Just last week under cover FBI agents conducting undercover investigations were given the green light to impersonate journalists thanks to the Justice Department. This is something known throughout propaganda as Operation Mockingbird.
By allowing these agents to infiltrate media organizations for any reason at all completely threatens to undermine public trust. This is killing the very concept of journalistic integrity and allowing the flow of information to be throttled from sources concerned with the legitimacy of the journalists they contact.
This has worked well in the past but has shown quite the controversy over several constitutional concerns. You see back in 2007 a high school student made several bomb threats through emails to his school. The police were unable to find his location due to the use of proxy servers but after using an under cover agent to send emails to the student impersonating an editor for the Associated Press (sending him emails that included links to a fake news sight that used malware to reveal his location when clicked on).
Their have been lawsuits filed against the FBI in the past for the same reason and although evidence has shown that they have violated their guidelines they have been deemed not unreasonable and nothing has came of these cases. Now the conclusion has been confirmed and it is now considered legal for the FBI to continue with their journalistic deception.
However, there will be rules as to when an agent can pretend to be a journalist. The agent must receive approval from the head of the FBI field office , the Undercover Review Committee, and the deputy director of the FBI who then must meet with the deputy attorney general. It seems everyone outside of the FBI and DOJ’s office of Inspector General who understands just how much of a threat this situation is to free speech and press knows that something like this is completely unacceptable and should be abolished.
If you’re even slightly familiar with the United States government’s programs to control its citizenry you most likely have noticed the similarities between the FBI’s fake journalism plot and the post World War II CIA propaganda campaign known as Operation Mockingbird. If you haven’t heard of Operation Mockingbird I suggest you take the time to watch the video below.