We are increasingly seeing whistleblowers, investigators and commentators telling it like it really is, as far as the “deep state” or the national security state is concerned. Even the Rush Limbaughs on conservative talk radio have been willing to point out the lies, incompetence of the bureaucrats.
The talk radio crowd are this close to actually questioning the legitimacy of the national security state and the so-called “intelligence” community, which is turning out to be not so intelligent, and extremely corrupt, quite frankly. Their counterparts in the Pentacon and military are not exactly the cream of the crop as well.
For example, law professor Jonathan Turley presented this extensive, scathing case against former FBI director James Comey in an opinion piece in The Hill. Turley emphasized the memo Comey wrote after a private meeting with Donald Trump in February, the memo that Comey had another law professor leak to the New York Times. That was the memo in which Comey accused Donald Trump of asking him to end the investigation of former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
… FBI agents routinely write such memos in investigations. They are called 302s to memorialize field interviews or fact acquisitions. They are treated as FBI information.
The Justice Department routinely claims such memos as privileged and covered by the deliberative process privilege and other privileges. Indeed, if this information were sought under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) it would likely have been denied. Among other things, the Justice Department and FBI routinely claim privilege “inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters which would not be available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with the agency.”
Besides being subject to nondisclosure agreements, Comey falls under federal laws governing the disclosure of classified and unclassified information. Assuming that the memos were not classified (though it seems odd that it would not be classified even on the confidential level), there is 18 U.S.C. § 641, which makes it a crime to steal, sell, or convey “any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof.”
There are also ethical and departmental rules against the use of material to damage a former represented person or individual or firm related to prior representation. The FBI website warns employees that “dissemination of FBI information is made strictly in accordance with provisions of the Privacy Act; Title 5, United States Code, Section 552a; FBI policy and procedures regarding discretionary release of information in accordance with the Privacy Act; and other applicable federal orders and directives.”
One such regulation is § 2635.703, on the use of nonpublic information, which states, “An employee shall not engage in a financial transaction using nonpublic information, nor allow the improper use of nonpublic information to further his own private interest or that of another, whether through advice or recommendation, or by knowing unauthorized disclosure.” While this provision covers current employees and would not likely to be applied to Comey on these facts, FBI forms and rules barring such use of FBI information extend to former employees…
The standard FBI employment agreement bars the unauthorized disclosure of information “contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI” that impact the bureau and specifically pledges that “I will not reveal, by any means, any information or material from or related to FBI files or any other information acquired by virtue of my official employment to any unauthorized recipient without prior official written authorization by the FBI.”
So who knows what was going through James Comey’s head when he felt compelled to have his law professor friend leak the memo. He’s clearly incompetent. And now we have Trump appointing Comey’s former FBI colleague and friend Robert Mueller to be the new “special counsel,” sometimes known as “independent counsel.”
Absent the independence, of course, because Mueller will not be objective if this is a “Trump vs. Comey”-based investigation.
Actually, the FBI should really just be abolished. They are useless, along with the CIA, NSA, etc. I wish the conservative talk radio crowd could ever understand that.
The FBI is the government bureaucracy that kept Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen under surveillance, but apparently weren’t able to prevent his shooting 49 innocent people. Meanwhile, they are good at spying on, infiltrating and cracking down on groups like Occupy Wall Street, telling teachers to rat on “anti-government” students, cracking down on dissenters and journalists who cover the FBI’s corruption and ineptness, and so on.
And this is the same bureaucracy that creates its own “homegrown terrorists” to thwart their plots (See The FBI again thwarts its own terror plot, 9/29/2011 by Glenn Greenwald, FBI: Bureau of Frame-ups, bullying, and intimidation, 10/23/10 by William Grigg, Fake terror plots, paid informants: the tactics of FBI entrapment questioned, 11/16/11 by Paul Harris, The Informants, 2011 by Trevor Aaronson who also wrote a book about the FBI’s manufactured war on terrorism, and The ex-FBI informant with a change of heart: “There is no real hunt. It’s fixed.” 3/20/2012 by Paul Harris.).
Comey and other national security heads or former heads have testified that even though they have no evidence, they still believe that Russians or the Russian government interfered with the recent election. Why do they still believe this? I find it hard to believe that they believe that, given that they know about the kinds of cyber tools that CIA and others have to intrude into computers or networks and leave the “fingerprints” of others, such as Russian fingerprints, as former CIA agent Ray McGovern wrote just recently:
However carefully Megyn Kelly and her NBC colleagues peruse The New York Times, they might well not know WikiLeaks’ disclosure on March 31 of original CIA documents showing that the agency had created a program allowing it to break into computers and servers and make it look like others did it by leaving telltale signs (like Cyrillic markings, for example).
The capabilities shown in what WikiLeaks calls the “Vault 7” trove of CIA documents required the creation of hundreds of millions of lines of source code. At $25 per line of code, that amounts to about $2.5 billion for each 100 million code lines. But the Deep State has that kind of money and would probably consider the expenditure a good return on investment for “proving” the Russians hacked into Democratic Party emails.
In other words, it is altogether possible that the hacking attributed to Russia was actually one of several “active measures” undertaken by a cabal consisting of the CIA, FBI, NSA and Clapper – the same agencies responsible for the lame, evidence-free report of Jan. 6, that Clapper and Brennan acknowledged last month was not the consensus view of the 17 intelligence agencies.
This article on Zero Hedge explains the CIA’s cyber tool more thoroughly.
You see, the American people will believe what the government and its sycophantic media stenographers tell them, that “Russians hacked the election” because the government and the media tell us that repeatedly. The American people by and large will assume that the CIA, FBI, NSA, Pentacon, etc. are “good” and “honest.” Would some spooks in or ass0ciated with the CIA or NSA hack or leak emails from the DNC to embarrass a candidate they don’t want to win an election? And to cover their tracks use software they have available to leave “Russian fingerprints” such as spoofed IP addresses, etc.?
The truth is, government bureaucrats are involved in criminality and corrupt shenanigans far more than those in the private sector, such as when the 9/11 Commission deliberately omitted testimony regarding FBI prior knowledge of 9/11, and the Pentacon’s deleted files related to the Osama bin Laden so-called raid.
Meanwhile, the conservatives, nationalists, and exceptionalists of the talk radio crowd are constantly obsessed with “Muslims” who “want to kill us,” because “they hate us for our freedoms,” etc, like a brainwashed mantra. I’ve already mentioned recently that the main problem is not Muslims and Islamic extremists, but it is our hegemonic, interventionist and incompetent bureaucrats in the military/security area who have been invading, occupying, destroying other countries, and bombing and murdering foreigners especially in the Middle East for decades.
But I think a problem regarding the conservatives’ cognitive dissonance is their inability to either recognize or acknowledge the inherently evil and immoral nature of centralized government, especially its “protection” services, which are communistic in nature. They also seem to have this thing with worshiping the national security state and all those agencies of the FedGov and especially the military. They can’t overcome that. Some people blindly love and worship all things military, regardless of the murderous criminality.
Besides the CIA drone strikes in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere that are mainly killing innocent civilians, the military has also been acting murderously and immorally, such as when a U.S. military convoy recently was bombed and troops then responded by just shooting indiscriminately and murdering some more innocent people.
But what the hell are U.S. government and military personnel doing in Afghanistan? They don’t belong there! And they don’t belong in Iraq, Yemen, and all those other damn places!
And regarding the kinds of people the military-worshipers worship, I wrote in a 2010 article,
the character of many who join the military … groups such as the “Thrill Kill” unit in Afghanistan, in which a young soldier had testified that members of his unit had committed acts of murder for the “thrill” of it. Incidents of sexual assault against female soldiers have been on the increase, and we have an increase in crimes by and mental illness of soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. Because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that President George W. Bush started, the military has been stretched and had by 2006 lowered its standards, including accepting recruits with criminal backgrounds.
Today’s conservatives especially some of them on talk radio constantly preach about morality vs. evil and the “right to life,” yet they support the U.S. government’s aggressions, invasions and occupations, bombings and murders of whole populations of innocents.
(See Jacob Hornberger’s recent posts, Why should CIA murderers be protected by secrecy? and Assassination is murder, even when the CIA does it.)
It isn’t just the conservatives, but perhaps most Americans are brainwashed by government-controlled schooling to worship the State and its hired guns. Most people seem to defend the U.S. government targeting and killing innocents abroad, but cry foul! when foreigners kill our people. And that is why I have referred to those conservatives and talk radio preachers as moral relativists.
For some reason, the moral relativists on both the left and right see “war” as being different. War excuses criminality. War excuses murder, in their minds. They have the “We’re at War!” mentality, as Glenn Greenwald wrote in 2011.
But, as Thomas Knapp put in in a recent article,
Of course, we’re frequently and piously informed that innocent civilians killed by US or US-allied forces are accidental “collateral damage” or even “human shields.” The US Department of Defense always thoroughly investigates such killings and always ends up absolving US troops of responsibility. It’s only a crime to kill noncombatants if “the enemy” can be blamed for the killing, and – mirabile dictu! – that always turns out to be the case.
But in reality, when you pull a trigger and send a round of any kind downrange, you are responsible for where it lands and who it kills. Until and unless US forces accept that military responsibility, it’s our civic responsibility to treat them as the war criminals they are.