"It was a rider attached to an emergency military appropriations bill which was passed during the last hour of the final congressional session of the year."
"You didn't introduce yourself as an FBI Agent but you said you were associated with the FBI. What exactly does that mean?"
"Yes, that's observant of you. We are an autonomous agency and are not in the FBI or part of their structure but we work closely with the Bureau. We have our own duty stations at all FBI field offices and have access to their data bases and other resources, but whereas the FBI is concerned with investigating all federal and interstate crime, we have only one mission and point of focus."
"Let me guess: that would be policing thought."
"And just how exactly does one go about doing that, policing thought?"
"We have the most advanced technology available, most of it classified, which enables us to uncover thought patterns which are not in alignment with American values or policies."
"You're not talking about tapping phones, bugging conference rooms, monitoring emails..."
"There are other agencies already handling those activities."
"So what exactly do you do?"
"All thoughts are associated with brain waves, and these waves produce specific frequencies and patterns. Our system scans a designated sector and is programmed to alert us to suspicious thought patterns. Then a field team follows up to investigate and determine the nature and source of the suspect thoughts."
"The individual or group generating the suspect thought forms."
"Suspect thought forms. I see. And those would be...?"
"Anything that is anti-American, such as being a member of or sympathetic to any group opposed to American policies or activities and promoting negative attitudes toward the government."
"That's a pretty wide net. After all, one can be a patriot and be opposed to certain government policies and activities."