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The Justice Department granted the DEA the extraordinary authority to secretly surveil people at the George Floyd protesters to “enforce any federal crime committed,” according to a memo obtained by BuzzFeed News.
In a statement Saturday, Attorney General William Barr said the “FBI, Marshals, ATF, and DEA, and all of our 93 US Attorneys across the country, will support these local efforts and take all action necessary to enforce federal law.”
It is not immediately clear if other federal law enforcement agents were appointed in response to the protests.
Three anonymous sources from the DEA told BuzzFeed News that the authorization served as an example of the DOJ potentially abusing its power to crack down on the protests protected by the First Amendment.
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The Justice Department granted the Drug Enforcement Agency the temporary power to conduct “covert surveillance” on demonstrators at the George Floyd protests, BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday.
According to a memo obtained by BuzzFeed News, the DEA was given the extraordinary authority to “enforce any federal crime committed as a result of protests over the death of George Floyd” on a “nationwide basis for a period of fourteen days.”See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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