Archive for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Letter to the editor: No decency

January 30, 2018


To the editor:

Several GOP congressmen, in particular Sen. Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, are disseminating false information about the FBI, trying to hurt its reputation as Special Counsel Robert Mueller gets closer to the Oval Office. Disgusting. Johnson even is implying with no evidence that a “secret society” exists that meets with the aim of a “coup d’état” to take down the president. Friends, this is dangerous and signals to the world that something nefarious is occurring here — indeed a threat to our democracy.

Remember a certain Sen. Joseph McCarthy, also of Wisconsin, in the 1950s (I’m old enough to remember) who found Communists under every bed post? He eventually was drummed out of Congress after being confronted in a hearing by the Army’s chief legal representative, who asked, “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?”

Well, watch for this effort to be intensified in the coming weeks by right wing blogs and networks that disseminate such information — and don’t be fooled.


Bob Smith 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Keep beating that drum overturn the results of the 2016 election, Richard. It is most amusing to watch.

Ken Lassman 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Off topic, Bob. Stop obsessing about the election--get over it already, OK? Richard's talking about the Trump Administration's activities and efforts to divert the attention away from those actions in case you hadn't noticed. Or is diverting attention away what you're trying to do too?

Josh Berg 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I do not see any false information being put out there about the FBI. All I saw was the director going to Capitol Hill to read the memo and then firing his 2nd in charge an hour later.

Greg Cooper 2 months, 2 weeks ago

If false information was a rotten fish, Jason, you'd eat it with joy.

Richard Aronoff 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The letter writer should be working for CNN. The "secret society" comment referred to that term being used in one of the text messages between an FBI agent and his mistress. The congressman said that he didn't know if something like that existed but since the term was used he wanted to know what was meant.

As for Mueller, he has no conflict of interest regarding any Russian investigation. But if he is pursuing an obstruction of justice charge relating to the firing of James Comey, he has a massive conflict of interest based on his past relationship with Comey.

Keep in mind that 28 USC 528 refers to a personal conflict or "the appearance thereof" which would disqualify him from investigating an obstruction charge involving his former protege.

Dick Sengpiehl 2 months, 3 weeks ago

This letter writer knows about the origin of the comment too. However, the point is that certain ultra conservatives are trying their best to make some connection to the FBI with the intention of discrediting them in some way when the final report is issued by Mueller. Unfortunately, there are many Americans who are into conspiracy theories and will believe almost anything to support their cause.

Glen Stovall 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh --the great defenders of law and order attacking law enforcement--- FBI and our intelligence agencies----to defend a serial sex offender and racist POTUS. Amazing! Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi!!!

Marc Wilborn 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Rumor is that Wray fired McCabe because it is clear from testimony and memo that McCabe may have instructed agents to alter interview documents resulting in McCabe's firing yesterday. Maybe right, maybe wrong who knows. Gonna be an interesting couple of weeks.

Glen Stovall 2 months, 3 weeks ago

"Rumor"---you mean the lies from republicans and Fox news attacking our democracy to protect this horrible crook?

Phillip Chappuie 2 months, 3 weeks ago

So many of the news sources clearly state that McCabe stepped down. As in quit. Resigned. How does that shake with the comments stating that he was fired? Big difference there boys but I know how the ultra right can't resist a good mash of a statement.

Marc Wilborn 2 months, 3 weeks ago

McCabe already leaving and just running out his time until March. Left yesterday and using vacation until actual retirement. The appropriate term would be asked to leave, like in now.

Gary Stussie 2 months, 3 weeks ago

News is reporting that FBI Director had two senior FBI officials review the controversial Republican staff memo alleging abuses of government surveillance programs during the 2016 presidential campaign .... adding that the officials “could not point to any factual inaccuracies.”

Amazing to see all the lefties on this site start making excuses before they even see the extent of the FBI/DOJ misdeeds.

Further, based on the year of whining about the Trump election, I can't imaging the goings-on if the situation were reversed, and the DEMs had been on the receiving end of illegal government monitoring.

Wanna bet MaCabe is up to his eyeballs in this mess?

Glen Stovall 2 months, 3 weeks ago

What's even more amazing is that republicans supporting this serial sex offending racist POTUS fall for yet another made up "scandal"----without seeing the evidence!---again! Time after time and "scandal" after "scandal" you fall for this crap and when it turns out to be made-up crap you just go on to the next "scandal" and believe it like none of the other 100 ever existed. Sad

Marc Wilborn 2 months, 2 weeks ago

McCabe under FBI investigation for sitting on emails found on Weiner laptop.

Keep dreaming.

Gary Stussie 2 months, 3 weeks ago

BTW ... 4 page Memo was released to Congress. Available in Congressional SCIF (secure space) for review. Democrats are covering the airwaves condemning the memo ... as of yesterday, 190 REPs have reviewed memo, 18 DEMs !!!

Steve Hicks 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes, McCabe had already put in to retire in March. He decided to leave earlier: his own decision. It's a lie that he was "fired."

His involvement in the Hilary e-mail investigation was above-board, and by-the-book. He asked the FBI ethics office to rule if his wife's political activities constituted a conflict-of-interest before he took part in the investigation, and was told they did not.

Believing that partisan conspiracy is the entire motive of every person's every some people we know mental disease. It destroys the trust between people, on which a strong society is based: and that is by definition sociopathy.

If I refuse to believe a Mexican-American judge can give just rulings for anglos like me, or that a public official can do his job honestly if he (or his wife) is of a different political belief than mine, I believe myself a victim, not a member, of "society." So sociopaths delight in doing harm (as they perceive, "back") to society.

Sociopaths usually project onto society their own character, a belief that everyone else is as dishonest as they are. Nixon justified plotting dirty tricks against his (self-perceived) "enemies," convinced that's what "they" were doing to him. The current president similarly believes his "enemies" are as corrupt and lying as he is himself.

By definition, sociopaths' perceptions are distorted. The reality of society the rest of us live in is that most judges give rulings according to law (not their ethnicity), most public officials do their job ethically (not according to their politics), and most (real) journalists strive for factuality (not an ideological bias).

Probably most honest people prefer reality to the partisan-conspiracy worldview. And I think we can have a lot of faith that reality is stronger than delusion.

Paul Youk 2 months, 3 weeks ago

McCabe was pressured and forced out, because Wray was pressured to fire him. Officially, it was McCabe's decision, but you're blind if you don't realize that GOP/Trump interference and their lying, distorting hit jobs--their misdirection and attacking the investigators because they are guilty as sin--that is behind this.

To everyone that isn't a Trumpie hooplehead, Trump exposed his hand yesterday.

The House voted 419-3 to enact Russian sanctions, and Senate voted 98-2. However, when the law said it was time to enact sanctions, Trump said, 'nah, we're good and going to ignore that law'. Why? Because he is Putin's asset. The reason that Trump's foreign policy is almost in lock-step with the Kremlin's wishes is because the POTUS is compromised by a foreign enemy.

The response of GOP in Congress? Eh, lets shrug and just try to pass more donor and corporate friendly policy. Complicit, and shirking their constitutional duties.

The lack of checks and balances between Executive Branch and Legislative Branch has left us in a Constitutional crisis. The People had better correct that in 2018, our democracy is in peril.

Brock Masters 2 months, 2 weeks ago

The FBI has demonstrated they are capable of targeting people and abusing power. Look at the Hoover era - MLK jr. was targeted so if the FBI has abused their power in the past it is conceivable they will do it again.

Steve Hicks 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Which is why procedures were put in place, after Nixon's blatant misuse of intelligence agencies for his sordid political purposes, to give Congress greater oversight of those agencies: which Trump is now blatantly misusing for his sordid political purposes.

Gary Stussie 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Let me see if I understand this... Nixon misused intelligence resources so Congress was given greater oversight (BTW I remember the liberal outrage at "Nixon's misuse") ... now you are suggesting that Trump is misusing the Congressional oversight resources for political purposes because they released a Memo which shed light on DOJ/FBI collusion with DNC/HRC ?

I'm thinking we all should be concerned that heavy hitters in several elements of our government (IRS, DOS, DOJ, FBI, CIA ) were colluding with a political party ... any political party! ... and you just seem intent on using the issue to further bash the Trump Administration.

Steve Hicks 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Which is to say, Brock, the Hoover-era FBI's modes of operation were radically changed, by law, almost 50 years ago. It's a false argument to imply the FBI today does, or could do, what the FBI did then.

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