In case you missed the lecture, disgraced, former FBI Director James Comey (who loves to preach about his personal purity in all things) is upset, saying the DOJ has lost its way because LTGEN Michael Flynn was exonerated after records were released damning the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the witch hunt.

James Comey, who worked diligently to support the creation of an insurance policy to remove an elected US President.  JAMES FREAKIN COMEY, who records now show, set up General Michael Flynn to go to prison unjustly by threatening to imprison his son, Michael G. Flynn if he didn’t play ball and help take down President Trump.

Peter Paul Strzok II, FBI Chief of Counterintelligence

You might ask what Michael G. Flynn’s crime was. Same as his father – nothing. But son Michael didn’t have dad’s status and it would be easier to ruin him. That’s what the FBI does. And this case is classic. If they’re concerned that they can’t get Dad with the Logan Act*, they go after the son, to squeeze his father.

*Congress passed the Logan Act in 1799, and it’s long past time to repeal it. Only two people have been prosecuted under it, in 1802 and 1852, and both were acquitted. But the law invites political abuse, as we’ve seen recently in the case of Mike Flynn.

The FBI was smart enough to know that they couldn’t prosecute General Flynn under the Logan Act, so this is how they work. Records now released show that Bill Priestap, the former assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division (Peter Strzok’s boss) after his handwritten notes revealed that the agents were trying to get Flynn to break the ‘Logan Act’ when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during presidential transition period after the 2016 election.

In this case the interview was carried out by FBI Counterintelligence Chief Strzok and Special Agent Supervisor Pientka. FBI agents don’t record interviews. They take notes and then they write down what they thought that they heard you say on a 302 (report of interview form). It’s incredibly easy for them to fabricate – anything. And that’s precisely why they don’t record interviews. So they set up General Michael Flynn, and then used the threat of imprisoning his son on a COMPLETELY BOGUS charge as leverage to squeeze a guilty plea for “lying to the FBI”.

FBI Director Christopher Wray

Did FBI Director Christopher Asher Wray know about this? What do you think? And what is Special Agent Supervisor Pientka’s pedigree in this whole scandal?

SAS Pientka was a principle in Crossfire Hurricane, the probe of former Trump aide Carter Page, which the DOJ has since acknowledged was riddled with fundamental errors and premised on a discredited dossier that the bureau was told could be part of a Russian disinformation campaign. Who lied on those Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications? Special Agent Pientka.

Was SAS Pietenka fired by Director Wray? No. He’s a supervisor in the FBI’s San Francisco RA. They buried him, and if he keeps his mouth shut, they’ll arrange for him to get a cushy corporate security job pulling down a quarter million a year in addition to his pension once he retires. Because, ladies and gentlemen, that is how it works.

The FBI is notorious for this sort of thing. J. Edgar Hoover made his reputation doing this very thing. It goes all the way back to the beginning and roots of the FBI.

Ask yourself whether the FBI will change. Not a snowball’s chance, dear readers.


Full disclosure, I’ve worked a lot with (but not for) the FBI. I’ve participated in two Group One investigations and had an FBI partner (who was a HUGE Rush Limbaugh fan) for five years who went on to be Assistant Director over the Enterprise Crime and Drug Division (Enterprise Crime=Organized Crime).

I had FBI special agents working for me when I ran the LA/Orange County Regional Gang Enforcement Task Force (operational task force) that focused on multi-jurisdictional organized crime groups nationwide.

And I’ve seen the good and the bad and the stupid and the corrupt in their midst. I have many tales that will remain untold.

However I will share one funny war story that doesn’t indict any particular special agent. I had/have a friend who was former CIA who lived in Garden Grove, California. He showed me his telephone bill – $180,000.00. This was back when overseas calls were expensive and he’d be on the phone all night, primarily to Asia. I said, “WTF?” He laughed and said, “The FBI is up on a Title 3 on me (wiretap) and I don’t pay the bill, but they won’t let the phone company shut off the service.” So much for FBI secrecy, and since he set up phone service under a fictitious name, the bill never came back on him.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the sanity check on the FBI. I was thinking this was due to recent changes, since the Comey appointment. The fact that it goes back as far as the organization goes is sobering.

    And implies the organization needs to be burned to the ground and then the ground salted. “FBI delenda est”

    As with the pension crises we’ve talked about, I don’t necessarily know what the right thing to do is, but I know what the wrong thing is: continue to incentivize their behavior. Incentivizing includes allowing it to continue to exist.

    • The FBI culture begins at the academy and it’s a “protect the FBI at all costs because you’re pure and the rest of the scum are not” mindset.

      As I reflect on my experiences with FBI personnel, my memories are flooded with friendships and fine people. People who went out of their way to be kind to me. And people who I went out of my way to be kind to.

      Then there is a flip side of thoroughly craven behavior that was sanctioned by upper echelons all the way to the top.

      I will say that in my era, the rule, “though shalt not collect intelligence against churches or political campaigns” was sacrosanct. The exception to that rule came when I was undercover in the Hessians Motorcycle gang as a “patched” member and their clubhouse was in the basement of an “evil” church. The church used the Hessians as enforcers from time to time when members “got out of line” and threatened to expose the evil pastor/priest who ran the place. That wasn’t a joint op with the FBI, but my point is that churches and political campaigns were hands-off.

      The problem I have is that I can recall so many evil, deplorable things that the FBI did that it blankets over the good things. They include:
      *FBI surveillance of an Asian gang/org crime member who murders a California Highway Patrolman in front of them and they do nothing but drive away (not a federal crime and they didn’t want to reveal that he was under FBI surveillance). I wasn’t there but they had Santa Ana PD officers with them and threatened them with prosecution if they told the story.
      *Lying on search warrant affidavits (common).
      *Allowing terrorists post-911 to escape with 500 lbs of C-4 within 5 miles of Los Angeles International Airport, I have no idea what happened to the C-4 or advanced detonators. Neither do they. I was on the terrorists and the FBI whined to the boss that the locals needed to pull off. We did and they lost it and then they lied about it.
      *Ruby Ridge – a buddy of mine from the Postal Inspection Service did the THIRD investigation. The first two were packed with lies by FBI people about the sniper killing Weaver’s wife and unborn child.
      I can go on and on and on and on. For days. Literally.

      The situation with Crossfire Hurricane to take down Donald Trump seemed to me at the time like a typical FBI operation. Still does.

  2. omg. so much for rank and file being on the up and up…..heard anything ref nork leader?

    • Not much. Best guess is that he has some medical problem, but he may be laying low to avoid the Chinese plague. I’m disappointed that the fat boy king isn’t a zombie.
      ______________________
      As to the FBI. Err on the side of caution and never trust them. Not ever. They are like the scorpion who asks the toad for help. The scorpion needs to get across the river and it can’t swim. The toad responds that “if I let you on my back, you’ll sting me and I’ll die.” The scorpion reasons with the toad that if he does that, he will drown as well.

      Accepting the argument the toad allows the scorpion on his back and he begins to swim. Half way across the river the scorpion stings the toad. The toad asks “why did you do that, we’ll both die now?” The scorpion answers, “It’s just my nature.” Thus with the FBI.

      • I think that they try to hire good people, but the system teaches them that they are special and that the justice system will excuse their abuses for the “greater good”. And then things so badly sideways as we have seen.

  3. Only met a few fibbies, and they seemed decent folk. They were “just” regular field agents, and I was quite naive at the time….

  4. What appalls me is the time, money, and manpower they spend on bullshit. My ex-wife and I were “activists” in a political sense focusing on making waves. A few years later she was hired by the Dept of Education to be a “reader” for a blind employee and was classified as a “temporary hire” for months before she became “permanent”. Her boss said the reason was her and my FBI file (that he saw on a table) was nearly 5″ thick.

    In the grand scheme of things, the two of us combined shouldn’t have been more than a misplaced comma in a footnote.

    • You justified somebody’s existence. Justified their premium pay (overtime), and likely they had an informant feeding them lies that they wrote down to be gospel. I’ve seen that game played. If they could generate enough of a case, they’d get an undercover car, an undercover Rolex, and case funds would be increased for them to support the operation of the informant. That’s how the FBI machine works. If it gets big enough, they apply for a Group Two (more money) and then a Group One (big headquarters money) and they get a lot of spending money, more premium pay.

      If there is nothing to do, they create a monster named “Frank the Tank”, a threat to Mom and Apple Pie and the drama builds. The file grows, and it’s all true because they are the FBI and they say that it’s true.

      If somebody like me (who also worked for the government) was to doubt their account of the evil Frank-the-Tank, I would become their enemy. Likely they would “book me” to make me grow fearful and back off. They’d stop short of arresting me because that would generate an arraignment and court documents, but they’d fingerprint me and photograph me. Ask me how I know. Because it happened to me – twice. While fingerprinting me one time, in the company with my partner, who worked for the FBI and was on my side, they asked me for my handgun. I said, “You can have it one round at a time, motherfucker.” Keep in mind that I was working WITH the FBI at the time. These were different FBI agents with an axe to grind against me because I called “BULLSHIT”. I kept my handgun, they went away, and I kept being me.

      Oh, the stories, Frank, the stories.

      A suspicious Vietnamese gang appeared in Orange County, CA that called themselves Cá độc (Cruel Fish) circa 1988. Being me, I smelled a rat. The FBI created a fake gang that they could infiltrate and get money for doing it (while remaining home or being out on their ski boats at the Colorado River). They did enlist the aid of a couple of tame Vietnamese gangsters, who talked to me without them knowing it. There were mountains of reports written about the Cá độc. The Cruel Fish were brought up in local intelligence meetings which served as rumor mills where disinformation could be spread to locals. People who didn’t like the FBI, mostly political – people like you (metaphorically) were discussed and dark secrets were probed and alluded to. Airtels were sent (FBI internal correspondence with other resident agencies), leads were explored.

      They prodded one of their tame Viets to arson an anti-communist newspaper office in the City of Westminster, CA, which he did. The problem was that one of the workers slept on the premises unbeknown, and was burned to death. Cá độc was blamed, more FBI overtime/premium pay was racked up. And that’s how it worked.

      No conscience, no remorse, FBI is too pure for that sort of thing, premier law enforcement agency. You can see how with that mindset, the accusations that President Trump was a Russian spy could be foisted on tame flacks at the NY Times or WaPo or CNN who would broadcast it as the truth.

  5. My Great Grandfather ran afoul of the FBI back in the late ’30s-early ’40s. His crime? Telling Oklahoma that the Nazis were bad. No kidding. Well, he shut up and the rest is history.

    I’ve remembered our talk on the way back from Austin a few years back — you said, “We’re should be there to prosecute crime, not persecute the…” Well said.

    The Flynn business is an outrage and I hope there’s payback.

  6. The entire entity of government is a catch-22.

    Unfortunately, if you try and go without it, it tends to result in Somalia.
    So, I guess it’s a double catch-22.

    -Kle.

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