An astonishing admission was made by the FBI this week. That it passed so unnoticed is equally amazing. In sum, the FBI told us that it reserves for itself what facts it will tell the American people about an investigation it is conducting. It does not feel bound by the truth but by its determination as to what the American people can handle.
The revelation is pushed to the almost unbelievable level when we understand the FBI is willing to manipulate the facts involving the murder of 49 people; the worst mass execution by one gunman in our nation’s history. Why it is so astonishing is because it gives credence to all those people who we think of as “crazy conspiracy theorists.”
The first thought that comes to mind is its investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. J. Edgar Hoover its director with his well-known hatred of JFK on the day of the assassination settled on Lee Harvey Oswald as the one who did the murder. and worked with Attorney General Katzenbach by the time of JFK’s funeral to put to rest in public’s mind any idea of others working with him. It simply would withhold any evidence of that as it did planned to do in the Omar Mateen case..
I’ve pointed out how frightened Congress is of the FBI. The other day NC reminded us how it refused to appear before Congress to answer questions about the Boston Marathon Terrorist attack and Congress did nothing. Imagine, then, my surprise when I saw the headlines in the NY Post about Speaker Ryan having the intestinal fortitude to speak out in criticism of the FBI to demand it tell the whole truth.
We would expect that we the people would be told the whole truth about the greatest mass shooting by one man in our history. We would hope not to be maneuvered by half-truths that the FBI decides to dribble out to us. Who gave the FBI the power to decide how much of the truth will be served to the Americans public?
This is scary stuff. The FBI feels such impunity that it had no second thoughts in announcing it is altering and hiding the truth and misleading the American people by its selective editing. J. Edgar Hoover did it but never admitted it. Now it boldly tells us it will know the truth but we will only know what it decides we should know.
This is not how things are supposed to work. A legitimate investigative agency is supposed to find out the facts and accurately report them. It is not supposed to hand-pick what it will release based on subjective evaluations of the effect of the evidence will have on others.
Speaker Ryan complained that the FBI in releasing the transcript of Omar Mateen’s 911 calls redacted anything to do with ISIS. He called on President Obama to require it to release the full transcript. The Obama administration would make the FBI back down and release the full transcripts after much criticism.
It was when the matter first arose the FBI showed its true colors. It defended its actions in not telling the whole truth by stating: “Part of the redacting is meant to not give credence to individuals who have done terrorist acts in the past. We’re not going to propagate their rhetoric, their violent rhetoric, and we see no value in putting their names back out there. We’re trying to prevent future acts from happening again, and for cowards like this one, people like that influence them so we’re not going to continue to put their names out front.” (my emphasis)
Read that again. He is saying this mass killer said he was following in the footprints of other Muslim or ISIS terrorists but the FBI does not want you to know that. It decided that because it may motivate some other people to follow him. This is an offshoot of the screwy idea of FBI Director Comey not to mention Mateen’s name. Perhaps in the past the FBI saw no value in disclosing who else was involved in the JFK assassination. The statement tells us that the FBI believes it can decide how much of the truth to tell Americans.
What now are we to believe about its investigation of the Hillary Clinton emails.
In the Mateen matter the FBI knew President Obama has been trying to downplay the ISIS connection to the slaughter. It altered its report to satisfy his desires. The president has other desires that the FBI may seek to accommodate.
President Obama supports Hillary Clinton for president. The FBI is conducting a criminal investigation of Clinton. How independent do you believe the FBI is of the president after seeing what it tried to do with respect to Mateen?
Politics not facts run the FBI. When that happens you have corruption. The FBI may “see no value” in bringing charges against Hillary at this time. It may withhold the damaging facts; it may just tell us of those justifying its decision not to bring charges or not to end its investigation.
By doing that Director Comey would please President Obama. When Hillary and Bill get to the White House they will owe him big. Does Director Comey want to become another J. Edgar Hoover and have the job for life? How willing will he be to provide altered truths to the American people about the Clintons activities?
Sadly, the FBI’s open admission of falsifying matters for a political end taints all of its work. How can we believe in anything it does in the future? It needs a house cleaning.