How Many Times Are We Going to Let the FBI and DOJ Break the Law?
Over the last two weeks, it seems every time I turn on the TV, some new scandal from the DOJ or the FBI is being spoken about. While I support the footsoldiers with the DOJ and the FBI, the organizations show they are just a corrupt shell of what they once were. No more are they about justice or investigations; they are rapidly turning into political enforcement arms of the DNC. One has to wonder how much longer are we going to continue to tolerate their questionable tactics.
I am not advocating violence against these groups; what I think needs to be done is to start mass firings; if that doesn’t work, shut them down and set up a new DOJ and federal investigation group that has firm control placed over them to keep them out of politics.
One can still be as disgusted by the action of domestic terrorists with a Ryder truck as we are by domestic terrorists with blue jackets with bold yellow lettering. Look at what the FBI did to Richard Jewell, in the wake of the Centennial Park Bombing, despite having zero evidence of any wrongdoing. The entirety of what linked Jewell to the bombing was geographic proximity and a single FBI profiler’s opinion. That’s it.
We found out from the 9/11 Commission Report that the FBI was responsible for some of the breakdown in communication that could have helped stop several of the hijackers leading up to the attacks. Remember, Zacarias Moussaoui sometimes referred to as the 20th hijacker, was picked up by the FBI in August 2001 but was not linked to the other hijackers until after 9/11.
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.
To end, I’ll reiterate that Republicans better be ready to fight fire with fire if they retake the House in 2022 (and it would take an inexplicable collapse for them not to at this point). Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Maxine Waters, and many other Democrats who have done insane things must be immediately stripped of their committee assignments in the new Congress. If the GOP House leadership isn’t prepared to do that, they shouldn’t be in their positions.
Even after crimes are committed, the FBI (and, by extension, the DOJ) seem completely incapable of securing evidence of a motive or how the perpetrators had committed the 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. The answers to those questions? More power to the FBI and DOJ.
With the recent arrest of Steve Bannon by the DOJ on Contempt of Congress charges, I again question why any law enforcement agency needs this power. What is Bannon’s crime? Bannon ignored requests from Congressional Investigators into the January 6th riots. Bannon did nothing but tell these Congressional Investigators, who, mind you, have proven very recently to have used fraudulent information from the FBI and DOJ to conduct illegal investigations into the Trump Administration, to pound sand. When was the last time the DOJ arrested someone for Contempt of Congress? I was unable to identify that time. Remember Lois Lerner, architect of the IRS Scandal that targeted Conservative Groups? She was held in Contempt of Congress; however, the DOJ chose not to prosecute her.
Yet when it comes to protecting government abuse of power, the very agency tasked with preventing it is an abuse of power by the very nature of its existence. Who is in charge of investigating the shady actions of Members of Congress? Who is in charge of appropriations for the DOJ? And thus, the Corruption Tango continues.
During the Trump Administration, Bill Barr was held in Contempt of Congress, but as the Attorney General of the United States would have been tasked with his prosecution for such crime. The Left, I am sure, had a problem with that, but what was Barr held in Contempt for specifically? His refusal to comply with a subpoena from Congress. He didn’t lie. He didn’t send them false information or alter documents. He said no, I refuse to participate in your sham of an investigation, which, mind you, was motivated by the same people who had used fraudulent information provided to them by the FBI and DOJ to conduct other, potentially 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 a specific intent to mislead. When NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci lied to a Senate Committee saying that gain-of-function research never took place at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, that again contained an intent to mislead. The FBI leaked privileged information to the New York Times.
Yet, when we discuss the issues with Barr and Bannon, the Left interprets silence and refusal to participate in Kangaroo Courts as an intent to mislead. That’s 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 lied to Congress, is in charge of determining whether or not to prosecute himself, decided to prosecute Bannon simply because Bannon refused to participate in a sham investigation?
The targeting that has been seen from the DOJ is against the law. The withholding of exculpatory evidence also is against the law. So is lying to Congress. At which point are we going to say enough is enough? And more importantly, how? How do we stop them from doing this?
This is why 2022 is so essential, as is 2024. This needs to be the point stuck under the nose of every undecided voter while answering the following: Is this the government you want? Is this the government you deserve? We need to make the wholesale corruption that has been occurring in our government, as well as the oft-rewarded incompetence of other government entities, the outrage point.
Enough about Republicans vs. Democrats and the Right versus the Left. It is us, the people, versus them, the government. We need our leaders to fear what will happen if they abuse our trust and lie to us about it more than they fear others in government to whom they might have to stand up. The only way we get them to respect their offices and the sacred trust we have extended them is to make the punishment of the violation of such so much worse than anything they stand to gain by engaging in questionable actions in the first place.
We need strong leaders who will call out the corruption then refuse to move on anything until that corruption is thoroughly investigated by an independent party and the involved parties prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law.
Maybe we need to learn from the Democrats, take to the streets and demand change, continue to do it until either change is effected, or if the government refuses to listen, then bring attention to their actions every week until come election time the ones doing this will not even be able to win an election for dog catcher.
Thanks to Red State, who contributed to this article.
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