I do not know the place to start.
I’ve watched, helplessly, as my pals — all loyal People who swore an oath to assist and defend the Structure — get dragged by way of the shards of the trying glass that Trump and his band of sycophantic congressional and fringe media misfits have shattered of their makes an attempt to persuade us that incorrect is correct and establishments like a free press and an unbiased FBI are enemies of the folks.
We have now fallen down the rabbit gap and might’t rise up.
My apologies to Lewis Carroll, however how else to explain the wacky various universe that we discover ourselves in at current? It isn’t solely the other way up and sideways, however inside out and spinning round in psychedelic circles. I’ve by no means been on an acid journey, however I’ve it on good authority that the nationwide freak out we have been witnessing the previous few days is very shut.
And, frankly, a lot worse.
There’s loads of blame to go round amongst the Trump fan boys for the state we discover ourselves in, however particular thanks ought to exit to Devin Nunes and his wacked out compadres in Congress.
Not solely do he and his band of misfits proceed to baselessly slander good folks — the women and men of the FBI, whose solely sin within the Russia investigation has been to do their jobs to the very best of their means — however in addition they actively, wittingly, and willfully endeavor to undermine America’s belief in an honorable and important establishment.
It is an outrage. The sort that actually makes me sick to my abdomen.
I do know Jim Comey. Andy McCabe. Jim Baker, Jim Rybicki, Pete Strzok, Lisa Web page. Some higher than others. However I do know them. First title foundation know them. None are the conspiring, unprincipled, “spurious” anti-Trumps Nunes would have you ever consider. Like many within the FBI, particularly after the previous 12 months, they may not just like the President, however they respect the presidency. His assaults on the FBI, usually private, may frustrate them to no finish, however that does not diminish their loyalty to the Republic or distract them from their dedication to uphold the Rule of Regulation. It actually would not impede their sworn oath to guard and defend the Structure.
I do know this as a result of it wasn’t all that way back that I stood amongst them and confronted the beast that’s public criticism. It was by no means a pleasing expertise, however we accepted it got here with the job. And when it was righteous, a possibility to make ourselves higher.
If solely that had been the case now.
The so-called Nunes memorandum is simply the most recent instance of the sucker punches my pals within the FBI are taking in protection of the Republic. Judging from the reporting of those that have seen it, the memo goals to assault the FBI, and even the Deputy Lawyer Basic, Rod Rosenstein, for its use of lawful, duly-authorized strategies to additional the investigation of Russian interference in our democracy and the likelihood U.S. individuals enabled that interference.
It could declare the FBI withheld data from a federal choose who could have licensed a Overseas Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to conduct digital surveillance of a U.S. particular person.
As one who has participated in numerous FISA purposes, as a author, editor, and approver, I extremely doubt that occurred. The approval course of for a FISA warrant of this nature is intensive and entails two branches of presidency. In a matter such because the Russia investigation, probably involving high-level authorities officers, the scrutiny is amplified.
Certain, the occasional mistake does occur. However when it does, it’s rapidly, even ruthlessly, corrected. Willful misconduct is, at a minimal, a firing offense. That is why it’s uncommon, even on circumstances of a lot lesser profile, that errors occur. The strenuous oversight, and the penalties for violating it, makes it so.
Nonetheless, that rigorous adherence to the regulation and Constitutional duty to our fellow People has not prevented Nunes and firm from accusing in any other case. Fact be instructed, I might welcome it wholeheartedly if it had been legitimate, or had a authorized foundation.
Nevertheless it would not.
On Wednesday of this week, the FBI issued a public assertion in regards to the memo. The assertion famous “materials omissions” that “essentially affect” the doc’s accuracy. In bureauspeak which means the memo is lacking essential information that will change the memo’s conclusions if included.
Why was it omitted? As a result of it was categorised? Or exculpatory? Or it merely did not match the narrative? I might recommend the Chairman of the Home Everlasting Choose Committee on Intelligence is attempting to idiot us twice. Recall the “unmasking disaster” of a 12 months in the past?
Disgrace on him.
Frank Montoya served as particular agent in control of the FBI’s Seattle area workplace and in different govt roles on the FBI.