From: Ben Swann
Federal Agents Posing as Students, Protesters, Doctors and Ministers for Undercover Operations
A new report by the New York Times has found that at least 40 different agencies of the US government have active undercover operations involving officers pretending to be students, protesters, doctors, ministers, and welfare recipients.
The Times conducted a review of internal records and interviewed officials for the report. They found that the Supreme Court used small teams of undercover officers acting as student protesters outside the court to look for suspicious activity. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) went undercover as accountants, drug dealers and yacht buyers in an effort to find tax evaders. The Agriculture Department used more than 100 agents pretending to be food stamp recipients to look for suspicious vendors and fraud at convenient stores.
The use of undercover agents was once largely the domain of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) but since 9/11 nearly every federal agency now employs them. According to an analysis of publicly available resumes:
“since 2001 more than 1,100 current or former federal employees across 40 agencies listed undercover work inside the United States as part of their duties.”