The FBI is taking cues from the CIA to recruit thousands of covert informants in the United States as part of a sprawling effort to boost its intelligence capabilities.
According to a recent unclassified report to Congress, the FBI expects its informants to provide secrets about possible terrorists and foreign spies, although some may also be expected to aid with criminal investigations, in the tradition of law enforcement confidential informants. The FBI did not respond to requests for comment on this story.
Expect every Right Wing war blogger from Michelle Malkin to Ace of Spades to Hugh Hewitt to Instapundit to (take your pick) to sign up for their dream job: Informing on Americans (which they will then say counts for service on the "front lines" in the GWHAT?® and thereby allows them to never ever be called "Chickenhawks" again).
Expect also the FBI to quickly scuttle the program when they are daily besieged with "tips" from their enthusiastic blog-friends, such as:
This totally unhinged dude on Daily Terrorist (Kos) just wrote that Donald Rumsfeld should be tried for war crimes. That's TREASON: T-R-E-A-S-O-N treason!
P.S. I'll take pictures of his arrest and post them on my blog if you send me a plane ticket voucher and a note to get out of work.
P.P.S. Do I get a badge now?