First, let’s discuss the playbook:

Orwell used Nineteen Eighty-Four to explore the dangers of authoritarianism and totalitarian forms of government. Orwell was deeply suspicious of the tendency of governments to become self-perpetuating oligarchies, and he saw how easily people’s worst tendencies could be subverted to the will of an authoritarian regime.

Orwell, 1984: “The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed–would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper–the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever.”

Thoughtcrime is the essential concept of the novel. The idea that simply thinking something contrary to what the Party has decreed to be true is a crime—and then convincing people that its revelation was inevitable—is a chilling, terrifying idea that requires people to self-edit their thoughts. This, combined with Newspeak, makes any sort of individual thought impossible.

just in, all national guard officer promotions are on hold until they can be individually vetted by the fbi for attendance on jan.6, 2021. attendance, not riot, not crimes, just went. i knew due process was on shaky ground, but weaponizing dot mil against political thought….

I will post a primer on thought crime on the blog later today. It’s too important just to leave it as a reply-to-comment. And it’s serious.

The FBI is interviewing people presumably to determine their involvement with the demonstration in Washington DC.

How is the interview recorded?  It’s recited from the agent’s interview – from memory or notes and is memorialized on a form 302, report of interview. In that report, the FBI Special Agent writes what they thought they heard you say.

FBI SAS Strzok

In the now famous case against General Flynn, to make the case better, they re-remembered facts and put them into an ‘amended 302’. Thus he was found to have lied to the FBI, a crime. Is there a record of those lies? No, only in the mind of the agents, including the now disgraced Special Agent Supervisor Peter Strzok. In the case of the National Guard, if somebody is denounced, the FBI can amend a 302, change what they thought that the interviewee said, clap them in irons and parade them before a magistrate.

Why doesn’t the FBI record interviews?  Given what I wrote above, why do you think?

In a world where most law enforcement agencies scrupulously record interviews so there can be no question as to what was said, the FBI never has. Likely never will.

Your recourse is to take your sentence like a man/woman/other.


My experience working with (not for) the FBI is extensive and spanned about twenty-one years, in various capacities, in various places, and doing various things.

For at least the past fifteen years, SWAT and other training conducted by the FBI for local law enforcement has always directed the scenarios against “white extremest groups” – everything else was politically incorrect. Like it, not like it, it just was.



  1. Never ever ever speak to a Fibbie, even to give him directions, without recording it, and preferably with at least a reliable lawyer present, who is also recording.

    Don’t trust anyone anymore.

    As to NatGuard promotions? They really want to do that? As far as I know, you aren’t supposed to wear your uniform if participating in or observing as a citizen a political event. But this? Thought Purity? WTF?

    How are you all out there who are veterans feeling about this?

    • Let me share a personal experience. The FBI wanted to talk to me while I was on duty. I told them that I would only speak to them if they would allow me to openly record the interview, and provide a copy to them, while retaining one for myself. They said that would be acceptable. The interview went down. At the end they seized my tape as “evidence”. They were f-ing with me, sure, but it happened, and it wasn’t evidence of anything. It’s how they roll. Proceed at your own risk.

      • PS – If you have a lawyer present, and they’re competent, they’ll tell you not to talk to the FBI, recording or not. The FBI can seize their recorded tape as evidence too, whether it is or not.

        • Doesn’t surprise me (or anyone else reading your blog). I have watched a few experts speak on this, mostly as reminders to not be a gullible twit or naive that truth matters. It doesn’t. Not anymore. Don’t speak, especially without a lawyer present. Two words out of your mouth will be twisted and tortured to mean everything you did not say. Okay, maybe, “Hello officer.” Beyond that just sit there if possible.

      • The National Guard at the Capitol is having its own problems.

        “Yesterday, for instance, there were 74 different meals found with raw beef in them,” the sergeant said. “Just yesterday, the lunches were, soldiers had found metal shavings in their food.”

        The food concerns going beyond quality – quantity is an issue as well. Breakfast is an example.

        “You were getting maybe a Danish and some sort of juice,” the sergeant said. “And then we had certain days where it was clearly a dinner role and Sunny D.”

        After undercooked food made more than a dozen soldiers sick, while some went to the hospital.

        I guess that the government doesn’t want to go to the expense of providing three MRE’s each every day – and water. That’s 75,000 rations a day. A thankful Congress offers them tainted food a dinner roll and Kool Aid. If I was a regimental commander, I’d load them all in trucks and drive them home and let the governor cashier me.

        Nobody’s watching out for them. Is it worth a commission? What sort of officers are leading those soldiers?

        • >What sort of officers are leading those soldiers?

          The sort that will go far under the new regime?
          That was mere snark, and probably unfair to many of the officers stuck with their Guard units in DC.

          I don’t think the bad people are this cunning when it comes to matters military, but wouldn’t it be a great test, to see which officers will stand up for their men, and which are willing to go with the flow of the polluted waters; to publicly eat a toad (or worse, let their men be forced to eat toads); to crawl on their fat bellies; to grin the sickly, cringing grin of the submissive dog, all for the hopes of triggering a smile on a sneering, haughty face that views them as mindless, subhuman myrmidons to be used. And of course in hopes of eagles, or even (gasp) stars on their collar one day.

    • It’s not a secret at all. It just is.

      And they led the coup against President Trump. It speaks to the essence of the Bureau.

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