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Now More Than Ever, It’s Clear the FBI Must Go

By Thomas L. Knapp | Garrison Center | January 15, 2019

The New York Times reports that “[i]n the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.”

That’s an interesting way of putting it, but let’s try another:

Enraged at the firing of their director, and suspecting the firing might portend a threat to their place and power in the American political establishment, FBI officials went to war with the president of the United States. They redirected taxpayer money and government resources away from anything resembling a legitimate law enforcement mission, putting themselves instead to the task of drumming up a specious case that said president is an agent of a foreign power.

This is exactly the kind of bovine scat subsumed by the recently popularized term “Deep State” — an entrenched bureaucracy, jealous of its prerogatives and bent on the destruction of anyone and anything it perceives as dangerous to those prerogatives.

I’m far from the first writer to point out that this latest news reflects nothing new. Yes, it’s over the top, but it pretty much sums up what the FBI does, and what it has done for the entirety of its 111 years of existence. It attempts to protect “America”  — which it defines as the existing establishment in general and itself in particular — not from crime as such, but from inconvenient disruption.

That’s why the Bureau under J. Edgar Hoover surveilled (and attempted to blackmail) Martin Luther King, Jr. That’s why its COINTELPRO projects illegally infiltrated and attempted to disrupt domestic political groups in the Vietnam era. That’s why the FBI had the material that COINTELPRO operator Mark Felt (“Deep Throat”) leaked to journalists  by way of attempting to succeed Hoover as the man who brought down Nixon.

Trump is no Martin Luther King, Jr., but he’s certainly disruptive. That, not some cockamamie theory about a Russian mole in the White House, explains the FBI’s declaration of war on his presidency.

Almost exactly a year ago — after the FBI officials got caught destroying evidence in a  probe of its investigations of Trump and of Hillary Clinton — I suggested that the time has come to abolish the Bureau.  This latest news confirms that judgment. The FBI guards its own power, not our freedoms. It’s just too dangerous to keep around any longer.

Thomas L. Knapp (Twitter: @thomaslknapp) is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (thegarrisoncenter.org). He lives and works in north central Florida.

January 15, 2019 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Timeless or most popular | ,

2 Comments »

  1. When you have A President who is supposed to be “The Most Powerful Man in the World”, being undermined by “Renegade” agencies like the FBI, CIA, NSA, Pentagon Deep State, it is impossible for the system to work co-operatively. Comey, by the way, lied to Congress, with no penalty at all…….

    The American system is broken, with everyone against everyone else. And in the Background, you have “The Moneymen” buying Senators/Congressmen, thereby, bypassing the American Voters.
    The USA is in DEEP TROUBLE, and the American people are of no consequence at all…….

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 15, 2019 | Reply

  2. Hmmm. This is a good read, but my aging head finds many more scofflaws than merely the FBI. There is my favorite institution-to-hate, the MSM, which is in a constant frenzy to discredit and take out Trump (I admit that I don’t watch Fox…). There is the CIA. There is the rest of the intel-sec apparatus. There is the MIC. There dam’ well is the venal Congress. There double-dam’ well is the executive–DoD, State, Treasury, NSC (on steroids). And there are the people (including me) who just don’t give a damn enough to make representative government work. And finally, there are the think tanks, the lobbies, and — the master of ’em all — the Jewish-Zionist-neocon monster that rules and dominates the corridors of power for the (i) the prime benefit of its political-military Zioentity platform that has usurped the “holy” land and (ii) the “full spectrum dominance” that allows it to ride bestride the entire globe. Maybe Russia, China, Iran, and the “south” will have something to say in the next few years….

    Comment by roberthstiver | January 16, 2019 | Reply


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