The Federal Government May Be Using Private Information to Violate Constitutional Rights (Guest: Michael Letts)
Law enforcement veteran Michael Letts discusses a new report regarding the “monitoring” of “innocent people.
Is the government keeping a close eye on its citizens through something as simple as gun purchases? A new report from The Epoch Times indicates that could be the case.
The report notes that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have been “monitoring innocent people” to keep track of both their general income and gun purchases – a very questionable tactic, if true.
The Epoch Times came across new documents in the midst of its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, indicating that ATF agents requested surveillance by the FBI, using the aforementioned reasons above, as well as what they call “bizarre” messages.
This isn’t the first time that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has come into question, as whistleblowers in the past (most of them former employees) have discussed the group monitoring angry parents, Christians and other types on the basis of Constitutionally protected actions.
Joining us now to discuss this further is Michael Letts, a law enforcement veteran with over 30 years of experience under his belt. Letts is president, founder and CEO for InVest USA, an organization that provides bulletproof vests to police officers through various charitable groups and sponsorships. His expertise will prove useful in this matter.
- What’s your take on government agencies keeping tabs on people making gun purchases? Is it a safety measure, or something that could easily be taken too far?
- Why do you believe the ATF would have the FBI monitor someone merely based on low salaries? Potential for criminal acts? Something else?
- Does the government have any right to know who is making gun purchases? How far is too far when it comes to obtaining information on who is purchasing what, and what it’s being used for?
- This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard about the FBI conducting questionable surveillance, as they reportedly kept tabs on such types as “angry” parents and Christians. Is FBI director Christopher Wray just picking and choosing who to go after at this point? Or is this an agenda that comes from a higher office?
- Do you believe this report will assist the ongoing investigation into the Department of Justice and the FBI being conducted by the appointed committee? Do you expect them to make any sort of traction this year?
- What actions are you hoping to see from the FBI and other government offices? Does Wray need to resign and let a new director take over? What would you do if you were asked for a plan of action?
- You’re the creator of InVest USA, an organization that provides bulletproof vests to police officers through various charitable groups and sponsorships. Tell us more about that, and why support for fellow officers is so important right now.
- Where can we learn more about InVest USA, and how those interested can help their fellow officers.
About Michael Letts:
Michael Letts is the Founder, President, and CEO of InVest USA, a national grassroots non-profit organization that is helping hundreds of communities provide thousands of bulletproof vests for their police forces through educational, public relations, sponsorship, and fundraising programs. He also has over 30 years of law enforcement experience under his belt, hence his pro-police stance for his brothers and sisters in blue. Those interested in learning more about Letts can visit his official website here.