FBI docs show program to recruit informants entering US
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The FBI and U.S. customs office work together to recruit potential informants that are entering the U.S., according to government documents obtained by The Intercept.


In one of the documents, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) refers to itself as the “GO TO agency in the Law Enforcement world when it comes to identifying individuals of either source or lead potential.”

CBP provides assistance to the FBI by giving the agency passenger lists and fingerprint data, the report said. The FBI can also request CBP to flag certain travelers, pull them aside for questioning and conduct extra screenings.

According to the obtained presentation slides from the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, “if subject is deemed ‘recruitable,' " then a “series of overt interviews set into motion.”

However, if the targeted individual is “not recruitable,” then “NO HARM. Subject believes that the interview is part of the immigration process.”

Another CBP slide says that “Prior coordination can help make interviews as quick or as long as necessary."

The CBP is also said to have power to search through "pocket litter" alongside “full cell dump, including #s, text messages, pictures, etc.” at some airports.

The information obtained from the searches is then filed into a database that identifies potential informants and can lead to a follow-up visit from the FBI, the report said.

The documents also mention the “immigration relief dangle,” a forbidden practice of promising immigration benefits to potential informants. 

One slide mentions that the agents can target "subjects in line for immigration relief … who will ultimately receive their benefit anyhow.”

The critics of the program, including human rights groups that were interviewed by The Intercept, said such a practice fits the discriminatory pattern against many Muslim travelers. 
The government documents, however, state that the program is only designed to gather intelligence.