Yesterday I wrote about how arrests should be done in a civilized society. Today I’ll show how the FBI usually does them. Remember, this could happen to you and it need not. Those in power should treat people like they would like to be treated.
I’ve written before how these Federal Bully Individuals came down to Quincy, MA, with three black vans, a dozen or more SWAT costumed agents, guns showing, rushing in and breaking down an apartment door to arrest a young non-violent cab driver at five in the morning. I figure those agents thought because he was a Muslim that was all right. Had they waited a couple of hours they could have arrested him quietly as he left his apartment or reached his cab stand. I wondered at the time don’t these agents have anything else to do? I also wondered at the mentality of the U.S. attorneys who let these things happen.
Put yourself in the position of figuring out how to bring about the arrest of lets say a man who I will call Harold T. Martin, III. Lets suppose he lives with his second wife I’ll call Deborah Vinson in a quiet neighborhood in a small brick and vinyl-sided single family two bedroom bungalow. Assume Deborah works in a crafts store. On Sundays she sometimes gives sermons at a local church in a small commuter town in Maryland.
Let us say Harold is fifty-one years old, a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy who was honorably discharged after serving his country for ten years. He has degrees in economics and information systems. He is studying part-time for his Ph D. in computer science. He has no known history of violence and does not own a gun. He works each day at Booz Allen doing work for the government on contract involving top-secret matters.
You check him out with the local police. They have no complaints against him. From inquiries in his neighborhood you learn he is cordial, helpful, friendly but quiet, and brainy. No one has any complaints against him. At school he was described as being “thoughtful, sensitive, and dedicated.”
You believe he may have been taking secret materials home. You arrange to get a warrant for his arrest. There is not a scintilla of evidence that any violence would occur during his apprehension. How do you go about arresting him?
How many agents do you involve? Do you arrest him at work, at school, coming from or going to his home, or leaving church on Sunday? Do you arrest him during the week or over the weekend?
I would have had a couple of guys wait for him to leave work at night and take him as he was getting into his car. At the same time I’d have two others at his house telling Deborah they have a warrant and asking her to make herself comfortable there or elsewhere while they searched. Is there something wrong with my plan? Would you do it differently?
Director Comey would apparently think my way of doing it is wrong.
Now here is why it is said the Devil makes work for idle hands. Harold Marin is a real individual and the facts that I set our are what the Federal Bully Individuals had before them. Here is an example of the Devil at work.
On a Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm on August 27 they blocked off all the street surround Martin’s house. Then we are told that “Federal agents dressed in tactical gear and toting drawn rifles were swarming around the small brick and vinyl-sided house. At least two federal vans and more than 20 vehicles shut down access to the area. Murray Bennett walked out on his stoop just in time to see a dozen agents smash through Bennett’s backyard fence. “Get back in the house!” a man in an FBI jacket yelled at him.”
Bennet is 84 years old. He told another paper,“I thought the third world war had started — they came rushing in here. I looked out the door, and the officer told me to get back in the damn house. They didn’t want anyone peeping around. They knocked down his fence and were running around the back.” He would later say over twelve hours later around 3 or 4 in the morning they had set up tables and flood lights and were examining documents they took out of the small two bedroom house.
Other neighbors told of hearing a loud boom that brought them out of their houses. The FBI used some sort of explosive device to knock down the rear fence of Martin’s House. Martin was taken out of his house in a T-shirt and shorts, held on his front lawn for a bit A neighbor said she thought he was going to have a heart attack: “He was so pale in the face after it happened. He obviously was scared to death.”
I suggest these tactics are totally unnecessary in this case. I further suggest something is wrong with the people involved in carrying out the orders to do such vile things to American citizens. As for the charges against him one official said six-weeks after the raid: “We’re struggling to figure him out,”
Maybe they should spend their time trying to figure out what’s wrong with the FBI.