Tag Archives: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Yes, the FBI is America’s secret police

Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“According to Politifact, the FBI is not a ‘secret police agency’ because ‘the FBI is run by laws, not by whim.’ But we learned five years ago that the FBI explicitly teaches its agents that ‘the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law to impinge on the freedom of others.’ No FBI official was fired or punished when that factoid leaked out because this has been the Bureau’s tacit code for eons. Similarly, an FBI academy ethics course taught new agents that subjects of FBI investigations have ‘forfeited their right to the truth.’ Are liberals so anxious to get Trump that they have swept under the rug the 2015 Washington Post bombshell about false FBI trial testimony that may have sentenced 32 innocent people to death? Politifact absolved the bureau because ‘The FBI doesn’t torture or carry out extrajudicial executions.’ Tell that to the Branch Davidians — 80 of whom died after the FBI assaulted their ramshackle home with tanks and pyrotechnic devices and collapsed much of the building on their heads even before fires burst out.” (12/11/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/12/11/hill-yes-fbi-america-secret-police/

Should the FBI be abolished?

Source: The American Spectator
by Steve Baldwin

“The FBI was started in 1935, although its predecessor — the Bureau of Investigation — was founded in 1908. In the early 1900s, crime was becoming more nationalized with multi-state mob crime families and the creation of large prostitution smuggling rings that crossed state lines. As a result, advocates of a federalized police force argued that a federal law enforcement agency was necessary in order to keep up with the criminals. The main argument was that the local police forces didn’t have the resources or the flexibility to investigate complex criminal cases or to chase mobsters from state to state. But note that the FBI did not come into existence until 132 years after the country declared its independence. This was because the founders never envisioned a federal role for law enforcement. It is not one of the ‘enumerated’ duties of the federal government listed in the constitution. There were reasons for that.” (11/20/17)

https://spectator.org/should-the-fbi-be-abolished/

OR: FBI agents raid HQ of major body broker

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Federal agents have seized records from a national company that solicits thousands of Americans to donate their bodies to science each year, then profits by dissecting the parts and distributing them for use by researchers and educators. The search warrant executed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at MedCure Inc headquarters here on November 1 is sealed, and the bureau and the company declined to comment on the nature of the FBI investigation. But people familiar with the matter said the inquiry concerns the manner in which MedCure distributes body parts acquired from its donors. MedCure is among the largest brokers of cadavers and body parts in the United States.” (11/07/17)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-5059597/FBI-agents-raid-headquarters-major-U-S-body-broker.html

Early Comey draft admits Clinton violated 18 USC § 793

Source: The Hill

“An early draft of former FBI Director James Comey’s statement closing out the Hillary Clinton email case accused the former secretary of State of having been ‘grossly negligent’ in handling classified information, newly reported memos to Congress show. The tough language was changed to the much softer accusation that Clinton had been ‘extremely careless’ in her handling of classified information when Comey announced in July 2016 there would be no charges against her. The change is significant, since federal law states that gross negligence in handling the nation’s intelligence can be punished criminally with prison time or fines. Spokesmen for the FBI and Clinton did not immediately return phone calls or emails seeking comment.” (11/06/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/358982-early-comey-memo-accused-clinton-of-gross-negligence-on-emails

JFK file: FBI monitored MLK’s sex life

Source: Newsweek

“The Trump administration released an FBI document containing allegations about the sexual misconduct of Martin Luther King as part of its declassification of information relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The 1968 document alleges financial improprieties by King’s civil rights organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, attempts to tie King to communist organizations and details a series of claims about King’s multiple alleged affairs. It is not clear if any of the information in the dossier was verified. … A section of the document entitled ‘King’s Personal Conduct’ contains a series of claims about King’s extramarital affairs, including a relationship with folk singer Joan Baez.” (11/04/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/declassified-jfk-file-details-fbi-sex-smears-about-martin-luther-king-701996

Trump calls Comey’s treatment of Clinton email probe “obviously a fix,” calls for Justice Department to investigate

Source: Business Insider

“President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning saying the 2016 probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for her work as Secretary of State was ‘obviously a fix.’ … In a second post, Trump claimed that many people were not interviewed before Comey’s draft. He said the investigation was ‘obviously a fix’ and called on the Justice Department to investigate. On Monday, the FBI released a heavily redacted version of the letter Comey drafted before interviewing Clinton and other key witnesses in the 2016 probe, confirming earlier reports.” (10/18/17)

http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-comeys-clinton-email-probe-a-fix-justice-department-to-investigate-2017-10

FBI releases early draft of Comey’s Clinton statement

Source: CNN

“The FBI posted a document Monday that suggests former FBI Director James Comey began drafting what became his infamous July 2016 statement about Hillary Clinton’s private server months ahead of time, releasing a heavily redacted copy of the exchange. The bureau posted the document to its ‘Vault’ Freedom of Information Act reading room, titled ‘Drafts of Director Comey’s July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation Part 01 of 01.’ The five-page document included a list of nearly 50 deleted pages and a mostly redacted email chain titled ‘Midyear Exam.'” (10/16/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/16/politics/comey-draft-clinton-statement/index.html

US Justice Department won’t let FBI officials speak to Senate panel

Source: Bloomberg

“The Justice Department says it will not permit two FBI officials close to fired director James Comey to appear privately before a congressional committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Senate Judiciary Committee had asked in July to interview the two officials, Jim Rybicki and Carl Ghattas, and then agreed to narrow the scope of questioning after the Justice Department initially declined to make the men available. But in a letter this week obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department said it would still not permit the officials to be questioned in order to ‘protect the integrity’ of the investigation being done by special counsel Robert Mueller.” (09/13/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-13/justice-won-t-allow-fbi-officials-to-speak-to-senate-panel

WikiLeaks Vault 7: The CIA built a fake software update system to spy on intel partners

The Verge

Source: The Verge

“Anyone relying on the CIA for tech support got a nasty surprise this morning, as documents published by Wikileaks revealed a secret project to siphon out data through its technical liaison service, dating back to 2009. The program, called ExpressLane, is designed to be deployed alongside a biometric collection system that the CIA provides to partner agencies. In theory, those partners are agreeing to provide the CIA with access to specific biometric data — but on the off-chance those partners are holding out on them, ExpressLane gives the agency a way to take it without anyone knowing. … WikiLeaks claims the program was primarily used against US agencies like the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, although the targets are far less clear from the documents themselves.” (08/24/17)

https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/24/16197694/cia-fake-software-update-hacking-wikileaks-vault-7

Mueller’s Deflategate II production loses top FBI investigator

Source: ABC News

“One of the FBI’s top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election, has left Mueller’s team, sources tell ABC News. The recent departure of FBI veteran Peter Strzok is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that by all public accounts is charging full-steam ahead. … It’s unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller’s team of nearly two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staff. Strzok, who has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases and has been unanimously praised by government officials who spoke with ABC News, is now working for the FBI’s human resources division.” (08/16/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/special-counsels-russia-probe-loses-top-fbi-investigator/story?id=49249486