Cloaked in the fog of war between Democrats and Republicans battling for control of the Senate, are stories far more enlightening. Unfortunately, the hottest coverage in the states right now is focused on the Democrat’s claims of the Republican’s war against women and the Republican’s claims that Barack Obama is the source of all America’s ills.
If you believe the Democrats, if Republicans take over the Senate, every American woman’s vagina will be confiscated. If you believe the Republicans, if the Democrats hold on to the Senate, every American’s gun will be confiscated, while Barack Obama stands at the Mexican border demanding the fences be torn down. 
If this wasn’t election season, you might have heard about the FBI faking an Associated Press story in an effort to thwart a crime. According to a few media outlets still capable of resisting the herd mentality, the FBI actually used the Associated Press’s identity without notice or permission. 
Apparently convinced many criminals like to read about their exploits, the FBI thought i’d be cool to give their suspect something to read about. When the suspect saw the tempting headline and clicked the link to the fake FBI’s AP story, the bomb threat suspect unwittingly downloaded spyware specifically intended to identify, locate and keep tabs on him. Somehow, this seems rather chilling. 
To think, the government has granted itself the authority to assume the identity of the Forth Estate for whatever it feels is necessary, could be considered crossing a constitutional line. Considering the public has little if any trust in the United States government or corporate interest, the Forth Estate, for all its faults, is all thats left for the public to rely upon. 

Its one thing if a news outlet misses, downplays, ignores or even gets a story completely wrong, but if one can’t even be sure if the news outlet had anything to do with the story in the first place, everybody’s got a huge problem. Its imperative the public can trust the news media to keep an eye on those who’ve proven to be untrustworthy. Once government, corporate interest and the media is viewed as all working together, it game over.
While this incident reportedly took place back in 2007, the questions left hanging out there is how often does this really happen and how widespread is the problem? If the FBI was engaging in this level of law enforcement chicanery to apprehend a suspect seven years ago, what is the agency eagerly engaging in today?
How difficult would it have been to alert the Associated Press of its activities anyway? Lastly, but in no way the  least is, have the government taken such liberties with the New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN or any other major news outlet?
Bottom line: When the tinfoil hat wearing paranoids amongst us were proven to be slightly sane after the Edward Snowden revelations, people started taking government snooping more seriously. Hearing stories like this only adds another layer of discomfort when it comes to government surveillance for the purpose of national security and law enforcement.
When queried about the issue, in a prepared statement, the FBI maintained, these type of activities are used in very rare circumstances. If you buy that one, you’re probably still convinced voting in the 2014 midterms will make a difference in your life.
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