Last week’s defeat of Osama bin Laden could suggest that our nation’s extraordinary surveillance and domestic security policies over the past decade are due for reevaluation and correction to ensure compliance with our constitutional values. Then again, maybe not. According to an anonymous senior counterterrorism official, the FBI is “back on a post-9/11 war footing.” The implications are troubling, even notwithstanding the Bureau’s admissions of widespread constitutional violations and attempts to obscure congressional oversight and public awareness of the resurgence of COINTELPRO 2.0. According to the National Journal:
Agents will push ahead stagnant prosecutions as a means of mitigating the potential for lone-wolf terrorists to strike out of frustration or revenge, the official said. Field offices have been authorized to expand their surveillance and monitoring to include hundreds of subjects. Potential terrorism suspects might be arrested on valid charges not related to terrorism to keep them off the streets, officials said.