Hooray for Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Doug Collins — as the top two Republicans on their respective judiciary committees — for demanding that FBI Director Christopher Wray explain why non-violent, white collar suspect Roger Stone was arrested in a predawn break-in by more agents than were involved in the raid on Osama bin Laden.
Cheers too for Tucker Carlson for exposing that CNN was there to put it all on film, obviously given advance notice by a Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaker, with the mainstream media now a de facto arm of the Justice Department.
Unfortunately, only former prosecutor Sidney Powell of the little Daily Caller has noticed that FBI/Mueller has had the other special counsel target, Paul Manafort, rotting in solitary confinement for almost eight months, which Powell considers akin to torture. And, of course, Manafort was also subject to a pre-dawn raid by our fearless FBI when his pajama-clad wife was not allowed out of bed until searched.
Or how about former three-star general, White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn who was accused of the crime of lying to the FBI? Well, it turned out that later disciplined and fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe had called Flynn casually on an unrelated natter and casually slipped in that, by the way, he should “sit down” with a few agents and talk about his discussions with Russians, suggesting it would not be formal enough to require counsel.
In the following FBI interview, Flynn was not formally warned that lying to the FBI in these circumstances was a lie. Perhaps he should have understood but perhaps in such a supposed informal setting, not. In any event months later he is still caught in the government’s trap as a result of what an average person would consider illegal entrapment.
And we cannot forget FBI Counterespionage Chief Peter Strzok and his girlfriend plotting how to keep Donald Trump from becoming president. Strzok was finally fired but the recommendation from the career FBI officer who normally handles discipline only recommended a 60 day suspension.
It is not that the FBI is so efficient otherwise today. It had been the iconic governmental agency since its early days under J. Edgar Hoover beginning with combatting organized crime in the early 20th Century, headed by its pioneering fingerprint laboratory as its symbol of competence. But that reputation crashed when mass errors in DNA analysis were discovered in 2015 that threatened the validity of thousands of its convictions since 1999.
This was quickly followed by similar errors in forensics analysis testing. Basics such as hair-test analysis were found wrong in court 95 percent of the time and DNA tests half the time by a study co-funded by the FBI itself.
A former agent Thomas J. Baker found that the FBI legalistic fact-gathering code under which agents swore in court and a “lack of candor” was a firing offense was overshadowed with the adoption of the more centralized “best guesses” intelligence ethos utilizing more politically-sensitive agents like Strzok’s that undermined the old FBI professionalism.
As early as 2000 the then-FBI Director was forced to admit that the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, who had killed 49 people, had been under close investigation by the FBI for two previous years but that its agents had not used the time to search his electronic devices.
After Nikolas Cruz killed 17 in a Florida school shooting in 2018, the FBI admitted they did not follow up on a credible tip the month before.
Or take the case of Ahmad Khan Rahami. New Jersey police had informed the FBI in August 2014 that a Mohammed Rahami told local police his son was associating with dangerous people after returning from Pakistan informing them that he was a “terrorist.” The FBI Newark office interviewed the father who moderated his complaints and so they did not even interview the son because he was in jail charged with domestic assault and was “not available.”
You cannot make this stuff up.
Congress must begin doing a serious job of overseeing this over-pampered bureaucracy which thinks it is above the law and common decency.
This will obviously not appeal to Democrats who formerly opposed the FBI harassing communists but see no problem when it is going rogue to get President Trump.
As far as our objective media, CNN's Oliver Darcy told his fellows that, "A lot of people, including some mainstream commentators and journalists started asking questions about this [Roger Stone] conspiracy theory. And I think as journalists, we have to be very careful not to allow bad faith actors to hijack the conversation and to move the story away from what it really should be."
The “factual” story told to the yokels clearly was not supposed to be that the mainstream media were actually all lackeys for an out-of-control FBI.
Donald Devine is senior scholar at the Fund for American Studies. He is the author of "America’s Way Back: Reclaiming Freedom, Tradition, and Constitution" and "Reagan’s Terrible Swift Sword: Reforming and Controlling the Federal Bureaucracy." He served as President Reagan’s director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He can also be followed on Twitter @donalddevineco1. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.