You'd have to live with your head in the ground not to believe that there's corruption everywhere and on all levels. Tax cheaters, price gougers, investment swindlers. We sort of expect that. Look at the reputations of used car salesman and city officials. They're either taking us or they're on the take. We live with it and try to do the best we can. But like I said, we live with it.
Then you take police corruption. We see shoddy investigative work result in the guilty going free and in some cases the innocent being found guilty. It's terrible. But we live with it.
Then there's elected officials. We've had to live with political corruption, lies and deceit. I think it's part of the oath of office to avoid the truth as much as a vampire does the sun. But we live with it.
Then comes our bulwark. Our protection from domestic evils. It's the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI from it's Hoover days till now has been suspect, but somehow evaded much attention to their willful and wanton disregard for law and human life. They have always been treated as above the law. And now it's possible that they're murderers too.
Two recent situations come to mind. And they are scary. First, there's the Whitey Bulger situation. Whitey was a mob member and a killer. But who did he kill and how? He killed those who might get in his way. And how? The FBI fingered his opponents and in essence, pulled the trigger.
Check this out:
While you're thinking this FBI activity was going to somehow enure a benefit to us, pull your head out of the sand. This wasn't a sacrifice to bring Whitey down. They had the goods on him already. It was to allow bad guys to kill other bad guys, and also to let corrupt FBI agents to get payoffs while innocent people were killed. Blood money.
Now lets look into another case, one I've written about before. Ibraghim Todashev. But before I go there, here's a little background on the FBI's track record courtesy of Rachel Maddow's Show.
So, incredible as it is, the FBI evidently operates with total impunity. In a way, they're Eliot Ness and the Untouchables. Except for one big difference. Eliot Ness and company were the good guys. And more and more I'm getting the God awful impression that our current FBI is not.
Just as they were used by Whitey Bulger, the FBI is using anonymous sources and our good old lazy un-investigative press. The Bureau menleak information to cover their asses. But really G-Men, shouldn't you get your prevarications in line before you start covering for one another? It sure leads to confusion. Here's what I mean.
Putting both stories together got me thinking, and you should be too. From the HuffPo the other day: President Barack Obama on Monday announced that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will establish a review group designed to assess the nation's intelligence gathering and surveillance capabilities.
This is the same James Clapper who lied to Congress about his department's spying activities.
Is this more of the same? Isn't this just like the FBI and their perfect 150-0 record finding in their own favor?
We have got to speak up. And we have got to be afraid. Unwarranted collection of personal material is being gathered. Corruption has taken over the agencies.
This is the time to be afraid and vigilant. Don't work against the police or authorities. But don't volunteer to help. Ask Paul McGonagle, Edward Connors, Thomas King, Richard Castucci, Roger Wheeler, Brian Halloran, Michael Donahue, John Callahan, Arthur "Bucky" Barrett, John McIntyre, Deborah Hussey, Michael Milano, Al Plummer, William O'Brien, James "Spike" O'Toole, Al "Indian Al" Notarangeli, James Sousa, Francis "Buddy" Leonard, Debra Davis.
And then you can ask Ibraghim Todashev.
None of them can answer because they're all dead -- directly or indirectly by the hands of the FBI.