It seems I can’t keep up with the latest DOJ or FBI scandal as of late. RedState has published two articles in recent weeks. They are expressing my frustration with the FBI’s continued political targeting of their citizens and unresolved tactics.
While some missed my sarcasm regarding the “J. Edgar glory days,” the problems at the FBI and DOJ, along with other federal law enforcement organizations (I’m looking at you, ATF), are nothing new. This author will not suggest McVeigh, Nichols, had any justification for doing the things they did. However, you can look at Ruby Ridge’s and Waco’s actions and wonder if there should be any government with the right to make such a decision against citizens.
You can still feel disgusted at domestic terrorists using Ryder trucks, just like you are when they use blue jackets with bold yellow text. The FBI handled Richard Jewell’s case in the aftermath of the Centennial Park Bombing. They had no evidence that Jewell was guilty of wrongdoing. In fact, the entirety of what linked Jewell to the bombing was geographic proximity and a single FBI profiler’s opinion. That’s it.
The 9/11 Commission Report revealed that some communication problems that might have prevented several hijackers from being stopped by the FBI. The FBI picked up Zacarias Moussaoui (sometimes referred to by others as the 20th hijacker) in August 2001. However, he was not connected to any other hijackers until the attacks.
Yet it doesn’t stop there. The FBI had contacted and/or investigated the Tsarnaev Brothers — perpetrators of the Boston Bombing in 2013, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik — perpetrators of the San Bernardino Shooting in 2015, and Omar Mateen — perpetrator of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016, all before any of those crimes were committed.
The FBI and the DOJ seem incapable of providing evidence that a motive exists or how perpetrators committed crimes. In the case of Stephen Paddock, the entirety of our domestic federal law enforcement power couldn’t figure out how a guy, or better yet, why a guy, got an armory into a tower room at the Mandalay Bay, and murdered and injured hundreds.
Yet every one of these failures, these… clinics of incompetence, were used to justify increased power to the FBI. The argument went something like, “well, we failed because we didn’t have enough access, or we couldn’t do a certain thing that would have helped us to prevent those situations.” Close-door meetings with the White House or Members of Congress likely started with questions of how to prevent those attacks from ever occurring again. These questions are answered by: Bravo to FBI and DOJ.
The recent arrest of Steve Bannon, by the DOJ on Contempt of Congress Charges, makes me question the need for this power in any law enforcement agency. What is Bannon’s crime? Bannon did not respond to Congressional Investigators regarding the January 6th riots. Bannon told these Congressional investigators to pound the sand, despite the fact that they have recently been proven to have used fraud information from FBI and DOJ. What was the last occasion that a person was detained by the DOJ in contempt of Congress? It was not the time I could remember. Do you remember Lois Lerner? She was the architect of an IRS Scandal against Conservative Groups. Although she was in contempt of Congress, the DOJ decided not to charge her.
But when it comes protecting government power abuses, it seems that the agency charged with doing so is in fact an abuse of authority. Which agency is responsible for investigating the suspicious actions of members of Congress? Who controls the DOJ’s budget? The Corruption Tango goes on.
Bill Barr, the President of Trump’s Administration was held in Contempt by Congress. However, as Attorney General, he would have had to prosecute himself for the same crime. While the left was not happy about this, what specifically was Barr in Contempt of? Refusing to submit to a subpoena by Congress. He didn’t lie. He didn’t send them false information or alter documents. He said “No, I don’t want to take part in your scam of an investigation.” This was despite the fact that the FBI and DOJ had provided them with fraudulent information to help conduct illegal investigations.
When Attorney General Merrick Garland lied before Congress about tactics and targets the FBI was using to investigate “domestic terrorists,” (see: PTA, Parents against rape in school bathrooms) this carries with it a specific intent to mislead. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of NIAID, lied to a Senate Committee, claiming that Gain-of-function Research never occurred at Wuhan Institute of Virology. This again reveals an intention to mislead. FBI provided privileged information to The New York Times.
But, when Barr and Bannon discuss these issues, they interpret silence as a refusal to be a part of Kangaroo Courts. This is an intention to mislead. That’s just not true. Congressional hearings often are just that…Kangaroo courts… which don’t have any power to request the information they do, nor enforce those requests. Bannon’s arrest was just more theatrics from the same house of political theatre. Garland, who deceived Congress by claiming that he was not charged, decided to charge Bannon for refusing to cooperate in a fake investigation.
It is illegal to target people as witnessed by the DOJ. Also, it is illegal to withhold exulpatory evidence. Lying to Congress is also illegal. Which point will it be that we stop saying enough is enough. What is more important, how do we stop them? What can we do to stop them?
This is why 2022 as well 2024 is important. Every undecided voter should keep this in mind as they answer the question: “Is this the government that you want?” This is the government you should have. It is time to end the corruption and incompetence that have been rewarded by other governments.
Let’s not get into the politics of Republicans vs Democrats and the Right against the Left. We, the people, are at war with them and the government. Our leaders must be afraid of what might happen to our trust if they lie to us, and more so than any other government officials to whom they may have to speak up. Only way to get them to honor their office and to keep the sacred trust that we gave them is to make them suffer the consequences of violating it more than what they would gain from engaging in questionable acts.
It is essential that strong leaders call out corruption. They will refuse to act until it has been fully investigated by an independent party, and all parties involved are prosecuted according to law.
Let’s start there, but as our Forefathers taught us, no option is off the table.