February 20, 2018

Disband the FBI?

Worth serious discussion if you consider this:

It's a common story. The FBI is one more victim of the March Through the Institutions, the cultural-Marxist initiative in which hordes of leftists infiltrate a trusted institution and corrupt it as a weapon to use against political enemies. We see it in academia, news media, Hollywood. We saw it at the IRS. And the FISA warrant case shows it was very much in effect at the FBI. And like a Hollywood which struggles to create movies worth watching, a news media which canít seem to get the story straight and an education industry which turns out kids who are experts in how they feel about math but not-so proficient in doing it, we've now got an FBI which routinely drops the ball on major cases.
Posted by JohnGalt at 2:58 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

I don't know if any ThreeSourcers ever got into the TV show "Sleepy Hollow," but it had its charms. Among them, the reincarnated revolutionary officer frequently became visibly upset at entities that contravened the spirit of the revolution. When he first hears "there is a Federal Constabulary," he is quite wounded.

"The American Spectator" is quaintly moderate in the era of President Trump, but I suggest the article ill-served by claiming that the problem with the bureau is its being overtaken with incompetent lefties.

Might be true. I'd suggest there's being a lot of incompetence to go around, and that any organization will become sclerotic without the salubrious if stern incentives of the free market.

Posted by: jk at February 20, 2018 5:44 PM
But johngalt thinks:

A few points:

ANY politicization of the legal system is an unacceptable turn down the highway to tyranny.

Incompetence is almost to be expected in a government agency, but these folks still call themselves, "one of the world's premier security and crime-fighting forces." We should all expect more of them. Squeaky clean, beyond reproach.

Is there a right-wing "march through the institutions" that I'm not aware of? A lefty might say, "Duh. Capitalism." But really, there is no moral equivalency between left and right, or between statism and individualism more specifically.

The evident politicization of the FBI is a national emergency, tragedy, and disgrace.

Posted by: johngalt at February 21, 2018 3:09 PM
But jk thinks:

My objection to the Spectator is more on tone than substance. But it's almost too cold to drink beer, let me carry on:

The implication that the FBI was squeaky clean and not a threat to liberty until " the cultural-Marxist initiative in which hordes of leftists infiltrate a trusted institution [and bla, bla, bla]" does not match my memories of J. Edgar Hoover, Bobby Kennedy, the treatment of Martin Luther King, weaponization against Nixon's "White House Enemies List," &c.

It reminds me of those who pine for the fair and unbiased journalism of Walter Cronkite.

Posted by: jk at February 21, 2018 6:41 PM

January 26, 2018

Otequay of the Ayday

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has officially warned the House Intelligence Committee not to release its memo. It's like the possible defendant in a criminal trial threatening prosecutors for having the audacity to reveal alleged evidence to the judge and jury.

This is the first time I can recall open government groups and many reporters joining in the argument to keep the information secret. They are strangely uncurious about alleged improprieties with implications of the worst kind: Stasi-like tactics used against Americans. "Don't be irresponsible and reveal sources and methods," they plead.

Liberal Establishment Media Refugee Sharyl Attkisson in today's Hill editorial: As walls close in on FBI, the bureau lashes out at its antagonists

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:25 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

"... [F]irst time I can recall open government groups and many reporters joining in the argument to keep the information secret."

With all respect to the brave, ballsy Ms. Attkisson, not certain about that.

Posted by: jk at January 26, 2018 3:03 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Let's just say that Woodward and Bernstein could not be reached for comment.

Posted by: johngalt at January 29, 2018 3:22 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Neither could Daniel Ellsberg.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 29, 2018 4:08 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Or Chelsea Manning, who is too busy mounting a "fight" for Maryland's United States Senate seat.

Posted by: johngalt at January 30, 2018 3:28 PM