5th June 2014
So, how could a federal agency seize surveillance records local officials are required to maintain? According to the ACLU “a few hours before that appointment, an assistant city attorney sent an email cancelling the meeting on the basis that the U.S. Marshals Service was claiming the records as their own and instructing the local cops not to release them. Their explanation: the Marshals Service had deputized the local officer, and therefore the records were actually the property of the federal government.”
The feds then physically removed the records to an unknown location.