The FBI: America’s Out Of Control Monster

J Edgar HooverHere’s one of the things I’ve been preaching about. The FBI is out of control. Supposedly under the control of the Department of Justice (DOJ) it just routinely does what it wants to do. The FBI was created to be an investigative agency that is one that investigated criminal activity. It has turned itself into a police agency making SWAT team arrests and providing armed security. No one supervises it. This is bad for our country.

I’ve gone on about the lamentable Top Echelon Informant (TEI) program which created the Whitey Bulger myth and the demonizing of FBI Agent John Connolly still incarcerated in Florida even though an Appeals Court threw out his conviction. The TEI still continues today. To cut to the chase it makes the FBI into gangsters and gangsters into federal agents. A slight peek into its operation shows it has littered the streets of America with murdered bodies.

I’ve criticized about the way the FBI makes its agents into little robots depriving its good agents of the ability to be creative and think outside the box; rewarding those who most resemble bean counters and brown noses. Yet one thing I avoided criticizing was its technical laboratories. We’ve been told they are the best in the world. It turns out that was another propaganda pitch covering up its immense failings.

It was old news that the FBI had trouble in its labs. The cited article noted: “Revelations that the government’s largest post-conviction review of forensic evidence has found widespread problems counter earlier FBI claims that a single rogue examiner was at fault.”

Does that sound familiar? The one single rogue agent causing all the problems. It should if you’ve read this blog. It is exactly what was done with John Connolly who far from being a rogue was doing what the FBI told him to do. Yes, never forget, Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi, Connolly’s TEIs, were approved by FBI headquarters and each special agent in charge who ran the Boston office. When it came out that the FBI had for years protected those two top criminals it cleverly covered its evil with the “single rogue agent” theory that was sold magnificently in the Boston media.

It’s not that smoke and mirror FBI trick that frosts me this time. It’s that the FBI seeing how inept and deficient its work had been decided to stop a review of it. It is noted: “Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said. The findings troubled the bureau, and it stopped the review of convictions last August.”

Let’s speak plainly, it decided to cover-up the problems rather than addressing them. It decided to let people rot in prison whom might have been wrongly convicted. How is that any different than the Deegan case? 

The review began again after an 11-month hiatus when the Justice Department’s inspector general excoriated the department and the FBI for unacceptable delays and inadequate investigation . . . “

The FBI said the delay was due to: “a vigorous debate that occurred within the FBI and DOJ about the appropriate scientific standards . . . .  

The DOJ meekly replied to the FBI’s bold lie: “The Department of Justice never signed off on the FBI’s decision to change the way they reviewed the hair analysis.” 

It took five years for the FBI to to reexamine 60 death-row convictions that were potentially tainted by agent misconduct during which three defendants were executed and a fourth died on death row. During the 11-month delay death-row inmate James Aren Duckett’s who challenged his 1988 conviction based on an FBI hair match had his appeal denied by Florida’s Supreme Court.

The FBI’s history of lies, delays and obstructions go on unobstructed. (Think of how long it took to know what happened in the Todashev case.) Inexplicably no one in the FBI is punished for this. The DOJ’s response to this utterly fraudulent FBI activity is not outrage; it is  “We are pleased that the review has resumed and that notification letters will be going out in the next few weeks.” (my emphasis)

While “the next few weeks” pass and the snail’s pace of correcting the errors (reviewing one case a  month if history is a guide) people who may be innocent will languish in prison. There are few things worse than to be innocent and imprisoned for life or facing death on false evidence provided by the FBI laboratory?

Can anyone doubt that in creating the FBI we made a monster that is out of control.

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  1. Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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    (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lawyer Jesse Trentadue seeks documents and videotapes from the FBI probe of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing — he believes the records will provide information about the death of his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, in a federal prison.
    Woman testifies of cameras that faced bombed OK federal building
    Courts » Utah attorney claims FBI did inadequate search for Oklahoma City bombing documents and videotapes

    Jesse Trentadue, a Salt Lake City attorney, is shown in his office with a picture of his brother, Kenneth. Kenneth Trentadue was found hanging from a noose made of torn bed sheets in a federal prison cell on Aug. 21, 1995. The death was ruled a suicide, but Jesse Trentadue believes his brother was killed after being mistaken for an Oklahoma City bombing conspirator. Tim Kelly
    (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lawyer Jesse Trentadue seeks documents and videotapes from the FBI probe of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing — he believes the records will provide information about the death of his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, in a federal prison.
    (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) On Monday, a three-day trial is scheduled to begin in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City on a lawsuit by lawyer Jesse Trentadue that seeks documents and videotapes from the FBI investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing — including one tape that he believes shows suspects exiting a Ryder truck parked in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the detonation of explosives in the vehicle. Trentadue believes the records will provide information about the death of his brother in a federal prison cell in Oklahoma City a few months after the April 19, 1995, attack. Trentadue was photographed in Salt Lake City, Saturday July 26, 2014.

    An Oklahoma City woman who lost her two young grandsons in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building testified Wednesday that her nearby apartment building had exterior surveillance camera facing the federal building.

    Jannie Coverdale also testified that an Oklahoma City police officer and an FBI agent came to her apartment building about six months after the bombing. The police officer told her the two were going to the fifth floor to review the surveillance tapes, she said.

    Coverdale is one of three witnesses testifying this week in Utah federal court via video conference from Oklahoma City in the lawsuit filed by Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue.

    Trentadue filed suit in 2008 against the FBI and the CIA, which since has been dropped as a defendant, claiming the agencies failed to locate and turn over all the materials he requested, including a videotape that he believes shows bomber Timothy McVeigh and another man exiting a Ryder truck in front of the Murrah building and the detonation of explosives.

    Trentadue is asking for an order allowing him to search for videotapes and documents at FBI locations, including field offices in Oklahoma City and Los Angeles, and requiring the bureau to produce the records he requested. He believes, from public documents he already has and news reports, Trentadue says.

    The FBI says it has no tape of the explosion and insists it has done a reasonable search for the videotapes and other materials. The agency says if Waddoups does conclude its searches were inadequate, he should allow the agency, rather than Trentadue, to conduct one or more additional searches.

    Trentadue believes the records will provide information about the death of his brother in a federal prison in Oklahoma City a few months after the April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people. The death of Kenneth Trentadue was ruled a suicide but his family believes he was mistaken for a bombing conspirator and killed in an interrogation that got out of hand. Federal officials deny the allegation.

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