Sunday, October 30, 2016

- The News From Overseas

The Daily Mail isn't exactly the most reliable news source on the planet, but what is these days? And at least it gives you a window into what is actually going on in US politics, instead of being a constant drone of partisan bias. Here's what they're saying about the WeinerGate Email controversy:

'The atmosphere at the FBI has been toxic ever since Jim announced last July that he wouldn't recommend an indictment against Hillary,' said the source, a close friend who has known Comey for nearly two decades, shares family outings with him, and accompanies him to Catholic mass every week. Some people, including department heads, stopped talking to Jim, and even ignored his greetings when they passed him in the hall,' said the source. 'They felt that he betrayed them and brought disgrace on the bureau by letting Hillary off with a slap on the wrist.'

According to the source, Comey fretted over the problem for months and discussed it at great length with his wife, Patrice. He told his wife that he was depressed by the stack of resignation letters piling up on his desk from disaffected agents. The letters reminded him every day that morale in the FBI had hit rock bottom.

'He's been ignoring the resignation letters in the hope that he could find a way of remedying the situation,' said the source. 'When new emails that appeared to be related to Hillary's personal email server turned up in a computer used [her close aide] Huma Abedin and [Abedin's disgraced husband,] Anthony Weiner, Comey jumped at the excuse to reopen the investigation.

'The people he trusts the most have been the angriest at him,' the source continued. 'And that includes his wife, Pat. She kept urging him to admit that he had been wrong when he refused to press charges against the former secretary of state.

'He talks about the damage that he's done to himself and the institution [of the FBI], and how he's been shunned by the men and women who he admires and work for him. It's taken a tremendous toll on him. 'It shattered his ego. He looks like he's aged 10 years in the past four months.'

I don't know... this takes an awful lot of between the lines reading, and normal life is usually more obvious than this. But something about this rings true to me. My experience with the FBI is very limited, maybe others can comment (Muzz?). But from what I could tell firsthand is that the FBI seemed to be full of exactly the kind of 'true believers' in equality under the law that you would want it to be. I got the impression that they hold their role in law enforcement as being above petty politics, and Comey has done nothing this year but lower it. That's the kind of thing that I could see causing a minor insurrection and a dip in morale.

When you tell people you work for the IRS or the EPA, people will roll their eyes and make groaning noises. I don't think the FBI has ever been subject to that kind of treatment, but after Hillary was let off the hook, I'm sure they have been. And I don't think the people they've recruited are interested in being one more partisan 'enforcement bureau for the Democrats.

You don't find a lot of traitors in the military special forces. It requires too much dedication, and you need to be too committed to the principles for anything traitorous to take hold in your mind. I always thought the FBI was the same only in the law enforcement space. Sure a local cop may be buyable, and the Narcs will plant an 8 ball, but the FBI always seemed better than that. The current DOJ want to undo equality before the law, but pressure from the bottom can change things just as effectively as pressure from the top.

3 comments:

Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

Tom,

Your old "friend" Corzine gets a mention in the latest Wikileaks coverage:

"Bill Clinton was initially paid $2 million by Teneo, according to “Man of the World,” a book written with the former president’s participation by author Joe Conason.

But Chelsea Clinton grew concerned when news leaked in late 2011 that MF Global, the hedge fund owned by former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, had been paying the Clinton-tied firm $125,000 a month just before MF Global went bankrupt."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-bill-clinton-inc-hacked-memo-reveals-intersection-of-charity-and-personal-income/2016/10/26/3bf84bba-9b92-11e6-b3c9-f662adaa0048_story.html

Tom said...

Corrine... hey that guy still owes me money. (And a lot of other MFGlobal customers).

Muzzlethemuz said...

Thanks for the nod, Tom.
I did the bulk of my service in a small agency that, in common with many federal agencies, contained an "OPR" - Office of Professional Responsibility. OPR's are staffed by 1811's (OPM criminal investigator series) and the 1811's had two jobs in my agency: 1. to investigate serious, complex criminal activity impacting our agency, jurisdictional holdings, people and property and 2. To investigate our agency's own people, LEO's and other agents when charges of improprieties, crimes or serious ethical violations occurred.
This would have worked out fantastically had OPR worked as it was supposed to but to get into OPR and become an 1811, in this particular agency, you generally had to commit a serious ethical violation i.e. kiss the ASAC's (Area Special Agent in Charge) ass, if you ever wanted to ascend to the ~100K salary, cool perks, AUO (administratively uncontrollable overtime) pay, trick unmarked rigs, etc. Depending on which regional sector one fell into, some OPR units were/are viewed as honest brokers, others were/are viewed as vendetta squads utilized by regional or Washington brass to ferret out undesirables. I think there is veracity to both of these outlooks.
If OPR failed to do its job the next level up is the IG's (Inspector General's) office. IG's are independent and have their own investigators that come out of the Department level, rather than the subordinate Bureaus, and I am sad to say that in my agency, over the course of being partial to several insane occurrences and subsequent investigations, my bureau's IG was of limited utility.
If OPR and and the IG could not bring justice to the cause and if the issue were serious enough, the FBI could be called in.
It is my impression, having worked with and trained under the FBI, that the organization is generally above board. It's members are often complete squares and though commonly referred to as (Famous but Incompetent) within several competing federal agencies, I think the FBI does a good job and they are one of the last bastions of people in the civilian government who are trying to do the right thing.
I am very sorry to hear the story you related from a few posts ago of the friend or acquaintance who was framed by a narc unit of the NYPD. It truly churns my stomach to hear that. In my time I never saw such a thing happen or could conceive of such a thing happening in any of the units I worked in or with. I am one of the guys who spent hours, after mistakenly confiscating someone's personal property in the course of an investigation, would package it up, send a letter of regret & send their stuff back to them. That happens regularly and it was always important to me to let the citizenry know that there are human beings behind the badge who are not immune to the concerns and fears held by civilians towards LE. While trying to protect my anonymity I should state that I worked for a very small agency where things like that were possible. In larger agencies that rarely happens.
My gut tells me there are FBI agents who would love to participate in this blog and share the thoughts and concerns on display here. I have no doubt that Hillary's behavior and conduct has agents in that agency squirming. H is "roll'n dirty" and she is clearly being protected from proper disclosure and followup by her position in the political establishment, enabled by a Leftist worldview that seems determined to impose itself on our nation.
It is because of this, as I often write in here, I am conflicted as to what will happen in the case of a Hillary win. The last several months of BLM, indictment dodging, vilification of the police and continued unraveling of societal norms and behavior has the majority of us, I think, active and retired, military and civil, writhing in disgust. How far this can go before something or someone snaps, I have no idea.