J. Edgar Hoover's ghost haunts the FBI

Talk about corrupting government. Has anyone done a better job of turning the people's government into a vehicle for his own personal and ideological benefit than the agency's sainted founder, J. Edgar Hoover?

Well, there's Benedict Arnold who was a turncoat in the War of Independence. And possibly a few others.

But nothing in my lifetime until along came Crossfire

J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

Hurricane, the now discredited FBI investigation into  charges that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election.-

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz itemized numerous FBI screw-ups, so extensive that it gives legitimacy to speculation that the inspection was biased.

The comparison of today's FBI investigation with Hoover's FBI that surveilled Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others on the director's "commies" list was also was made by Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The comparison has stirred the far-left curia into action, issuing disbelieving how-could-he's and assorted condemnations against Graham.  An example is "Lindsey Graham can’t stop spinning and panting and disgracing himself — just like Trump"

Well, okay perhaps today's clear civil liberties violations were not as long-going and extensive as what Hoover did. But it essence it was the same. And the left's inability to see the legitimate comparison describes just how far partisan liberals have strayed from the democratic ideas of the 1960s that held Hoover with such contempt.

A investigative team in the FBI knowingly concocted fraudulent claims against the Trump campaign to obtain wiretapping warrants against a Trump campaign volunteer. Whether this was the intentional result of bias (and what other reason can explain such a remarkable series of screwups?) or it was just a series of accidents or bureaucratic errors, the victim was an American citizen (and CIA operative) whose rights were grossly violated.

Like Graham, I hope the victim, Carter Page, sues the hell out of the FBI and the Department of Justice.

Every time over the years that I have walked past the FBI's headquarters in Washington, D.C., I am amazed that Hoover's name still is on the building.

Now when I walk past it, I will think about this recent, disgraceful episode in the FBI's history. Might as well scrub Hoover's name off the building and call it the Crossfire Hurricane Building.

dennis@dennisbyrne.net

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My historical novel: Madness: The War of 1812

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