by Daveda Gruber:
The ghosts in the J. Edgar Hoover building to field offices around the country, must have turned to haunting some of the new and old members who work there.
There is a crisis of confidence as rank-and-file agents and top brass are now in an on-going political fight.
Former FBI Assistant Director Ron Hosko said, “In my experience, I can’t say I know of any parallel to what is going on now.”
Not acting on a tip that might have stopped Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz, brought the critical errors to light.
Was the FBI too consumed with the Russia probe as President Trump has indicated?
Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
The DOJ triumphantly announced Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation had indicted 13 Russian nationals while Trump stressed that the case did not show collusion with his campaign.
Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14th.
Ignored warnings about Cruz were particularly painful, because there were two such admissions in the case.
It quickly emerged that a YouTuber had warned the FBI someone sharing the same name had said he wanted to be a “professional school shooter” back in September.
On Friday it was revealed that another tipster had given the bureau an even more specific warning on January 5th, and that had also been ignored.
Hosko said, “This kid was flashing red and the system failed. The FBI has had its piece in that and it’s a significant piece.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray was selected by Trump to bring stability to the bureau after he fired James Comey. Wray has vowed to get “to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter.”
Florida Governor Rick Scott has different ideas. He’s had enough. In his view, Wray, who was just installed as the bureau’s new leader on Sept. 28th, believes Wray has to go.
Scott said, “An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain. The families will spend a lifetime wondering how this could happen, and an apology will never give them the answers they desperately need.”
It is my opinion that Wray didn’t get the information and whoever did should have acted and brought it to the attention of others. That is where blame lies.
The Florida shooting isn’t the only case currently generating questions about what the FBI knew, and when.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a convicted terrorist, was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison. His father says he raised concerns about his son to the FBI two years before the detonations, which injured 30, but nothing ever came of it.
Mohammad Rahami said, “After two months, they call me.”
The FBI told him, “Oh, your son is not doing any act like a terrorist.”
Rahami said, “You sure he not doing anything?”
The FBI agent replied, “Yeah, that’s good news.”
In Washington, a shakeup of bureau leadership in recent weeks has led to the departure of Andrew McCabe and James Rybicki, Wray’s chief of staff.
This comes after months of conflict-of-interest complaints from Trump and Republicans.
McCabe , who has been questioned for his ties to the Democratic Party, was “removed” from his post and will no longer be reporting to work at the FBI. His wife, a Democrat, ran for a Virginia Senate seat in 2015 and had her campaign financially boosted by a group linked to the Clinton family friend Terry McAuliffe.
Trump had tweeted in December:
.@FoxNews-FBI’s Andrew McCabe, “in addition to his wife getting all of this money from M (Clinton Puppet), he was using, allegedly, his FBI Official Email Account to promote her campaign. You obviously cannot do this. These were the people who were investigating Hillary Clinton.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2017
How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017
Hosko says Trump’s weekend criticism of the FBI is an obvious response to the pressure he’s facing from the Robert Mueller-led probe and his comments “are made to delegitimize the FBI’s effort and support for the Russia investigation.
Hosko said, “He has the Twitter box in his hand. I think that amplifies his commentary about the FBI.”
Hosko also says that as long as the FBI keeps making mistakes such as the “catastrophic” Florida one or the “embarrassing” text message exchanges between peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two former members of Mueller’s team, the hits against the agency will keep coming.
Hosko added, “It’s a part of this conversation. It allows the president, gives him the ammunition, to say what the hell is going on with the FBI?”
I could not agree more. I’ve always thought that the FBI was an agency above reproach. All that changed with the ‘Russian probe’ and everything that keeps fueling the inept way that they handle people who try to inform them of potential murderous activities being plotted.
Keep in mind, this was Comey’s FBI. It was/still is full of corruption. Now things are starting to change but change comes slowly. The people who work at the FBI, but are either too lazy to complete a job or are not qualified to handle tips from civilians, should be replaced.
Whatever happened to, “If you see or hear anything suspicious, report it.” I guess if I reported anything, I’d still be waiting for them to do something.