DEA Paid Amtrak “Informant” $854,000 for Information It Could've Gotten for Free

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 12 2014 11:36 AM

Good Lord, the DEA Paid an Amtrak “Informant” $854,000 for Information It Could've Gotten for Free

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Penn Station in New York.

Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Amtrak/Getty Images

So the Drug Enforcement Administration was looking for information on the identities of Amtrak passengers. And then, ah, [tugs collar], what had happened was—

According to a report released Monday by Amtrak’s inspector general, the DEA paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 to be an informant. The employee was not publicly identified except as a “secretary to a train and engine crew.”
Amtrak’s own police agency is already in a joint drug enforcement task force that includes the DEA. According to the inspector general, that task force can obtain Amtrak confidential passenger reservation information at no cost.
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Welp. Also: " ... the secretary was allowed to retire, rather than face administrative discipline."

Amtrak has been forcing liberals to consider becoming Republican since 1971.

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