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Government shutdown ‘causing FBI to lose informants’ at centre of terrorism investigations

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Government shutdown ‘causing FBI to lose informants’ at centre of terrorism investigations

A lack of funding due to the partial shutdown of the US government is hindering FBI investigations into drug and terrorism offences, the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) has said.

The bureau has lost several informants who have infiltrated groups under investigation, an anonymous FBI agent was quoted as saying in a report on the impact of the shutdown.

“We have lost several sources who have worked for months, and years, to penetrate groups and target subjects. These assets cannot be replaced,” the joint terrorism task force coordinator said.

Agents who had been working on an investigation into the MS-13 criminal gang said they were only able to communicate with Spanish-speaking informants through a conference call with a translator.

“Since the shutdown, I have not had a Spanish speaker in the division,” one agent said. “We have several Spanish-speaking informants. We are only able to communicate using a three-way call with a linguist in another division.”

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The funny thing about "paid outside help" or "paid informants" is that they tend not to help or inform if they don't get paid.

Who would have thought that "employee relations" could be so complicated?
 

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Trump's shutdown is the national security crisis. Putin put Trump into power in order to destabilize the United States, and lo and behold, Trump is destabilizing the United States.
 

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Trump's shutdown is the national security crisis. Putin put Trump into power in order to destabilize the United States, and lo and behold, Trump is destabilizing the United States.

Come on. You can do better than that. You know as well as I do that his shutdown is an attempt to close the Mueller investigation. It's TOTALLY obstruction of justice and the House should start impeachment proceedings today!
 
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