Reading how the FBI committed the illegal inspection of the emails related to Jill Kelley’s complaint, hearkens us back to the days shortly after WWII to the times when the FBI had another illegal program that went on through the Fifties and into the Sixties where it opened regular mail coming into America from overseas. Like with the emails, it did this secretly.
Having personally been affected by this, I can give you an insight how the FBI may operate with the information it secretly gathers up. In college a few of us were trying to figure out where to go on our spring break. We came up with the idea that perhaps we could travel south inexpensively on someone else’s dime if we could go to Cuba. I wrote a letter to Fidel Castro to see if we were welcome there for a week or so.
The first response I received was a couple of weeks later. It was a note telling me to report to the college’s Dean of Discipline. He told me he knew that I had been invited by Fidel to go to Cuba. He said if I went, I would not be allowed to graduate. I didn’t ask him how he knew of my plans. In those days one did not ask questions of those in power.
A day or two later I received the response from one of Fidel’s ministers inviting us to attend. Years later when I later read about the FBI’s program, I realized that it had opened the return letter and notified the school.
Today, the FBI has accumulated vast amounts of emails. There is no reason to believe that with the information they are gathering they are not doing the same thing today. This is how the FBI operates. It’ll feed information to employers or others in exchange for those people feeding information back to it.
That’s why the media is so subservient to the FBI. It depends on them for leaks and other inside information. When the FBI or DOJ attorneys gave out secret grand jury minutes about Billy Bulger to the Boston Globe it expects the Globe to do something for it down the line. The media needs that information so it won’t do anything to bite the hand that feeds it.
This reminds me of what I read about with the secret police forces of the Soviet Union or its Eastern European allies. They had everyone spying on everyone else. At least here we are not yet being swept up into secret prisons although we’ve seen that our government is fully capable of doing this to a discreet group it considered a threat.
Martin Niemöller a German pastor told how the Nazis came and took away the Communists and he said nothing being anti-Communist, then the trade unionists and he remained silent, and then the Jews and not being Jewish also kept quiet. Finally they came and took him.
The idea is that if you don’t speak up when injustices are occurring to others believing it may not happen to you, then it may. Here there is great silence as our secret police are secretly invading our private communications and compiling secret dossiers on us. You may think you are not affected but you don’t know and cannot find out.
Obviously, in light of this you will take safeguards and be less candid in your writings and in expressing your thoughts. If so, you can see that the illegal actions of the FBI have already affected your behavior. You have already given up a certain aspect of your freedom.
Unlike when I was caught up in its illegal mail screening, today’s society with its massive electronic storage devices and instant retrievals make almost every word you write or which is written to you is capable of being captured, stored, and later retrieved. It may be undermining you today or come back to bite you many years later.
Ask yourself, is this what you want? Are you comfortable with the FBI having access to all your information? In my book, Don’t Embarrass The Family, I make 15 recommendations for making the FBI into a more responsible organization, one that presents a lesser threat to the people.
Recommendation N calls for minimizing intrusions on privacy. Had that been followed, none of these events that titillated the public and brought down generals would have happened. There was no crime, no compromising of our security, and no need for that investigation.