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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Critics Say Using Confidential Informants Compromises Judicial System

Critics of the government's use of confidential informants are calling for more safeguards and guidelines to establish accountability against the secrecy of having thousands of informants on the government payroll. Despite guidelines established by the DOJ and the FBI, a 2005 Inspector General report shows that in 85% of the cases reviewed, the guidelines weren't followed.

Loyola Law School professor Alexandra Natapoff has authored a news book, Snitching, in which she says informants commit all sorts of crimes that compromise the judicial system and betray the national integrity.

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