by Andrew Joppa
“That job should not be a political job. We should not be hearing very
publicly from the leader of the FBI.”
It is time we give serious consideration to the disbanding of the Federal Bureau of investigation. This does not suggest ending many of their essential functions. It does mean eliminating the bureaucracy of the FBI that has historically demonstrated a high degree of corruption and inappropriate political insertion into the debates of America. Its past is littered with so many irregularities that, on balance, it can certainly be debated whether they have been a force for good in our society.
While I hold no optimism as to this occurring, a debate is necessary. If nothing else, this debate may result in serious reforms to that organization or to the creation of a rigid charter defining its activities and making its actions more transparent. While this corruption tends to be excused as only coming from the leaders, a more significant case can be made that its corruptions are a factor of the organization itself. My personal view is that the FBI corrupts its leadership and not the reverse.
This focus on leadership has been a recurring theme since the tenure of J Edgar Hoover. The presumption was that once Hoover left, the idiosyncrasies of the FBI would also end. This has certainly not proven to be the case. In fact, since the contrived FBI assault on Martin Luther King as a Communist, with an accompanying dossier created by the FBI, there has been a long, and for the most part unbroken string of activities, that have been questionable within their legality and their ethics. We can see marked similarities between the attack launched against King and the current FBI assault on President Trump. Make no mistake…it is an FBI assault.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation enjoys the reputation of a legion of good Samaritans. Countless films and television shows glorify the agency and highlight its crusade to protect justice in America. Despite this, the FBI’s corruption runs rampant and unchecked. They have been consistently active, throughout their history, in attacking the forces threatening the established order; first MLK and now Trump. Considering their consistent history of criminality and misconduct, it is time for Americans to consider that having criminals fight crime is a futile effort which belies a foundation of corruption across the entire system.
Public discourse about the FBI has been of poor quality largely because academic and public knowledge of the Bureau is severely limited. One can search almost in vain for serious and well-researched works, even articles, that convey any new or useful information about the internal practices and policies of the FBI. While intelligent studies of other executive agencies such as the Office of Management and Budget appear by the cartload, academic curiosity about the FBI appears almost nil. The Bureau remains perhaps the most centrally controlled and rigidly hierarchical organization in the federal government.
Controlling the FBI requires that its future autonomy be strictly minimized. The Bureau itself, however, will always seek to raise that level, at least incrementally. If some reformers have recognized the pressing need to reduce drastically the FBI’s autonomy, almost none have understood that the FBI has a problem with people as well as with structure. The Bureau was long composed of a strikingly narrow breed of personnel. This has been noted by many observers, but no one has appreciated its importance in discussing FBI reform. They created an organization staffed with obedient subordinates; hiring only people whose traits and beliefs mirror those of the superiors.
If composition is a serious problem with the present-day FBI, certain practices that heavily influence agents’ incentives within the Bureau make matters even worse. Internal dissent remains an extremely risky option in an organization where agents have little protection and where disciplinary procedures are harsh. Furthermore, the Bureau’s extremely remunerative pension plan, which requires a minimum twenty years of service, supplies a powerful disincentive to any action that might propel one out of the organization too early. Many Bureau veterans will testify in private that the prospect of that pension induced them to remain quiet at moments when they might have spoken out.
The “paranoid style” became so rampant within the FBI largely because the Bureau’s autonomy and homogeneity were so unrestrained. There must be an intensified effort to increase public knowledge of the Bureau’s internal practices. These endeavors must be accompanied by a new realization of the pressing need for explanation of the Bureau’s behavior. This awareness has been deepened by the highly questionable actions of former FBI directors, Mueller and Comey. These former FBI Directors have discredited the name and reputation of the FBI.
We have found out that the FBI uncovered Russian bribery of the Clintons in 2009, and the Department of Justice and the FBI sat on this for four more years. Worse yet, we discovered the investigation was supervised by then-U.S. Attorney Ron Rosenstein, who is now President Trump’s Deputy Attorney General, and then-Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who is now the deputy FBI director under Trump. This further tarnishes this “respected” organization’s “good name.”
The Hill reported that after the FBI found that the Clintons were paid for giving US uranium to the Russians, they sat on it. Rather than bringing immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil.
Several actions by the FBI and Justice Department have made the news due to their incomprehensible and suspect, if not corrupt or criminal, actions:
* Recently released documents show former FBI head James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton before the investigation into her email conduct had concluded.
* Christopher Wray, the new FBI Director who replaced dirty cop James Comey defended the secrecy on the Russian dossier used to discredit President Trump.
* Judicial Watch recently caught the FBI hiding “Missing” Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting documents.
* The head of the FBI overseeing the bungled Las Vegas shooting investigation is a Comey appointee.
* The FBI sneaked the Las Vegas killer’s girlfriend Marilou Danley out of LAX in a wheelchair and has released no pertinent relationship related to the investigation.
* Comey changed his original wording in the assessment of the Clinton email scandal from gross negligence to extreme carelessness. Gross negligence would have left no choice but to indict.
More and more we are hearing of events coming from Washington where the FBI and the Justice Department are doing all they can to protect the former Obama Administration from litigation due to the numerous scandals and criminal events that occurred over the past eight or more years.
It’s time that President Trump cleans shop within the FBI, and restores it to being a functionally performing organization that ensures laws are kept and not perpetrated. If it can’t be reformed…it must be disbanded.