My good friend Ed called me to ask if all was OK. His call was prompted by not seeing any post by me on the incident involving the FBI agent who left his sniper rifle and an assault weapon in his vehicle. He thought that was a gift that I could not refuse.
I suppose you can form your own opinion on the training and sense of responsibility of an FBI agent who could do such a bone headed act as that. As usual we’ll find out little about it since the local chief being intimidated by the FBI will refuse to tell us simple things as to whether this genius agent left the guns loaded. And, what is the purpose of having an agent driving around with a sniper rifle of all things.
Anyone who has read my book Don’t Embarrass The Enemy will understand my frustration with the FBI, in sum, it has a good group of agents but they are laboring in an organization that still operates as if the American people are its enemy. I’ve noted how they refuse to record any interviews and how in the case of Todashev they killed him and refuse to tell us why. Had they recorded his statements we would have some certainty as to his implication of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the Waltham triple homicides. I sometimes think we are little removed from the horror days in Argentina when the state security forces would make people disappear. Sniper rifles and unexplained killings are omens of a not so nice future.
Speaking of sniper rifles and considering the date, it behooves me to remind you that tomorrow is the Marine Corps Birthday, and to note how well the Marines trains its snipers as demonstrated by Lee Harvey Oswald.
As tempting as it is, I’d rather not discuss the stolen rifles but two other incidents that I related to the FBI in the last couple of days: One involving a man who received the Congressional Medal of Honor; and the other CBS News.
CBS news had a report last week on the Benghazi Attack. It presented a man, Dylan Davies, who alleged he was present during the attack on our embassy, the mysterious matter that some wish would go away but it won’t as long as people like my cousin Jimmy are around. The report was somewhat critical of the Obama administration.
It turns out Davies may not have been present at the attack. When he was interviewed after the attack, he told both his employer and the FBI that he didn’t leave his home compound so he didn’t witness it. Prior to using him in its report, CBS tried to check with the FBI to verify his story but was unable to do this apparently the matter being “under investigation.” Once the critical report on Obama came out, the FBI then provided its report to the Administration in order to let it counteract the criticism.
So much for having a non political police force. The FBI apparently is comfortable hiding things unless it serves the purpose of the party in power in the executive suite. Brings back memories of its involvement for LBJ during the Chicago convention.
Surely CBS erred if Davies was not there; but it seems to me something is wrong when things are concealed under the mantra “under investigation” unless it serves a political end. Sadly, the FBI’s history is replete with such examples.
Captain William Swenson received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Obama on October 15, 2013. General David Petraeus recommended that he not receive it and the papers concerning his reward seemed to have had a rough time (4 years) moving through the Army administration, which I suggest shows it operates in a similar fashion as the FBI.
Captain Swenson had this to say, which I believe goes in spades for the FBI:
“An institution can’t heal itself unless it can identify what its weaknesses are, and its weaknesses in this case is an individual, The investigation failed to meet the standard of a military investigation in which individuals are identified. Behind every single institutional failure, there’s a name.”
Even though it is long past for the FBI to take a close look at itself and improve, I despair of either the FBI or Army getting over the need to hide things and avoid embarrassment. With the FBI hiding things is so endemic that no agent who served in it will deny that no offense is worse than washing its dirty laundry in public. Its disease has spread to the Army. In Swenson’s case the Army wanted to hide that he spent 7 hours asking for help that never came. And, we all know of the case of Pat Tillman. There are some who suggest that this malady has already infected the Administration and will point to Benghazi as exhibit number one.
Happy Birthday all you Leathernecks!