Emails obtained by @CREWcrew via #FOIA show DEA’s “covert surveillance” of racial justice protesters in Philadelphia, Chicago, Albuquerque

DOJ authorized the surveillance efforts in May 2020, per a DEA memorandum revealed last year by @BuzzFeedNews…
"Please dress in a fashion that will allow you to bend (sic) in with the crowds"
Albuquerque police department requested assistance from Albuquerque DEA to provide surveillance for a protest last May.
The Philadelphia police department requested the assistance of DEA last June "to provide intel" on protests "or illegal activity "

"Please assign Personel to infiltrate crowds for intel purposes"

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15 Mar
#SunshineWeek document SCOOP/THREAD: Our @BuzzFeedNews members got a first look at these records I requested last May but now I'm sharing w/everyone

Here are all of Richard Grenell's emails from his brief stint as acting DNI

In some ways, Grenell’s emails are an extension of his Twitter persona and showcase his spats with reporters

He refers to @ZcohenCNN as a "drama queen," demands to speak to @JonathanLanday's editor regarding an accurate story he wrote that he said was "outrageously slanted"
One email sent to Grenell shows an official in his office lamented their inability to “shape the narrative” in a @julianbarnes @adamgoldmanNYT @npfandos story about Grenell’s plans for ODNI, to which he responded, “Washington is highly toxic these days.” 

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13 Mar
More #FinCENFiles IMPACT:

The FinCEN files will change suspicious activity reporting

"In the coming months, we expect regulators and law enforcement to place more focus on the quality and timeliness of SARs."…
"The FinCEN files have highlighted failings in the quality of information communicated through SARs, which often feature one-line explanations of suspicious activity."
"The FinCEN files highlighted multiple instances where banks and law enforcement failed to act quickly enough to prevent the proceeds of crime from entering the system."
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4 Mar
NEW deep dive by @bri_sacks & me. We obtained 81 pages of docs & pics via #FOIA from Federal Protective Service about the intel they had in the lead up to the Capitol riots and the day of the insurrection. Good stuff here.…
Here's the full set of documents.

(WaPo, @FOIANate and team, also reported on this today.)…
DHS Federal Protective Service were monitoring live streams of the Jan 6 insurrection. Faces were redacted in the documents the agency turned over to us.
Read 6 tweets
3 Mar
5 months after the release of #FinCENFiles

Over the next year, a small, relatively obscure bureau of the Treasury Dept - FinCEN- will take a lead role in plugging what many experts consider the biggest hole in the U.S.’s anti-money-laundering protections…
Nearly all of the reforms that will now be undertaken as highlighted in this story is related to massive institutional and regulatory failures that we @BuzzFeedNews & @ICIJorg and more than 100 media orgs around the world exposed and spent 16 months investigating. Stunning impact
This WSJ story cites our #FinCENFiles investigation and findings, which Treasury told us would threaten natsec and referred to DOJ for investigation. The agency's claims were recently undercut by AML officials who said it would lead to positive change…
Read 4 tweets
23 Feb
BOOM: Capitol Police is not subject to #FOIA so @BuzzFeedNews & I are using another tool to lift the veil of secrecy & gain access to a wide range of docs about the inner workings of the police force: the common law right of access. NEW lawsuit just filed…
Here's the complaint filed today by our attorney @_LightLaw

Please support our efforts and our battle to make these documents public. Sign up for a @BuzzFeedNews membership…
Although most cases involving the common law right of access to govt docs involve records in the custody of the judicial branch, the DC Circuit has made clear that the right applies to all 3 branches of the federal govt and is not limited to records similar to court documents.
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6 Feb
Saturday SCOOP: The man overseeing President Joe Biden's daily intelligence briefing previously advocated for the CIA’s false claims about its torture program to a powerful Senate committee.


Veteran CIA intel analyst Morgan Muir was one of Biden's briefers delivering the PDB. When we contacted ODNI about his role in defending CIA torture program the agency said he would not be at WH on a daily basis briefing Biden

Yesterday, ODNI said he wouldnt be at WH at all

The revelations about Muir's role leading a CIA team to defend the agency's response to the Senate Intel Committee's torture report has not been revealed before.

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