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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Is it Time for a Change?

Favoritism Before Integrity?

There are always malcontents - and the FBI is no different than any other organization. Today I hear more discontent from within DOJ and the FBI in particular. The organization was always partisan to a degree, but there's a lot of Obama/Clinton rot in the place now. Favors are now purchased for cash by people with cash to spend inside of the Washington DC Beltway. The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility does not seem to be capable (or willing?) to competently crush this. There has been a shifting cultural change within the FBI. Former Director Comey is emblematic of this change - but it's also a generational cultural paradigm shift.

I'm not suggesting that the FBI be disbanded. They still need to maintain their counterintelligence role and need to hunt down bank robbers. We need untouchables now more than ever, and they aren't it.

Is it time for a "clean" law enforcement agency to investigate leaking and misconduct - an Inspector General's Office to operate at a higher level than IG's usually operate at? The Federal Bureau of Investigation would fight that with every fiber of their being, but can we trust the FBI to be honest? The most recent situations when the FBI became 'political' and even Acting Director McCabe's wife's receipt of what many feel to be a $600K bribe while he ran the Clinton investigation pulls into question whether the fish has rotted from the head down to the extent that they're incapable of cleaning out leakers and sneakers who are trying to undermine the government. (see the aftermath of the UK/Manchester bombing)

President Trump will appoint a new FBI director, but the organization is larger than the person, no matter who it is - and cultural change is resisted with a vengeance. 




18 comments:

  1. Thanks for all your posts (I've been lurking, not commenting).

    Meanwhile at 3 a.m.(EDT) I heard a BBC interview with a British intelligence professional who specifically outlined that the leaked images of the detonator, the explosive device and the name of the bomber went from
    British police to MI5 to FBI(London) to FBI(HQ) so it must've been somebody in DOJ or FBI who leaked the info to the New York Times. Is Teresa May still miffed(I'm afraid to look)?

    Wish they'd plug the leaks, but then you already said that.

    Cheers,
    psychodave

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    1. A trained chimp can follow the breadcrumbs - but will the FBI do it? Doubtful, Dave, very doubtful. So far, how many leakers are in custody? 0 is a very lonely place holder. Time to put people to work who have the authority to oversee all of this skulduggery and refer the case to DOJ for prosecution.

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  2. Draining swamps always pisses off alligators. We could probably cut the personnel of the FBI in half, and still accomplish their mission. Of course, we have to shit can the correct half; anybody with an Obama/Biden sticker on their bumpers should get the pink slip immediately (or more accurately, Gore/Lieberman stickers, or Kerry/Edwards stickers).

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    1. As you suggest, cutting the right half. At least 50% are slugs, waiting for retirement as is true with all government agencies. A lot of those people have something on somebody so will not be the first to get a pink slip.

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  3. We're all smelling the sulphurous whiff of rampant skulduggery, croneyism and malfeasance. But speaking of counterintelligence, how soon before Seth Rich is described as a Russian asset?

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    1. The Seth Rich affair (also see Seth Rich murder) is one of those niggling things that the Clinton operation botched, likely because they went cheap on the murder rather than having it professionally managed with cut-outs.

      In a cut out situation, known gang thugs would have robbed, then murdered him, there would have been a video of that robbery from this or that business location. The thugs, in turn, would have been murdered that night in a drug deal-gone-bad.

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    2. LL,

      You forgot that there would be drugs in his system. and the thugs

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    3. Not necessarily. Just showing the appearance of a drug deal, gunfire, some dope dropped at the scene would have been enough. The coroner would have checked Rich's hair and found no history of drug use, so an incidental purchase would have been the way to go. Of course, the thugs would be doped up before they were dispatched.

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  4. I am not sure if any of this https://goo.gl/Jvuxl6 contain any truthful information. In case it does it will probably reach the surface at any given time. If it is truth it must be difficult to claim the FBI director was completely independent.

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    1. I've heard that former director Comey is a nice guy by people who I trust who know him. He botched the Clinton Investigation in an epic way that created/creates mistrust of the FBI. Having elevated the bribed and documented Andrew McCabe to Assistant Director (now acting Director) only made bad look much worse.

      I'm too far away from that situation to know where the truth lies, but the FBI/DOJ leak of the British terrorist information to the corrupt, elite, lying New York Times suggests a deliberate act to undermine the Trump Administration.

      There's a lot more smoke and fire with this situation than there is with the so-called "Russia probe".

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    2. LL,

      Nice guy?

      nice guys finish last

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    3. That may have been the problem with Comey.

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  5. You are much closer to the criminal justice system than I. That said, my LEO relatives (and there are several) have little or no regard for the FBI. That extends to anyone in Homeland Security. Sad state of affairs when county and state LEOs want nothing to do with any Feds.

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    1. I have worked directly and tangentially with the FBI on a number of matters. They have a bureaucratic structure that is very difficult to work with. (is that kind?) We have FBI readers (who comment at times) on this blog, who share your politics at least in degree, WSF.

      Among my 5 best friends is a former (now retired) FBI Assistant Director, with whom I worked personally and extensively. I trust his integrity and him with my grandkid's lives. So it's not a personal thing with me. He liked James Comey. He is very disappointed in Comey.

      I don't think that President Trump trusts the FBI as an institution and when it comes to the rot, neither do I. I have many FBI horror stories that I will not share. Rule #1 there is: Do not embarrass the FBI. So conduct is often covered up, even by the Office of Professional Responsibility.

      Maybe we need a White House Inspector General to deal with the high level leaking, demand polygraphs the way that the CIA does, etc.

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    2. Local LEO's like the fed's money but the rest is cumbersome.

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    3. Where I worked, I had more money to spend than the FBI did and had better equipment. We were also better paid/better retirement, so it was a different dynamic than many find themselves in.

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  6. "...and cultural change is resisted with a vengeance." But change can happen one person at a time. One or two a week will change the thinking of the typical bureaucrat. There ass is more important than a philosophy.

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    1. The White House swamp is a good place to start draining.

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