November 16, 2014
Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes, Again…

this is getting boring. Maybe if a corporation showed up to petition for a redress of grievances?

At the Supreme Court, small teams of undercover officers dress as students at large demonstrations outside the courthouse and join the protests to look for suspicious activity, according to officials familiar with the practice…

A Supreme Court spokesman, citing a policy of not discussing security practices, declined to talk about the use of undercover officers. Mr. German, the former F.B.I. undercover agent, said he was troubled to learn that the Supreme Court routinely used undercover officers to pose as demonstrators and monitor large protests.

“There is a danger to democracy,” he said, “in having police infiltrate protests when there isn’t a reasonable basis to suspect criminality.”

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at November 16, 2014 05:47 PM
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In Germany we can't even think of starting lawful procedures to prohibit the National Democratic Party, the successor organisation of the Nazis, because it's infiltrated by payed confidential informants and secret agents to such an extent you can't determine if the party is not actually being *led* by government agents. This gives the term "agent provocateur" a whole new meaning.

Posted by: Peter on November 17, 2014 10:56 AM

At the SCOTUS, the most suspicious or suspect activity is going on inside the building, in the justices' chambers.

Posted by: Tim on November 18, 2014 12:46 PM
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