“Like so much of our government, including the intelligence community, the DOJ and the FBI are beyond reform. They must be rebuilt from the ground up.”
This really has nothing to do with Donald J. Trump. It’s about the Republic.
America’s justice system has been sliding downhill into corruption for decades. The inherent organizational incompetence of the Department of Justice, including the agency with lots of guns, the FBI, has steadily metastasized into systemic corruption.
And finally, last night happened.
It’s like looking at the carcass of a dead animal in the wild with its guts pouring out from the rotting body. It shocks one to see that reality when something good dies.
Sadly, the nation’s intelligence community is no better, just more subtle.
The death of the DOJ and FBI have been a long time coming. Years ago, I began writing on the pattern of lies, obfuscation, and dishonesty that both the DOJ and the FBI seemed to have incorporated into their operations with increasing frequency. From JFK, King, Ruby Ridge, Waco, the Atlanta Olympics, 9-11, the Anthrax case, Enron, political vendettas and spying, FISA lies, the Russia “pee” tape hoax, entrapping Carter Page and General Michael Fynn, surveilling and questioning protesting parents at School Board meetings – doesn’t scratch the surface of public wrongdoing and corruption uncovered. It gets only worse, never better.
Some cases may have started as simple incompetence or dropping the ball, even if the intent had merit. Regardless, lying under oath, manipulation, or destruction of evidence to make a case or gain a conviction seems to have become a common process. (This downhill slide also spills over into state and local courts.)
Like him or hate him, and whatever his flaws, former President Trump was elected as president in 2016. Before he took office, a deliberate, elaborate plan had already unfolded to doom his presidency. It was a real coup, not an imagined one.
Interestingly, lest we forget, every time President Trump made a claim, such as “they are spying on my campaign,” he turned out to be correct. Both the DOJ and FBI have been caught red-handed, turning the prosecution of Donald Trump into a charade of lies and false testimony under oath. The Director of the FBI, the CIA, and the Attorney General have all lied in public and before Congress without repercussions.
At every turn, the nation heard incessantly that President Trump was “one step” away from arrest. For what? Just about every imaginable crime. And yet, six years later, no crimes have been alleged in court. No indictments have been forthcoming. The January 6th committee, a conglomeration of nitwits breaking House rules even to convene, has been relegated to Soviet-style show trials without even rebuttal witnesses or defense. Even when the Secret Service states something didn’t happen, the J6 committee continues to claim it did.
Then there was last night.
Like a third-world hell-hole, armed FBI agents showed up at the Florida home of the former president, at his Mar-a-Largo resort. Several in addition to the Secret Service had the much assailed and hated “assault weapons” hung from their torsos, awaiting – what? A frontal attack by the front-desk staff? Armed cooks? This was a political show-and-tell. The once-vaunted FBI has fallen to the Cuban-Maoist model of taking your political opponents to the public square, where everyone can see what you do with those who dare oppose the tyrants in power.
What a disgrace.
According to multiple sources, President Trump has been accommodating to the ostensible reason for the raid, his possession of presidential documents that may or may not be classified and which may or may not fall under the Presidential Records Act. So, why not call his lawyer?
The law, created after the Nixon presidency, has been a point of contention for virtually every president since. It’s unclear what papers the former president has at Mar-a-Largo, but Mr. Trump stated last night that they drilled into his private safe in their search.
In prior administrations, papers or items that should have been turned over to the National Archives or the General Services Administration have had their return negotiated with the responsible agency. Former President Clinton and his wife, as an example, left the White House with nearly $30,000 in furniture that should have gone to the GSA since they were gifts to the United States, not the Clinton’s. (Mrs. Clinton famously deleted 33,000 emails, destroyed the computer, lied about it, and was still not charged with a crime.) Other presidents have kept documents for their post-presidential books.
As a law-and-order proponent, your humble writer advocates for the police and law enforcement in general. Now I find myself more convinced – and more grieved – than ever that the corruption of both the Attorney General, the DOJ, the FBI, and the intelligence agencies constitute a clear and present danger to the Republic. Like so much of our government, including the intelligence community, the DOJ and the FBI are beyond reform. They must be rebuilt from the ground up.
We cannot have rouge, uncontrolled and armed agents from any agency threatening the public, the Republic, and ignoring the Constitution of the United States. We are on the ragged edge of tyranny. These agencies and the Socialist Democratic Party in the White House and Congress have proven that they are unfit for power. Frankly, if they win even 10% of the House seats in the mid-terms, it will be a travesty.
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