Now that President Donald Trump has fired FBI director James Comey, people are asking, “Who should replace James Comey as head of the FBI?” I know I’m asking that. (No, not really.)
Now, what good are the goon bureaucrats of the FBI? They were off the ball on Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev who went on to bomb the Boston Marathon, and the FBI dropped investigations in 2013 and 2014 of Omar Mateen who went on to murder 49 innocents at an Orlando nightclub.
To make matters worse, what the FBI has been doing is infiltrating mosques and social media and exploiting unsuspecting young Muslim males, mainly those who were mentally unstable, who otherwise had no thoughts of getting involved with Islamic terrorism or ISIS, and then the FBI intentionally indoctrinates these hapless schmucks and motivates them to then want to commit terrorist or violent acts, so that the FBI can then go and thwart its own terror plot the FBI itself has concocted. (See Glenn Greenwald, Trevor Aaronson, Petra Bartosiewicz, Craig Monteilh, and Cora Currier , or Google “FBI infiltrate mosques” or “FBI thwart own terror plots,” on that issue you probably haven’t heard about from the nearly brain-dead mainstream media.)
So besides being incompetent, we know that the FBI has a history not only of surveillance of political activists and religious groups, but of blackmail. Many congressmen and senators were terrified of the FBI’s first director J. Edgar Hoover, who author Ronald Kessler believes would have blackmailed Gen. David Petraeus regarding Petraeus’s affair with his publicist Paula Broadwell.
These “intelligence” and government investigative bureaucracy shady characters are known to surveil, snoop on and blackmail not only U.S. congressmen and senators but judges, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, the State Department, and non-government groups such as banks and the Red Cross, according to NSA whistleblower Russell Tice. According to Washington’s Blog, the blackmail schemes are widespread. In my view, no wonder Chief Justice Roberts voted twice to rubber-stamp ObamaCare, and no wonder the FBI has not indicted Crooked Hillary.
The incompetence, corruption, and criminality are combined with their operating with political motivation, as cracking down on dissent is with these government bureaucrats the main #1 purpose of their existence.
Which is no big surprise. It is a government monopoly, after all.
As Naomi Wolf wrote in 2012 regarding the FBI’s infiltration of Occupy Wall Street,
The documents, released after long delay in the week between Christmas and New Year, show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world: six American universities are sites where campus police funneled information about students involved with OWS to the FBI, with the administrations’ knowledge (p51); banks sat down with FBI officials to pool information about OWS protesters harvested by private security; plans to crush Occupy events, planned for a month down the road, were made by the FBI – and offered to the representatives of the same organizations that the protests would target; and even threats of the assassination of OWS leaders by sniper fire – by whom? Where? – now remain redacted and undisclosed to those American citizens in danger, contrary to standard FBI practice to inform the person concerned when there is a threat against a political leader (p61).
Hmm. Occupy Wall Street was big during the later months of 2011, but where did they go after that? And what happened to the Tea Party movement from 2009-2010? I recall hearing Michael Savage and/or callers to his show that people were at Tea Party events taking down license numbers of cars parked at those events. Like to intimidate people later on?
And more recently we saw how DNC and Clinton campaign operatives infiltrated Trump rallies to cause or provoke violence, so they didn’t need the FBI to do that. But we do see similarities between FBI/NSA/IRS/Etc. (government bureaucracies) and unions which are often heavily aligned with Big Government and expanded government power.
But FBI and other government agencies nevertheless infiltrate and/or attempt to intimidate left-wing Big Government-advocating groups. The FBI did attempt to manipulate anti-Trump protesters or other activist organizations such as Black Lives Matter during the 2016 campaign.
The FBI treats dissenting protest groups and legitimate peace activist groups as “terrorists.”
So the FBI doesn’t go after the Clinton Foundation, which “allegedly” engaged in “quid pro quo” (as George Bush the Elder would say) with the Saudi regime, and the FBI doesn’t go after shady characters who concoct phony “evidence” as an excuse to start a whole new war on Iraq for no good reason.
But they do go after honest, peaceful and harmless organizations like Antiwar.com, treating them as terrorism suspects. In 2011, Antiwar.com’s Justin Raimondo wrote:
… FBI documents recovered through the Freedom of Information Act that detail surveillance of Antiwar.com, the staff, and specifically yours truly.
These documents – including one posted on the web site of an Italian banking association – contained the names of those on a “watch list,” the product of an FBI operation dubbed “Operation Lookout.” The memo acknowledges the list “was posted on the internet” in “different versions,” but says the FBI “assessment was conducted on the findings discovered on www.antiwar.com.”
The FBI’s intense interest in this “suspect list” verifies that, as I wrote on several occasions, it is indeed authentic. The “enclosures” accompanying the memo include two pieces written by me on the subject: one a piece I wrote for Chronicles magazine about the New Jersey incident, and another antiwar.com column which they wrongly attribute to some website styling itself as “Pravda” (a site which was never authorized to publish my work). While the FBI and the US government have long denounced the persistent stories [.pdf] of “Israeli art students” and “Urban Movers” conducting covert activities on Israel’s behalf in the US as an “urban myth,” their inclusion of Suter and his spouse on their “Operation Lookout” list and their apparent panic that I publicized this fact directly contradicts their denials.
Here’s how the law enforcement resources devoted to “counterterrorism” are being spent: scouring for useful “intelligence” on Antiwar.com on the internet turned up an article – title and author redacted – “reporting on the magnitude and value of American military and economic assistance to Israel” whose author cited “one of his sources of information as www.antiwar.com.”
Of course, we’re terrorists – yes, that must be it. Otherwise why would the FBI Counterterrorism Unit be taking such an interest in Antiwar.com? And the proof? Well, someone snared in one of their investigations actually went to our website – more than once! If that isn’t a good reason for the feds to set their dogs sniffing around our garbage cans, well then I don’t know what is.
Now, another thing he mentions is that the FBI were interested in knowing his “real” name, which Raimondo notes they could easily have found out by Googling or going to Wikipedia. (He uses a different first name as a pseudonym for his writing.) And also he mentioned that the FBI indicated an intention to find out who Antiwar.com’s financial contributors were. Antiwar.com states: “Antiwar.com is a ward of the nonprofit Randolph Bourne Institute. Your contribution to Antiwar.com is tax-deductible.” So this seems similar to the Obama IRS and Lois Lerner targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups, including the IRS’s demanding names of financial contributors to the groups, a direct violation of the First Amendment if there ever was one.
More recently, Antiwar.com has won its lawsuit against the FBI. According to Courthouse News, “… a win for government-transparency advocates, the FBI has agreed to turn over records it created when it spied on two anti-war journalists and pay $299,000 to settle their attorneys’ fees.
“The deal, which brings to a close a four-year battle for the records under the Freedom of Information Act, is spelled out in two stipulations filed in San Francisco federal court – one on Friday and the other in January.”
So as James Bovard notes, the Comey firing justly knocks the FBI off its pedestal. (Its government bureaucracy-parasite pedestal, that is.)
And As Ron Paul has stated, now that James Comey has been fired, now fire the FBI!
Ryan McMaken of the Mises Institute agrees, stating that we should dismantle the romanticized FBI and give its money back to the states.
And after dismantling the FBI, then dismantle the IRS, the DHS, TSA, CIA, NSA, and all the other central-planning bureaucracies that have for decades been going against our freedom, security, and prosperity.