“Evidently nobody” is the answer to the age old question, “quis custodiet ipsos custodes,” who will watch the watchmen themselves? Given the state of confusion, collusion and corruption in the once vaunted FBI, charged with protecting the nation from foreign spies and domestic criminals, the American Republic is wandering around naked and intoxicated in a Mad Max world.
Consider the case of Robert Manson, an FBI counterterrorism supervisor, who went out drinking with strippers, took one back to his room, she steals his gun, his watch ($6,000 Rolex, no less!), and his cash, and the next morning he’s still too drunk to file the police report himself. Shades of the Secret Service Colombia scandal. I can only hope he is no longer employed by either the FBI or by anybody else connected with national security, but I wouldn’t be surprised if my hopes are unfounded.
Such spectacular incompetence is bad enough, particularly in these dangerous times and at these very elevated levels, but what is coming out now is, oh, so very much worse. Not, mind you, that there’s any dearth of garden variety, egregiously stupid corruption…
Of the many astonishing revelations now emerging from the Russia investigation, not enough has been made of the fact that Peter Strzok — that Zelig of the FBI who mysteriously appeared at every controversial moment — was second in command for counterintelligence.
That’s right, counterintelligence — that activity “designed to prevent or thwart spying, intelligence gathering, and sabotage by an enemy or other foreign entity.”
And yet that same Mr. Strzok was conducting a clandestine extra-marital affair with an FBI colleague over thousands of text messages that could be and likely were (more of that in a moment) intercepted by those same foreign intelligence agencies — or were, at the very least, recklessly exposed to them.
Now you don’t have to be James Jesus Angleton or even have read a novel by John le Carré to know one of the most important vulnerabilities in the intel world is just such dangerous liaisons, frequently used for blackmail of all sorts.
Yet, our second in command in counterintelligence conducted his in full digital view of anyone and did so replete with idiotically extreme comments about the president of the United States that would make our Peter a prime candidate for blackmail.
Well, no wonder the FBI went easy on Hillary “What Difference Does It Make?” Clinton. Given that she was slated to be next President and the high mortality rate among those who cross her, it would seem only prudent to go with the flow, but especially as his own idiocy placed him in a weak and vulnerable position. Who’d ‘a thunk it?
So former FBI Director Mueller, the staunch, the incorruptible, the supremely competent, who had his finger firmly on the pulse of the FBI during the lamentable previous Administration, not only saw nothing, heard nothing, did nothing and had nothing to say about all this, but is now in charge of a plenipotentiary, unbounded investigation into the doings of his former underlings’ political nemesis. Lordy, Lordy! What could go wrong?
That depends on you point of view. Something is going wrong for the Mueller investigation because after all these months and tens of millions of dollars he has turned up one low level Trump campaign worker who was fired by the campaign: basically bupkis. After all the Russia collusion ballyhoo the Donks are beside themselves to discover that, well, they were the ones doing all the colluding. The double standard doesn’t allow us to call that treason, and that’s a problem too.
The bigger problem is that this is a problem that Congress created for itself when it refused to exercise its powers and prerogatives during the previous Administrations by allowing Lois Lerner to walk away, allowing her replacement, Director Koskinen to thumb his nose at them and allow James Comey to flaunt his disregard for the law. It should never have been a case of Mueller, who is clearly a Democratic agent, being allowed to conduct a political witch hunt in the the Executive branch but rather a case of Congress hauling these malefactors before them, investigating them till their underwear smoked, charging them with contempt of Congress if they fail to appear and cooperate, then sending them to prison if found guilty.
Our government has three branches: Legislative, Executive and Judicial; they are not, contrary to common opinion, co-equal. Congress has the authority to impeach for cause members of both the Executive and Judicial branches, NOT the reverse. This is appropriate because Congress is directly responsible to the source of all political power, We The People. It is WE who need to demand that Congress do their damned jobs and straighten this mess out.
Who watches the watchmen themselves? We The People, and don’t you forget it. More importantly, don’t allow your elected representatives to forget it, as they clearly have.
Do it now.