Today, I am turning my blog over to Mike Ford, founder and managing editor of the American Free News Network https://afnn.us/ to which I am a contributor. Mike is also a former U.S. Army Colonel and US Military Academy graduate (class of 1980). In today’s post, he says we have to use the same strategy the FBI once used to get Mafia dons–you go after the soldiers in the rank and file of the highly politicized and corrupt DOJ and FBI, and they will lead you to the top.
To Get the Corrupt Ringleaders, We Must Target the Complicit Rank And File At DOJ/FBI
To get the ringleaders, we have to go after the rank and file at DOJ and FBI. Why? Those who are “just following orders “also own part of this.
As an Army Officer, one thing my peers and I held to be generally true: There is no such thing as a bad Soldier-only bad leaders. As I said…generally true. There are always exceptions, but they are the ones who prove the rule. I also used to believe the same of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
I grew up watching the 1960s TV show, “The FBI,” and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. put the bad guys away. During my short, ten-year tenure, I had the honor and privilege of piloting a green and white patrol car as a Deputy Sheriff around a rapidly growing South Florida county. At that time, my fellow Deputies and I thought of the FBI as sort of “the high priesthood” of law enforcement…as did the rest of the World.
Sadly, that situation no longer obtains. Even one of its most vociferous proponents, Sean Hannity, is now questioning how deep the rot goes. From over at Fox News:
I used to always say on this program during the Russia hoax 99% rank and file FBI agents put their lives at risk, work hard to keep this country safe. Tonight, I say it’s about 95%.
Let’s do a little math. The figures I have, say that the FBI has somewhere around 13,000 special agents. That’s out of an agency with approximately 37,000 employees, including support staff. Using Hannity’s numbers…
13,000 x .1% = 130 agents with possibly less than stellar integrity.
13,000 Special Agents x .4% = 520 special agents, four times as many government officials who might not be able to trust.
If we extend the percentage into the rest of the agency (37,000 x 4%), we get 1,480 people in positions of trust that we possibly—can’t. Remember, It was the Medical Examiner, essentially supporting cast, who reversed course and classified George Floyd’s death as murder when it was clearly an overdose of Fentanyl.
Some might disagree with the percentages above, and that’s fair. But this isn’t merely a numbers issue. It’s an issue of public trust in our institutions, trust which, in many of them, has severely declined in the past few decades. And that mistrust is growing.
Over at Red State, my good friend and colleague Nick Arama has a piece out regarding the investigation into Hunter Biden’s nefarious and illegal activities.
As often happens, I get some very interesting viewpoints from down in the comments section of many articles. Today is no different. Commenting in the above article, writeofcenter says, emphasis mine:
This smells bad. In fact, it stinks.
The DOJ and the US Attorney’s Office have been politicized and are corrupt from the top down.
There is a chain of command here. And Weiss is in the middle of it. Congress needs to focus on those who are making, approving, and directing these decisions. From the top of the chain down to the prosecutors.
Somebody in power has set the agenda for all of this. That’s the person I want to be roasted over the coals. The rest are pretty much enablers.
Ordinarily, I would agree with him and with Hannity’s position above. Like writeofcenter, above, I really want to see whoever orchestrated all of this tried, convicted, and turning large rocks into smaller rocks and thence into sand. That is going to be a tough road that will take a lot of prepping on the battlefield.
We have to set the conditions that will foster that prosecution. Going after the ringleaders, the political appointees who sit at the apex of each organization, can be difficult. They have lawyers on staff that are paid for by your tax dollars and mine. Not to mention, very few senior prosecutors in DOJ have been shown willing to go after sitting politically appointed agency heads.
To get there, we have to lose the idea that the rank and file are well-meaning, hard-working, and just doing what they are told. That also applies to “enablers,” the folks in the support staff who might be hiding, losing, misfiling, or flat-out destroying evidence. Just following orders as an excuse for misconduct was finally eliminated at Nuremberg in October of 1946.
We have to open investigations on the rank and file involved in slow-rolling investigations on the Biden Crime family and do the same for those involved in the patently political prosecution of President Trump. Sadly, we’ll have to prosecute, convict and sentence a few of them to make an example.
Those folks can, just like as in a RICO case, be rolled over, providing info to prosecute up the food chain. But that’s not where it ends. In order to make this work long-term, we need to put an environment in place that helps the rank-and-file push back on unlawful/unethical pressures. We need to create a culture in these organizations that just because you are in charge, not every order you give is lawful…and unlawful orders will not be followed.
I watched this happen while I was on active duty. When the Army decided to crack down on certain unethical conduct, like falsifying reports, a few examples went a long way. We have to create the same environment I witnessed back in the late eighties & nineties.
When an FBI (or IRS) Special Agent gets told to do something out of bounds, the response will be, “Sorry, Sir. Ain’t doin’ it. Ain’t no way I’m going to Leavenworth behind that s***.” In that regard, the threat at the grassroots level actually helps lower-ranking personnel push back on unethical and/or illegal suggestions by their superiors.
Perhaps then, the FBI can once again stand up for the entirety of its own motto: Fidelity, Loyalty, and Integrity.
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