Feds will not share intel because LAPD's dual employment
creates National security breach
An open letter to the Mayor
February 10, 2006
Porter Goss, the director of the Central Intelligence
Agency, wrote in today's NY Times, "We also know that
unauthorized disclosure of classified intelligence
inhibits our ability to carry out our mission and
protect the nation."
LAPD's dual employment policy creates a National security
breach by allowing the opportunity for such
unauthorized disclosure to happen.
This is the reason Washington doesn't trust the City
of Los Angeles with sensitive or classified
information. They know the LAPD has an official
policy, allowed by state law, which allows active duty
police officers to work as private investigators for
This dual employment creates a breach of national
security when any information submitted to the
LAPD through secure Federal channels, is put into
the hands of police officers who also work for wealthy
private clients, or law firms, as private
The Anthony Pellicano case is the perfect example of
the results of this conflict of interests, created
when a police officer, who works for the people and
the prosecution, in pursuing the convictions of
criminals, is allowed employment by private employers,
including law firms, representing criminal defendants.
I pointed this out to Chief Bratton in my letter of
December 10, 2002 (see below) concerning the danger,
to the public's privacy and to national security,
posed by this conflict of interest of allowing active
duty officers to work as private investigators.
If Los Angeles wants to receive Federal aid or
classified information to protect itself from
terrorist attacks, it will have to put it's house in
order, by prohibiting the practice of dual employment
by the LAPD Until then, the Federal government
dares not trust classified information to an insecure
vessel such as the LAPD.
Thank you for your time.
Edward L. Woody