[Ed. – This is a big mess. It should be a net positive for the Bundys, but it’s an atrocious discovery for Americans who were hoping the FBI was a trustworthy arm of law enforcement and not another rogue agency. Italics in original.]
As the trials of men arrested over the Bundy Ranch siegebegins in Nevada, it’s coming out now that the FBI used agents posing as a “fake film company” to obtain evidence to be used against them in court. However, that is quickly becoming an ethics scandal which may demonstrate just how corrupt the bureau has become and may hurt their case against the Bundys and their supporters, who are also being held as political prisoners.
The Guardian reports:
FBI agents posed as journalists and tricked the Bundy ranching family and their supporters into giving on-camera interviews that prosecutors may use in upcoming trials, according to defense attorneys and court records.
The FBI’s “fake film production company” and “wide-reaching deceptive undercover operation”, as lawyers described it in a court filing, is one of multiple controversies that some say could derail the government’s prosecution of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his four sons and a dozen of their followers. A recent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ethics scandal involving tickets for the popular Burning Man festival could further hinder prosecutors in the high-profile trial, which began this week in Las Vegas federal court.