The Strange Case of Matt DeHart and the BOP
Matt DeHart would be detained by Immigration’s and Customs Enforcement for “questioning in an espionage matter.” in Calais, Maine, at the border of Canada. Almost one year later, when crossing the border to renew his student visa, and on the same day, August 6, 2010, nearly two years after an alleged misconduct i.e. a toilet-papering prank viewed as mild vandalism back in Tennessee. Detective Brett A. Kniss filled a criminal complaint on child pornography, based on falsified chat logs, included in classified reports which were never made available to the public, in order to have him arrested.
Matt DeHart had been honorably discharged from the Air National Guard 181 st. Intelligence Wing in June of 2009. It was clear, they were aware of his connections, and activities within the hacktivist group Anonymous, which he became involved with for various reasons, including disappointment with the publicly disclosed CIA’s engagement in secret drone strikes that targeted civilians. Furthermore, as an intelligence analyst he was aware of the capabilities of the intelligence community which could undermine privacy, prior to Edward Snowden’s revelations.
"Part of my job with Anonymous, was I helped people communicate securely. I would protect people from NSA spying."
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The Bureaucratic Nightmare That Cost Matt DeHart His Liberty - And His Family $10,000 CAD Matt DeHart faces a very depressing and lonely Christmas in jail this year for reasons that are at best down to an extreme bureaucratic SNAFU, and at worst (and more likely) down to collusion between the Canadian and American authorities to stop the whistleblower talking to the press.