FBI taking a helluva hit this year...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

FBI taking a helluva hit this year...

...and the year isn't even eight weeks old yet!

First it's the intimate lovers' exchanges between Bureau Special Agent Peter Strzok and Lisa Page... 50,000 of them so far... that called into question the legitimacy of the FBI's investigation into then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unsecured E-mail server, as well as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible Trump Presidential campaign collusion with Russian intelligence agencies.

There there's the "stepping aside" of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe following revelations about hundreds of thousands of donated dollars that his wife, a Democrat, received for her failed 2015 Virginia state Senate bid from a political action committee controlled by a close friend of Hillary Clinton.

Then this morning, following the horrific school shooting by Nikolas Cruz in south Florida, it was learned that in September of 2017 video blogger Ben Bennight saw something on a YouTube video he'd created, and dutifully said something to the FBI about the alarming comment:

"I'm going to be a professional school shooter."

The FBI Mississippi field office got back to him and conducted an in-person interview the next day. Bennight by this time had contacted YouTube administrators and had the comment removed.

At a late morning news briefing in Florida, FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Lasky confirmed that the FBI had investigated last September's YouTube comment but asserted that the agency couldn't identify the person who'd posted the comment.

Not for nuthin' but the person in question had identifyied himself as "Nikolas Cruz."

In law enforcement circles, that's known as "a clue."

The once vaunted Federal Bureau of Investigation has some image-rebuilding to do.


1. Jim Cordo said...

Well said Dean.

Thanks, Jimbo... note that was written and posted a whole day before the agency admitted that they completely dropped the ball on a citizen's alert in January!

2. Champ19 said...

So, what was the FBI going to do about him? Arrest him for legally buying and owning firearms? Arrest or detain him for suspicion?

I don't think so. Watch him? What does that mean? Have an agent trail him forever? Get serious. This can and will happen again in this country anytime anywhere.

Interview the subject and those around him, determine if a mental health referral is indicated. But you follow up!

As for the likelihood or a repeat event or copycat(s), I agree... but we know that calls for firearms prohibitions aren't the answer.
– Dean

3. Champ19 said...

Calls for prohibitions don't work, ageeed. Voting for prohibitions is gaining traction since this tragedy. Remember, those 16 year old students in Florida and the effect of social media are yet to be fully felt. However, if I were the NRA I would be trying to change my message. I want to keep my firearms, but unless the NRA and the mindless acceptance of its dogma refuse to accept the coming sea change in attitudes all firearm owners will be faced with prohibition. Not in my lifetime, I am 73 , but you can put money on it, this carnage will end. Australia banned firearms and this country will also. Just keep it up NRA.

Prohibitions? Nah!

The shooting in South Florida was terrible... and eminently avoidable! The media is aggressively promoting this highly emorional teenage outcry, and would love nothing better that to lather up a five million natiobal youth demonstration next month, but c'mon! Some will attend because it'll be "fashionable," but teenage attention spans being what they are, I'm not overly concerned.

Australia? Feh!

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