On August 8, for the first time in U.S. history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the residence of a former president, Donald J. Trump. That home invasion invites another first for America: a sudden and thorough search of FBI headquarters, with bureau bosses and their lawyers barred from the premises and from contact with anyone inside.
Under these conditions, a crack team of independent investigators, deploying the latest forensic and high-tech tools, could be turned loose on all FBI files and records. The first thing this team might uncover is recent FBI action in a high-profile whistleblower case. Back on February 21, 2020, Philip Haney, author of See Something Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad was “found deceased” in Amador County, California, killed by a gunshot to the chest. Despite rumors, Haney’s death was not a suicide.
The Amador sheriff, “reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist in analyzing documents, phone records, numerous thumb drives and a lap top that were recovered from the scene and Mr. Haney’s RV. Those items and numerous other pieces of evidence, were turned over to the FBI. The FBI has performed a forensic examination of these items. We expect to receive these reports within the next few weeks.” More than two years later, there is no news on Haney’s thumb drives, documents and laptop in FBI custody.
With the evasive Christopher Wray removed from the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building, independent investigators could retrieve this material and possibly develop leads in the Haney homicide case. Somebody had motive, means, and opportunity. As Rod Steiger said in In the Heat of the Night, “we have the body, which is dead.” If investigators establish that the FBI destroyed or altered evidence, that would make for an obstruction of justice case against those responsible, and any FBI bosses who signed off on it.
As the “Russiagate” campaign against candidate and President Trump confirmed, the FBI fabricates evidence, alters evidence, and declines to recommend prosecution for clear violations of federal law, such as Hillary Clinton’s retention of classified material on an unsecured server, destruction of subpoenaed emails, and deliberate destruction of electronic devices. Yet from James Comey on down, not a single member of the FBI suffered a criminal prosecution.
The bureau knew about Omar Mateen but in 2016 the FBI failed to prevent the Islamic State supporter from murdering 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. In 2015, the FBI failed to prevent Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik from murdering 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California. The FBI played no role in the takedown of the Islamic terrorists, accomplished by San Bernardino police with no loss of innocent life.
An independent investigation could establish whether the failure to stop the mass murders was simple incompetence. On the other hand, it could be the result of official policy that looks the other way at Islamic terrorism and targets patriotic Americans out to preserve their constitutional rights.
Back in 2009, the FBI picked up on communications between U.S. Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan and al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki. As Lessons from Fort Hood notes, the Washington office of the FBI did not assess Hasan “to be involved in terrorist activities.” As it turned out, he was.
On November 5, 2009, at Fort Hood, Texas, Hasan murdered 13 unarmed American soldiers, including Pvt. Francheska Velez, who was pregnant, and wounded more than 30 others. With access to all FBI records, independent investigators could reveal which FBI official called off the investigation of Hasan, a high-profile supporter of Osama bin-Laden.
The investigators could establish whether anyone in the FBI was disciplined, demoted, or fired over this deadly failure. It might also emerge whether politicians played any role, which could possibly lead to criminal charges, lawsuits and so forth.
The FBI is charged with counterintelligence and under J. Edgar Hoover the bureau did a decent job infiltrating the Communist Party USA. The FBI compiled a huge file on CPUSA member Frank Marshall Davis, an African American Stalinist who devoted most of his life to defense of an all-white Soviet dictatorship. Davis, who died in 1987, found his way onto the FBI’s security index, so it’s not out of line to classify him a Soviet agent.
Scholars such as Paul Kengor (The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor); David Garrow, (Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama); and filmmakers such as Joel Gilbert (Dreams from My Real Father) all spotted Davis as “Frank” in the 1995 Dreams from My Father. As Garrow noted, the book was a novel, not an autobiography or memoir, and the author was a “composite character.”
When the Dreams author ran for the U.S. Senate and president of the United States, did anybody in the FBI pick up on the Communist Frank? An independent investigation could provide answers to this important question.
In 2008, the composite character set out to achieve the fundamental transformation of the United States, already a top-heavy welfare state. In the composite character’s transformation, the outgoing president picks his successor and deploys the FBI and DOJ against the opposition. In this fundamental transformation, now on full display, the FBI acts as the American KGB, performing “special tasks” for the party in power.
Those tasks include arrests without trial, holding people in solitary confinement; confiscation of cell phones, as in the case of Rep. Scott Perry; denial of bail, and raiding the residence of former president Donald Trump. A full and independent investigation could shed light on these special operations. That will require help from those in the FBI who still show fidelity to the truth, along with the bravery and integrity to reveal it.
Such persons need full immunity and protection from reprisal. As the Philip Haney case shows, government whistleblowers can be found deceased in Amador County, California, killed by a gunshot to the chest. The people have a right to know what happened to this brave man.
The families of those killed at Fort Hood have a right to know who called off the investigation of Nidal Hasan. The loved ones of the San Bernardino and Orlando victims have a right to know why the FBI failed to stop terrorists before they could murder so many innocents.
These revelations will require the fundamental transformation of the United States of America into a nation where nobody is above the law, not even the Federal Bureau of Investigation.