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10/25/19 Trevor Aaronson on the FBI’s Unconstitutional Investigative Powers

10/25/19 Trevor Aaronson on the FBI’s Unconstitutional Investigative Powers

Trevor Aaronson discusses some of the FBI’s egregious abuses of its power over American citizens, most recently brought to light by their use of an informant to investigate a law-abiding militia group in California for years. Although the FBI claims to be concerned with acts of violence alone, and not ideology, cases like this are clear examples of their willingness to go after people only for their views, and despite the absence of any wrongdoing whatsoever. Most of the supposedly foiled terrorist plots of recent years, in fact, are FBI entrapments to begin with, as Aaronson documents in his book, The Terror Factory.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Informant Reveals FBI’s Already Vast Powers to Investigate Right-wing Extremists” (The Intercept)
  • “In Search of John Doe No. 2: The Story the Feds Never Told About the Oklahoma City Bombing” (Mother Jones)
  • ATF gunwalking scandal

Trevor Aaronson is a contributing writer for The Intercept and executive director of the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. He is the author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism. Find him on Twitter @trevoraaronson.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson;; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom;; Washinton Babylon; Liberty Under Attack Publications; Listen and Think Audio;; and

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Scott Horton

Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He is the author of four books. He has conducted more than 6,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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