By guest blogger Delf A. “Jelly” Bryce [See Biography]
[May 8, 2018] Greetings. I’m new to General Satterfield’s leadership blog so he thought it right to say a few words about myself. First, I was a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 20 years. Second, I firmly believe in the rule of law, a non-political and independent FBI, and in the United States of America. If you are an American and cannot agree with that last statement, then you need to get out of the country now (but I know you won’t). American is the greatest nation on Earth and those who work at the FBI are part of an exceptional network of law enforcement people who want to keep it that way. Does that make me biased? Yep and proud of it. Ten years prior to joining the FBI, I was a U.S. Navy Intelligence officer.
Okay, here we go with my main point today. This is an opinion piece.
Most Americans don’t know of nor even understand the interworkings of the FBI; nor should they. What you need to know is that the FBI is a professional organization and like any other successful one they have had a long track-record of exceptional leadership and highly skilled men and women that work there. That’s the positive side of the FBI. The downside to this is that senior leaders currently at the FBI have become politicized and they are as much a threat to ffreedom-lovingAmericans as any foreign enemy. I’m not refereeing to former FBI Director James Comey or some of the others who are now gone but to many in senior positions that are still there and are smart enough lay low and not get caught obstructing a professional FBI.
What you’ve probably know by now is that the FBI has also become a partisan battleground since much has been published about this sad state of affairs. I will tell you why but you will not like it and probably won’t believe me. The reason is that under President Obama, he had a completely hands-off philosophy toward the mission of the FBI; in other words, he let others in his staff do what they wanted and involved the FBI in actions they should have never agreed. Now, I blame James Comey for that. He was a weak man who should have known better. I had respect for him but that is now all gone. For someone in such a high position and who is very smart, he failed us totally. The sad part is, he knows it but since his ego is so big, he will do everything to deny it and blame others for his own personal failure.
If you have lost trust in the FBI, you are not alone because most of the average Joe (and Jane) have also. The scandal brewing here (and it’s a big scandal) is that senior FBI officials plotted to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for federal crimes she committed. To make matters worse, it was planned by these same FBI leaders to set-up Donald Trump if he by chance did get elected and blame it on his collusion (whatever that means) with the Russians to “steal” the presidency. The level of insult to the American people is so outrageous that it pales in believability. Not since the FBI deep-sixed evidence during the Watergate scandal has the head of the FBI been so discredited. Read my lips on this one, the FBI is in decline.
Don’t believe me … I don’t care. Why? Because the facts are coming out, too slow for my blood but it is happening. More at another time on what my current friends at the FBI are telling me about the interworkings of the FBI.