Did the FBI screw the pooch this time? Julie Kelly says they did, but good.
Admitting during a very brief public statement Thursday afternoon that he authorized the raid on the former president’s home, Garland quickly changed the subject to angrily condemn the “unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors.” Garland promised he “would not stand by silently” if the alleged attacks continued.
In a press briefing on Wednesday, Wray described threats against law enforcement—threats to which he offered no proof—as “deplorable,” a word he surely did not use by accident.
The public is still supposed to believe, facts be damned, that the FBI is populated with fine men and women devoted to the Constitution and loyal to the rule of law. Whether it’s a pair of FBI lovebirds talking about an “insurance policy” to take down Trump or a top analyst warning Republican senators that any reporting on the content of Hunter Biden’s laptop is the result of a “foreign disinformation” campaign, the regime demands respect and fealty.
And don’t ask about the whereabouts of Hunter BIden’s laptop. Or the identity of the so-called January 6 pipe bomber. Or the number of FBI assets involved in the Capitol protest. Or why the FBI director needed to cut short a public hearing to take off on his taxpayer-paid jet for an extended weekend respite. Those questions do not require answers because the idea that the FBI is an accountable agency working in the best interests of the American people and not a secret police force devoted to imposing the will of an oligarchy is over—and that is precisely how the FBI wants it.
That might work for now, but it’s not sustainable. The most powerful law enforcement agency in the country, in the world, cannot continue to exist for much longer without some modicum of public trust.
It would be nice to think so, but I ain’t so sure myself. As I’ve said, our FBI problem is actually a Big Government problem; unless and until the larger issue is effectively dealt with, the smaller one can’t ever be. I’d dearly love to be proven wrong about that, but I ain’t gonna be. The example of the USSR would seem to confirm that, under authoritarian rule, “public trust” is of no real relevance to the ongoing survival of the State Security apparatus. Whether you call them the Cheka, the GPU, NKVD, or the KGB, they’ll keep on keepin’ on for exactly as long as the dictatorship they work for does. And by now it’s all too obvious that the FBI cares no more for maintaining public trust than any of those brutish horrorshows ever did.
Regardless, there is no happy ending for the FBI’s autobiographical “good story.” Either the commissars prevail at great expense to the safety and liberty of the nation or they are defeated. And the closing chapter is being written right now.
We can but hope. But if We The People truly do wish to rid ourselves of the monstrous FBI at long last, it’s going to take a lot more than just verbal condemnation and complaint to get it done.