The Federal Bureau of Investigation
Call me old fashioned or naïve but I’m reading the OIG report on the DOJ and FBI handling of the Clinton email investigation called the “Midyear” investigation. Although I’m barely into the report it is clear that certain FBI agents and agency attorneys mishandled sensitive information and/or misused their positions within the agency.
I have read the FBI Director Wray’s response to the report and I’m satisfied that identified FBI misconduct is being looked at and being handled urgently and expeditiously.
What I have not seen is an “open door” provision whereby FBI agents can filter cares and concerns over upper level misconduct directly to the office of the director, without fear of retributions or reprisals. There has been public concern over an alleged “memo” from higher up that cautions agents to keep a zipped lip or fear over concerns about family and career being threatened. That in itself is a concern that needs to be addressed. It would appear that the “whistleblower” provisions may be compromised, preventing agents from stepping forward.
That being said I would remind everyone of what the FBI stands for and has stood for over the past 110 years.
The FBI motto is “Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity”.
The FBI mission is “To protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States”.
The FBI priorities are to:
- Protect the United States from terrorist attack
- Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage
- Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes
- Combat public corruption at all levels
- Protect civil rights
- Combat transnational/national criminal organizations and enterprises
- Combat major white-collar crime
- Combat significant violent crime
In order to accomplish the mission and the priorities of the agency, the FBI employs 35,000 people, including special agents and support professionals such as intelligence analysts, language specialists, scientists, and information technology specialists.
The FBI works literally around the globe, from FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., there are 56 field offices located in major cities throughout the U.S., more than 350 satellite offices called resident agencies in cities and towns across the nation, and more than 60 international offices called legal attachés in U.S. embassies worldwide.
The FBI’s Core Values are:
- Rigorous obedience to the Constitution of the United States;
- Respect for the dignity of all those we protect;
- Uncompromising personal integrity and institutional integrity;
- Accountability by accepting responsibility for our actions and decisions and the consequences of our actions and decisions;
- Leadership, both personal and professional; and
The reason I bring these up directly from the FBI website www.fbi.gov is as a reminder to the public and to those FBI agents who read this article because America needs an honest and ever vigilant law enforcement bureau to protect Americans and the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies both foreign and domestic.
Every U.S. military veteran has taken that oath upon entering the military and we too hold that oath as sacred, with no expiration date.
The world has gotten upside down as of 2018 and we need to know that the rule of law still stands and means something. Yet it is human nature to get caught up in titles, roles and duties to the point that the oath of office can become lost in the performance of duties, even and especially for FBI agents who put their lives on the line every day for us. – I Thank you.
Now for the criminal element in our society who has become emboldened by what appears to be a broken system, I urge you to go elsewhere to do your dirty work. If you are a trusted appointed or elected government official and feel comfortable at doing things “your way” the system is not broken and will catch up with you when you least expect it. That I am sure – I am the Real Truckmaster!