I've been listening to the talking heads on both sides of the political ravine jabbering on about FBI Director Comey's firing. They are all saying that the FBI is not or should not be "political." It is unbelievable that they could say this with a straight face and stands as evidence that learning history is not a requirement of being a member of Congress or of getting in the mainstream media as an "expert" these days.
The very creation of the FBI was an illegal political act by President Theodore Roosevelt, and it has been all about politics ever since. The one thing the FBI is not, however, is "constitutional." There is no such provision in the Constitution.
So how did this happen? In answer, it happened completely outside of federal law and the U.S. Constitution. Then President Theodore Roosevelt proposed his federal bureau of investigation to Congress in 1907, and was promptly advised that no such federal power existed in the U.S. Constitution and was, therefore, precluded as a power of the federal government by the Tenth Amendment.
Undaunted by constitution, law (or Congress), former prosecutor Roosevelt created his own investigation force by issuing an executive order--a power you will also not find in the US Constitution--but one that has since been used by his successors to create 16 illegal spy agencies, which also--not surprisingly--report directly to the White House and whichever political hack is then in power.
Roosevelt put his chief political operative and attorney general, Charles J. Bonaparte, in charge of his "federal bureaus of investigation" and Bonaparte, the great nephew of Napoleon, quickly proved his "bureau" to be nothing but political.
His agents known as "Dickies" were promptly caught breaking into the capitol building office of President Roosevelt's chief congressional opponent, Senator Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman, and going through his mail to find dirt for the president.
And the "Dicks" have been snooping through the mail and making cases against presidential opponents ever since.
Under President George Bush, as example, Democrats were investigated and prosecuted at a rate of 7:1 over Republicans, according to a Stanford University study. Under President Obama, the numbers simply reversed. Conservative groups and Republicans were investigated and prosecuted at approximately the same rate over their liberal and Democratic counterparts, 7:1.
When I hear these talking heads and politicos now babbling on about "integrity" and "independence" of the FBI, I find it humorous--in a sick sort of way. The true purpose of this agency was and always will be "political" as long as it reports to, and is controlled by, the nation's top politician, and these people have proven excellent at destroying the presidents' "political" opponents. In fact, I don't think any agency on earth today is better at it.
But how about their "integrity" in that process? The answer, unfortunately, is that they are largely without ethics or morality, as recent admissions also prove. Doing things honestly is not what they consider their job. Their job is to win for the president's team, not to seek "justice." That went out the window with Perry Mason.
And this is not idle speculation. I make this statement from years of personal experience, and from working on over 400 federal criminal cases between 2006-2012, many of which included involvement by the president's "FBI." I personally caught them falsifying 302 notes taken from witnesses--in many cases writing the exact opposite of what was actually said--stealing evidence without warrants, falsifying tapes and transcripts, fabricating evidence, threatening witnesses with federal prosecution of themselves and of their families if they did not give false testimony, and basically doing anything necessary to support the theory put forth by the presidentially appointed federal prosecutors--yes--the president controls them as well.
And the citizen-victims of this brutal force, in my experience, are usually held in violation of federal law and constitution. This is done in order to coerce a "voluntary" confession of guilt at any cost--legal or not--so a trial can be avoided at which the truth might accidentally be told. In 77.1% of federal cases, the citizen is never free for even a day between arrest and going to prison, though federal law requires them to be tried within 70 days or released on bail after 90 days, regardless of the charge. The FBI and Department of Justice simply ignore the law.
Those who are released--in my experience-- are only the very wealthy or the ones who take the "deal" to testify against other government targets or plead guilty, whether they committed any crime or not. This strategy works in 96% of cases today, though the U.S. Constitution still requires a public and speedy trial "in all criminal prosecutions."
And what of the 4% of federal cases that actually do go to trial? Here is the FBI's own admission to the Washington Post on April 18, 2015:
"The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000."
This particular article was about the FBI's hair analysis unit, but the bullet, fingerprint and blood analysis units have all been similarly discredited in recent years as nothing but shills for DOJ prosecutors. The evidence is bent (or fabricated) to match the prosecutor's theory rather than the truth. A win for the president's team is all that matters.
And who is over this Department of Justice that acts as the prosecuting arm of America's chief political hack? The same person who is over the FBI--the hack him (or her)self--the President of the United States.
Do not tell me that this is not "political." It was designed to be political and has always been so, as the statistics prove.
Starting to see the picture? Stay tuned. I've got a lot more for you from inside the system itself. I was in the belly of this beast for 7 years. I know its secrets.
Howell W. Woltz
Author of "The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to constitutional government." Read his new international bestseller on this topic, "Justice Restored: ending mass incarceration in America."
Born in North Carolina and educated at the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University and Caledonian University in Scotland, Howell now lives in Warsaw, Poland with his wife, Dr. Magdalena Iwaniec-Woltz. Howell is the European Correspondent for The Richardson Post and Chairman of The International Centre for Justice.