posing as lawyers, doctors, clergy

Feds’ undercover ops way up: 40 agencies involved; posing as lawyers, doctors, clergy

[Ed. – Total corruption, frankly.  Sitting still for this will come back to haunt us.]

The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show. …

Some of the expanded undercover operations have resulted from heightened concern about domestic terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

But many operations are not linked to terrorism. …

Peter Carr, a [Justice] department spokesman, said that undercover operations are necessary in investigating crime but that agents and prosecutors must follow safeguards. …

Those guidelines apply only to the law enforcement agencies overseen by the Justice Department. …

José Marrero, a former I.R.S. supervisor in Miami, said he knew of situations in which tax investigators needed to assume the identity of doctors to gain the trust of a medical professional and develop evidence that is tightly held. …

[C]urrent and former law enforcement officials said the number of federal agents doing such work appeared to total well into the thousands, with many agencies beefing up their ranks in recent years, or starting new undercover units.

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