Last month, after the highly political FBI raid on former President Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, I asked ‘‘Can We Trust the FBI?’
And I asked that as a lifelong conservative, patriot, Marine Corps officer who worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and as a decades-long private security and military contractor who still ‘Backs the Blue.’
In that piece I noted numerous significant mistakes and egregious errors the Bureau has made over recent years. Mistakes that have shaken the FBI’s credibility.
I also noted that the only way to regain the people’s trust was for the leadership on the 7th floor to admit its mistakes, and pledge to correct them.
But after the most recent politicized FBI SWAT-style raid against a Catholic pro-life activist last Friday, we are now well past FBI ‘mistakes,’ and leadership failing to admit their errors.
We are now at a place to ask not only ‘can we trust the FBI,’ but should we consider dismantling it altogether.
That is the recommendation of several experts and commentators.
One writer is especially frank in his assessment. Charles C.W. Cooke says in National Review:
In the heart of its capital city, the United States now has a bureau that intervenes with impunity in our ideological and partisan disputes; that has developed a massive, statutorily unwarranted intelligence-collection wing; and that has never managed to escape the paranoia and corruption of its execrable, tyrannical founder. Americans who are tired of it all ought to insist that it be dismantled wholesale, and that any replacement be approved only after a long, meaningful, sanctimony-free debate about the role of the government — and its enforcers — in our lives.
And I must admit, these arguments are sounding more reasonable to me every day.
This is especially valid now that several rank-and-file FBI agents have accused Team Biden of exaggerating the threat of White supremacists and pressuring agents to fabricate domestic terrorist cases involving so-called racist extremists.
This is something I have been arguing for quite some time.
Frighteningly, the FBI’s 2022 budget has the largest funding increase request for combatting “domestic terrorism,” (read: conservatives, Christians, pro-lifers, gun owners, and Trump supporters) which includes adding many more agents and informants.
We need to stop this monster before it grows even bigger.
The Daily Wire reports:
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) says at least 14 whistleblowers have contacted his office to complain about how partisan politics has infected the bureau and turned it against conservative Americans. Allegations include silencing investigations of Hunter Biden’s damning laptop, manipulating crime statistics, and spying on law-abiding Americans. Recently, one whistleblower, Steve Friend, alleged that the bureau is under orders to inflate the number of domestic terrorism cases. Friend was suspended after his name was leaked to a media outlet.
Friend also reported to the Office of Special Counsel that he “believes the bureau and Justice Department are violating the constitutional rights of Jan. 6 defendants, falsifying statistics on domestic extremism and misusing SWAT teams to make misdemeanor arrests,” according to a copy of the complaint, reported Just the News.
According to Just the News, Friend added that “one of his many concerns is that the FBI is using SWAT teams to arrest Jan. 6 defendants facing misdemeanor charges, violating the bureau’s Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide and creating a potentially unsafe encounter.”
In his whistleblower complaint, Friend wrote:
I responded that it was inappropriate to use an FBI SWAT team to arrest a subject for misdemeanor offenses. I suggested alternatives such as the issuance of a court summons or utilizing surveillance groups to determine an optimal, safe time for a local sheriff deputy to contact the subjects and advise them about the existence of the arrest warrant.
One FBI former agent and whistleblower says the FBI counterterrorism investigations targeting suspected White supremacists and right-wing extremists are mostly “entrapment” operations.
The same former agent, Kyle Seraphin, blew the whistle last November, after Attorney General Merrick Garland in testimony to lawmakers denied that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was targeting education-activist parents with law enforcement tools reserved for terrorists.
According to The Daily Wire, Serpahin provided an FBI email to his congressman that he said relayed Garland’s orders to use Patriot Act counterterrorism tools to target parents at school board meetings through a tag called “EDUOFFICIALS.”
The scandal blew up when it was revealed that the DOJ issued the orders after coordinating with the White House and the National School Boards Association to vilify as “domestic terrorists” parents who objected to the teaching of radical gender and race theories. The school board association later apologized as dozens of state members left in protest.
So, how could the Bureau be dismantled?
One writer described breaking up the FBI this way:
A radical, impactful, but also politically workable solution is to instead break up the FBI into many smaller components—at least one-dozen separate agencies. These smaller components would have less power and prestige, and allow Congress greater oversight over the specific results and actions at each newly independent organization. Further, Congress would have far greater ability to tweak funding for these separate smaller agencies based on results, and the priorities of the American people.
Most important, splitting the FBI into smaller and more focused organizations would allow the White House—the president, elected by the people—direct control over the goings-on of each individual agency. This is more desirable because politicians are answerable to the people, while the bureaucracy is not. The smaller agencies would also carry far less weight and prestige than the former behemoth that was the FBI, which limits their ability—even that of the standalone counterterror or counterintel agencies—to intervene in domestic politics.
So, my answer to the question of whether we should dismantle the FBI is yes.
It is time to consider this more radical solution to the existential problem of a highly politicized and weaponized national police force in America.