Who Can Investigate the Investigators?

by Juliette Akinyi Ochieng | January 24th, 2018

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Who Can Investigate the Investigators?

by baldilocks

Fill­ing in today for Fausta.

The lat­est rev­e­la­tions about the FBI may fea­ture Don­ald Trump, but they are not really about him. What they are about: deep cor­rup­tion. Foun­da­tional rot. Pride. Hubris. The list is end­less and ugly.

Roger L. Simon:

Sup­pose what many are now sus­pect­ing is com­pletely true — that the FBI, or parts of it, exon­er­ated Hillary Clin­ton and her cohorts with a mock inves­ti­ga­tion, attempted to swing our pres­i­den­tial elec­tion against Don­ald Trump and then con­tin­ued to under­mine the new admin­is­tra­tion after they had won with ille­git­i­mate claims of Russ­ian col­lu­sion orches­trated by sleazy polit­i­cal lowlifes? (…)

How do we deal with the dis­hon­esty of our offi­cials and bureau­crats when those same peo­ple are the keep­ers of our secrets and the enforcers of our laws (both of which are related)? When is trans­parency nec­es­sary? When is secrecy jus­ti­fied? Who will watch the watch­ers? Are the con­gres­sional over­sight com­mit­tees enough? Do they have suf­fi­cient power?

There are sev­eral options, all of which are unnerv­ing. We let the agency, sub­or­di­nate to the Depart­ment of Jus­tice, take out its own trash – some­thing that it is man­i­festly unwill­ing to do. We clamor to our elected leg­isla­tive offi­cials to act – some­thing which most of them do not pos­sess the stones to do. And there are other more fright­en­ing options.

Clearly, how­ever, the FBI and all the other fed­eral agen­cies are, in my opin­ion, fun­da­men­tally trans­formed or, in the case of the CIA, born cor­rupt.

Used to be that such mus­ings were tar­nished as bab­blings from crazy con­spir­acy theorists.

Not so the­o­retic anymore.

Democ­rats, you should be angry about this, too. It could hap­pen to a Demo­c­rat pres­i­dent. In fact, it prob­a­bly already has.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

Filling in today for Fausta.

The latest revelations about the FBI may feature Donald Trump, but they are not really about him. What they are about: deep corruption. Foundational rot. Pride. Hubris. The list is endless and ugly.

Roger L. Simon:

Suppose what many are now suspecting is completely true — that the FBI, or parts of it, exonerated Hillary Clinton and her cohorts with a mock investigation, attempted to swing our presidential election against Donald Trump and then continued to undermine the new administration after they had won with illegitimate claims of Russian collusion orchestrated by sleazy political lowlifes? (…)

How do we deal with the dishonesty of our officials and bureaucrats when those same people are the keepers of our secrets and the enforcers of our laws (both of which are related)?  When is transparency necessary?  When is secrecy justified? Who will watch the watchers? Are the congressional oversight committees enough?  Do they have sufficient power?

There are several options, all of which are unnerving. We let the agency, subordinate to the Department of Justice, take out its own trash – something that it is manifestly unwilling to do. We clamor to our elected legislative officials to act – something which most of them do not possess the stones to do. And there are other more frightening options.

Clearly, however, the FBI and all the other federal agencies are, in my opinion, fundamentally transformed or, in the case of the CIA, born corrupt.

Used to be that such musings were tarnished as babblings from crazy conspiracy theorists.

Not so theoretic anymore.

Democrats, you should be angry about this, too. It could happen to a Democrat president. In fact, it probably already has.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

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