Tag Archives: Federal Bureau of Investigation

FBI: Wrong turn could have sparked fire from gunmen at NSA gang’s lair

Source: New Hampshire Union Leader

“A wrong turn may have led three men to drive onto the campus of the U.S. National Security Agency near Washington on Wednesday, sparking a scare that drew gunfire from guards and sent three to the hospital, FBI officials said. The FBI said there was no link to terrorism in the incident. The motorists, who were not identified, drove to a gate of the secretive government agency in Fort Meade, Md., shortly before 7 a.m. EST. Guards fired on the vehicle after it violated NSA security rules, officials said.” (02/14/18)

http://www.unionleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20180214/NEWS07/180219602

FBI wants to tear down its headquarters — and rebuild at the same site

Source: Los Angeles Times

“After years of trying to move, the FBI wants to tear down its vast headquarters building and construct a new command post on the same site in downtown Washington. The bureau has worked for years to replace the 45-year-old concrete behemoth, which was named for FBI founder and longtime director J. Edgar Hoover. The building is beset by crumbling concrete, outdated infrastructure to accommodate digital technology and numerous security vulnerabilities. As part of the budget and infrastructure proposals it unveiled Monday, the White House said it will ask Congress for about $2.2 billion for a new FBI headquarters, adding to about $1.1 billion already budgeted for the project, according to Justice Department officials who outlined the Trump administration’s budget proposal.” (02/12/18)

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-fbi-wants-to-tear-down-its-headquarters-1518473659-htmlstory.html

Newly revealed FBI texts suggest Obama involvement in Clinton Servergate whitewash

Source: Fox News

“Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted ‘to know everything we’re doing.’ The message, from Page to Strzok, was among thousands of texts between the lovers reviewed by Fox News. The pair both worked at one point for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about prepping Comey because ‘potus wants to know everything we’re doing.’ According to a newly released Senate report, this text raises questions about Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation. … The newly uncovered texts reveal a bit more about the timing of the discovery of ‘hundreds of thousands’ of emails on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop, ultimately leading to Comey’s infamous letter to Congress just days before the 2016 presidential election.” (02/07/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/07/more-texts-between-strzok-and-page-uncovered-lead-to-more-questions.html

Liberal [sic] totalitarianism and the Trump diversion

Source: CounterPunch
by Ajamu Baraka

“Republicans now refer to this as ‘FBI-gate’ and Democrats counter by appealing to the dubious belief that the FBI is some kind of neutral political force populated by people of unreproachable character …. This new narrative of FBI integrity and neutrality is predicated on the assumption that most of the public has forgotten or is unaware of the notorious history of the FBI and its founder, J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover was a racist anti-Semite and fascist sympathizer. He shared his obsessive anti-communism and anti-Semitism with Heinrich Himmler, Hitler’s Gestapo chief, who Hoover corresponded with personally and kept on the FBI’s mailing list right up until the eve of the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. As the nation’s political police, the FBI has been at the center of domestic repression and political manipulation for decades.” (02/02/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/02/liberal-totalitarianism-and-the-trump-diversion/

Nunes memo released: FBI objections lacked credibility given bureau’s shady past

Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is once again at the center of a political scandal. President Trump claims the FISA court wrongfully approved secret spying on his 2016 presidential campaign, while prominent Democrats claim Republicans are guilty of treason if they release a memo alleging FISA abuses by the FBI, a move the president has now approved. Regardless of the merits of this particular clash, FISA has long been a disaster for Americans’ constitutional rights.” (02/02/18)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2018/02/02/usa-today-2/

FBI’s unsavory history casts shadow over debate about political meddling

Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Aren’t law enforcement agencies supposed to be above partisan squabbles? Not this year, as elected officials debate whether the FBI’s conduct in 2016’s hotly contested presidential election was spurred by legitimate concerns over foreign meddling, or by bureaucrats’ fears that the ‘wrong’ candidate might win the contest. But the feds brought this on themselves; they’ve never been above playing at politics. And many of the political players complaining the loudest about the FBI are all too happy to hand it the tools to continue the shenanigans.” (01/30/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2018/01/30/fbis-unsavory-history-casts-shadow-over

US DoJ probe eyes McCabe’s role in final weeks of 2016 election

Source: Washington Post

“The Justice Department’s inspector general has been focused for months on why Andrew McCabe, as the No. 2 official at the FBI, appeared not to act for about three weeks on a request to examine a batch of Hillary Clinton-related emails found in the latter stages of the 2016 election campaign, according to people familiar with the matter. The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, has been asking witnesses why FBI leadership seemed unwilling to move forward on the examination of emails found on the laptop of former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) until late October — about three weeks after first being alerted to the issue, according to these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter. A key question of the internal investigation is whether McCabe or anyone else at the FBI wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the Nov. 8 election, these people said. It is unclear whether the inspector general has reached any conclusions on that point.” (01/30/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/internal-justice-department-probe-eyes-mccabes-role-in-final-weeks-of-2016-election/2018/01/30/db2ea8f0-05c7-11e8-8777-2a059f168dd2_story.html

Golden boy Robert Mueller’s forgotten surveillance crime spree

Source: The Hill
by James Bovard

“When Robert Mueller was appointed last May as Special Counsel to investigate Trump, Politico Magazine gushed that ‘Mueller might just be America’s straightest arrow — a respected, nonpartisan and fiercely apolitical public servant whose only lifetime motivation has been the search for justice.’ Most of the subsequent press coverage has shown nary a doubt about Mueller’s purity. But, during his 11 years as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mueller’s agency routinely violated federal law and the Bill of Rights.” (01/29/18)

http://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/371206-golden-boy-robert-muellers-forgotten-surveillance-crime-spree

McCabe abruptly steps down as FBI’s deputy director

Source: CNN

“FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has told FBI staff he is stepping down effective Monday — a move that surprised even those expecting his March retirement, sources tell CNN. McCabe was a central target of President Donald Trump’s ire toward the FBI over its involvement in the investigation into potential collusion between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. He was eligible to retire in March, but with his accumulated leave, he was able to step down earlier. … Trump has kept nonstop pressure on McCabe ever since he became acting director in May, using the longtime law enforcement official as a punching bag — both publicly and privately — to vent his frustrations about the FBI” (01/29/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/29/politics/andrew-mccabe-fbi/index.html

Why trust the FBI?

Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“With serious questions being posed about the bureau’s activities during the 2016 election — about whether the bureau protected Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama in the matter of their habit of using off-the-books email communications to avoid ordinary oversight — the FBI has suddenly discovered months’ worth of communication between FBI counterintelligence specialist Peter Strzok and his paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. The two exchanged politically charged messages about Trump and the Clinton email investigation, and Strzok wrote darkly of developing an ‘insurance policy’ against Trump’s election, still regarded as highly unlikely at that time. The texts went missing, and then were recovered. Or some of them were recovered. All of them? Whose word would you take on that? And why would you take the FBI’s word?” (01/28/18)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455847/fbi-bias-trump-criticism-justified-sometimes