[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.