Yet the agency has acquitted itself poorly. It does not deserve our respect, nor does it merit loyalty from anyone who cares about governmental integrity.
FBI could stand for Forgotten Buffoons and Ingrates, if their behavior were not so mean, destructive, and out-of-control.
His battle with the security state promises to be hard fought. His battle with mainstream media does not even rise to the level of entertainment anymore. The contest is too unbalanced.
People do not trust mainstream outlets for a good reason: too often they cooperate with state security. They do not deserve our trust.
Strzok’s defense, that he never let his political opinions affect his job performance, is practically irrelevant when you consider Lisa Page’s position in the bureau, and her position as Strzok’s paramour.
The FBI values its independence: that is, it does not want to operate under anyone’s authority, including the president’s, the attorney general’s, and certainly not under any supervision from the judiciary. It answers only to itself, and that is exactly what insiders want. What do the rest of us want? It does not matter.
Government secrecy propagates pervasive falsehood and deceit. Secrecy removes respect for all those who practice it.
Congratulations to Cliven Bundy, released from prison on January 8. Feds imprisoned you for a long time. Now a federal …
The pretense of legality founded on secrecy – where we accept secrecy as a condition of security, then illogically liken security with rule of law – can’t continue. We already have no respect for institutions that claim to protect us.
Meantime, given the taxes the feds collect, we ought to expect more interesting entertainment from them. When you pay $150 to see a Broadway show, they try to give you your money’s worth. We ought to hold the feds to a higher standard.
Thus they will be shocked, shocked again when they see Trump stand up to accuse the FBI and other intelligence agencies of all kinds of nefarious activities, including leaks that brought down one of his top advisors. In the whirlwind of Trump’s anti-democratic moves and rhetoric, however, we ought to be alert to the times he throws off a few truthful sparks.
Putin has to be smiling now, because when you have Donald Trump on your side, you are going places. I wonder if Putin thinks he’ll be able to domesticate The Donald after he’s in the White House? Which alpha will rule? Even more importantly, what nickname will Trump choose for his buddy Vlad? I hope Trump likes vodka, and Putin likes Manhattans.