The FBI in Decline: an Update

By | September 29, 2020

[September 29, 2020]  A little over two years ago, I gave you some insight into the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where I worked for nearly 20 years.  My point?  The FBI was and is today in severe decline as measured by its internal politicization, particularly the hyper-partisanship activities of its senior officers.  I’m sad to report this to you.  I had high hopes for FBI Director Chris Wray when he took over from fired-Director James Comey back in 2017.  It is not a good thing for alumni of the FBI to see its most tenured officers succumb to leftist political leanings, willingness to be involved in illegal political activities, and outright unethical behavior.  We have not had a decent FBI director for over 20 years.

The average American gives us a lot of credit for what we do at the FBI and our past successes have been phenomenal and worthy of great praise.  Americans trust the FBI, well … at least that is how it used to be for our storied organization.  FBI leaders have consumed all the goodwill of our citizens by sacrificing our name and credibility on the altar of politics.  Don’t get me wrong here, please; the vast majority of FBI agents and staff continue to do yeoman’s work – continuing the day to day effort needed to keep us safe.  The problem we now have is that many of those same political agents have gone underground to await the time they can sabotage another one of our “political opponents.”  That is, of course, not just not our job but is an abomination to our mission to “Protect the American people and uphold the Constitution.”

I also spent 10 years as a U.S. Naval Intelligence officer, so I’m not new to the intell business.  I know many people, both current and retired from the Naval Intell service as well as the FBI.  The two organizations have similar missions and similarly trained and motivated personnel.  So why has the FBI been going downhill so quickly?  President Barack Obama didn’t do his job to make sure the FBI remained a professional organization.  I could talk about his failure for days but suffice it to say that Obama gave Comey inappropriate missions, and Comey was too weak morally and lacked the courage to stand up and say “no” to the President.

The only practical solution to correcting the significant deficiencies of the FBI would be to clean out the partisans and to put new, highly-aggressive, non-partisan leaders in charge.  We recommended this to President Trump, but he chose instead to put another tenured, mild-mannered man in charge.  We needed a radical change.  But you cannot put such a man at the head of the FBI and except quick, significant results.  At least you cannot expect changes that will benefit the American people.  At the rate Director Wray is going, we will not see results until the next century.  Yes, I realize the risks involved with fast change. Still, I do believe the American people deserve both the identification of political FBI leaders and their termination, as well as a public report on how this is being done.  We need an update.  We are not getting it, and Director Wray is plodding along like the iceberg that crushed the Titanic.  I, for one, would not want to be on the FBI ocean liner.

Author: Delf A. "Jelly" Bryce

Biography: Delf A. “Jelly” Bryce is a recently-retired senior agent of the United States’ FBI. The name used here, however, is not his real name because what he tells us might be confidential in nature (although not classified). But since he is revealing information that can be embarrassing to the FBI, he does not want to be personally identified and to harm his friends still working there. What I am allowed to say is that Agent Bryce was born in Oklahoma and is an expert shot with his service pistol.

29 thoughts on “The FBI in Decline: an Update

    1. old warrior

      “I don’t remember.” He He He, that is what Comey’s name should be changed to. He is a worm! Traitor! and typical Leftist Commie!

  1. Greg Heyman

    The current troubles we are having with both the FBI and the DOJ were put in place by the Obama-BIden-leftists team that ran rampant for 8 years without being checked. Now we pay the price. It takes longer to undo a real problem than it does to create it. Keep trying to put this house back in order. Director Wray of the FBI has got to go before any real meaningful changes are made.

  2. Wendy Holmes

    Well written Jelly. Thank you so much for you allowing us to a quick look into the workings of the FBI at the higher level. Any president should be careful to ensure that any politicization of the FBI not occur like it did under Obama.

    1. ZB22

      True enough but it takes courage. And courage is something that ex-Dir Comey did not have. He was simply too lazy and too corrupted to have done anything about it. He is also a LIAR.

    2. Newbie Yunger

      I only wish Mr. bryce would write more about the FBI, especially given the problems they are having today.

  3. Shawn C. Stolarz

    Once again, Bryce, you do not disappoint. We can only get a glimpse inside the FBI by reading your works not by reading the media (who are grossly biased against anyone who doesn’t believe in “blaming the USA” for every little thing that happens in the world that is wrong. The FBI leadership needs to pull their collective heads out of their arses.

  4. Dale Paul Fox

    Americans need a professional FBI. We don’t have it. We pay for it and deserve it now.

    1. Tony B. Custer

      Yes, I’m sure the Trump is waiting until after the election to go after the corruption on a broader, stronger scale. His first task is to get rid of Director Wray and put someone in charge like Pompeo did for State. Keep up your insights and letting us know about them, Jelly.

  5. Nick Lighthouse

    Well written, hard hitting, and to the point. I only wish this was not occurring. The depth of the FBI corruption must run really really deep for it to take them so long to come out of their decline. I’m sad to hear things are not getting much better. The American people deserve better.

    1. Dead Pool Guy

      Ha Ha Ha Ha — you are just too much, old warrior. I agree with you fully but the radical leftists in the media and in Congress are protecting him.

  6. Willie Shrumburger

    “President Barack Obama didn’t do his job to make sure the FBI remained a professional organization. ”
    Best quote of the article.

  7. Janna Faulkner

    I just love your hard-hitting articles, Mr. Bryce. Keep them coming our way. I’m a big fan of yours since your first article two years ago.

    1. Delf A. "Jelly" Bryce

      Thank you Janna for your kind words and to all others here who have taken their time to make such wonderful comments.

      1. lydia truman

        I’m one of your biggest fans (literally since I’m weight-challenged). Thank you again for your insights into the professional decline of the FBI. Let’s all pray things get turned around. I know it takes time but jeesh, it is taking too long.

    2. Gil Johnson

      I agree. Thanks Mr. Bryce. I also like the fact that you were in the US Navy. Thanks for your service there too.

  8. Jonnie the Bart

    Americans deserve an update on this scandal within the FBI and DOJ (which was not covered). Hey, Mr. Bryce, please write something about the DOJ, they were also complicit.

    1. Joe Omerrod

      Yes, good suggestion. What was the DOJ’s role in the biggest scandal in American history?

    2. Kenny Foster

      Excellent point about the DOJ but remember it was all our intell services. Obama was directly responsible but he will never admit it because that is what socialist do, they blame others for their own personal failings. Obama takes credit for what goes right and blames others for what goes wrong. You gotta love that type of philosophy.

  9. Max Foster

    Hi Jelly, great article about the FBI. It’s been a while since you wrote for Gen. Satterfield. I know it is truly sad what has happened to the FBI – especially under Pres Obama. Too bad he let it go to ruins thanks to Comey who is surely weak and morally crooked.

    1. Roger Yellowmule

      Crooked Comey. This is what happens when your moral compass gets screwed up by listening to Marxist ideology. Comey failed. And that will be one of the biggest events in American history. His name will be up there with Benedict Arnold.

      1. Dennis Mathes

        Great leaders understand morality, Comey did not. Good that Pres Trump fired him. Now the narcissist is mad because his “feelings were hurt.” Wahhhh ….

      2. Yusaf from Texas

        Good comment Roger. I’m sure there are many reasons the FBI is in decline and it is not just Dir. Comey but others who enabled his bad behavior. First that comes to mind is President Obama. Obama could have easily stopped it but he left the details up to his fanatical underlings.

    2. Otto Z. Zuckermann

      Comey helped make America less safe, especially the ordinary citizen. He failed us and the FBI failed us.


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