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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Has FBI Become Just Another Political Crony Organization?


"Hey, it's only against the law if someone is there to enforce the law."


A more appropriate question might be, could it be anything else while under the auspices of a political crony like Eric Holder?

From an editorial in Investor's Business Daily:

According to a leak to the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Bureau of Investigation "didn't find the kind of political bias or 'enemy hunting' that would amount to a violation of criminal law." And so, nobody was likely to be prosecuted for the most blatant politicization of a federal agency within memory. 
All the Bureau found was a "mismanaged" agency that enforced rules "it didn't understand." In other words, nothing to see here, move along. 
That's strange stuff for an agency whose most implicated regulator, Lois Lerner, invoked her Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination in congressional testimony last year. That she came to congressional attention was only because of her calculated announcement that the IRS had in fact targeted Tea Party groups for special scrutiny — that's right, admitted to breaking the law — in a preemptive attempt to paint her abuse of power as a customer service problem. 
Her minions lied that it was only the work of low-level bureaucratic bumblers in Cincinnati. And after that sleazy string of favors that coincidentally benefited her president, she was permitted to retire on a full pension. 
The reality is, the acts reeked of political targeting, the most illegal of acts, a corrupt use of government power, and a worthy target of checks and balances provided by the FBI in the name of law and order. 
But for some reason, the FBI has neither interviewed the Tea Party activists targeted for intrusive scrutiny, nor has it noticed anything amiss in light of the White House's rabid attacks on Tea Party activists. It hasn't noticed the Tea Party's demonstrable political strength in its large gatherings during the most intense period of its political targeting, nor noted the president's record of "joking" about investigating political opponents.
And it hasn't picked up the clue from the Center for Responsive Politics showing that IRS employees donated to Obama's campaign by more than 2 to 1 over Tea Party-tied Republicans — let alone that the prosecutor chosen by the president to look into this case is a fat-cat donor to Obama.  
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It's interesting to note that Rep. Darrell Issa of California announced Tuesday that a top FBI official suddenly won't cooperate with the House Oversight Committee after meeting with a top Justice Department political appointee. Issa says the FBI is stonewalling. 
Back in 1974, the IRS was fulsomely praised for resisting President Nixon's orders to investigate his political foes. Today, it's held some 100 White House meetings over the course of the Tea Party's political ascent and been caught red-handed persecuting them.
As for the FBI, its fall is even more disturbing. It was once was known for its squeaky clean image and willingness to enforce the law without fear or favor. 
Today, it's slid so far into the Washington morass it no longer considers law enforcement its prime mission. About a week ago, it quite questionably declared its top mission "national security" — an abrogation of its congressionally mandated mission. 
As such, can the public now trust the FBI or the IRS? 
"The growth of government has been accompanied by increasing cronyism that has undermined the rule of law and perceptions of fairness," wrote the Heritage Foundation in its latest ranking of global economic freedom, in which the U.S. fell out the top 10. 
If the FBI won't enforce the law anymore, who will?
 
The IRS scandal stinks all along the line. Obama's victory will always have an asterisk behind it. Using the IRS, EPA, and other alphabet soup federal organizations to intimidate donors and organizers, in an attempt to disrupt a rival's campaign is some of the most thuggish tactics used my modern American presidents. Obama is a disgrace.

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