This shocking report in The Washington Post sent chills down my spine:
"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."
I've known all of this for many years and experienced it personally long after the year 2000, so these words weren't what gave me chills but rather the fact that this was all finally being exposed by The Washington Post.
So how does the FBI -- this rogue agency -- continue in operation after this and other recent admissions of criminal conduct under color of law? Where are the hearings by the Judiciary Committee and the massive overturns of convictions illegally garnered by this tainted evidence and the even more tainted prosecutors who knowingly used it?
You might be surprised, and when one learns a little history of this outfit, it comes clear....
In 1907, then-U.S. Attorney General Charles Bonaparte (grandson of Napoleon Bonaparte) was caught using private agents to spy on public officials and targets of the Theodore Roosevelt Administration. Congress chastised the Administration for these acts.
Undeterred, President Roosevelt demanded that Congress set up a "federal bureau of investigation," which it refused to do, pointing out to the president that a national police force was unconstitutional. It was unconstitutional in 1907, and it still is today, so how did the FBI come to life outside of law?
The answer? "Illegally." In 1908, President Roosevelt created the bureau anyway, using another unconstitutional device known as an "executive order," which is quite common today, but like a national police force, there is no constitutional authorization for it. The Executive Branch cannot legislate from the White House, nor does any clause in Article II (Presidential Powers) allow such a thing as creating an agency without Congressional approval or specific constitutional authorization.
Within weeks of the FBI's creation, agents from this rogue outfit were caught going through South Carolina Senator Benjamin "Pitchfork" Tillman's mail, and they've been breaking the law for the Chief Executive ever since. Tillman was an opponent of the Roosevelt Administration and was targeted for political reasons. Allowing such unrestrained power to be controlled by the nation's chief politician was a very poor (and illegal) idea in 1908, and it is a horrible one in 2015 after seeing what it has become.
A century later, the current administration has been targeting conservative groups at the rate of roughly seven (7) Republicans to every one (1) Democrat according to recent Congressional hearings. If you think I'm picking on President Obama, I'm not; I'm picking on an unconstitutional agency, illegally acting under the control of a politician in the Executive Branch. For the record, President Obama's immediate predecessors, President George Bush's FBI and Department of Justice, targeted and prosecuted Democrats at the same rate (7:1), so its not the players I'm hating, it's their game.
The FBI is a blunt political tool, which has finally admitted what I saw while working on hundreds of criminal cases over a seven year period between 2006 and 2013. Evidence is fabricated or falsified to match the desired outcome of a prosecutor's theory rather than the facts, in almost every case. The FBI agents are simply told what the U.S. Attorney wants proven (U.S. Attorneys are also political appointees of the President) and the FBI then does whatever it has to do to match or fabricate the evidence to suit what the prosecutor wants. This is criminal conduct on the part of not only the FBI, but the 93 Offices of U.S. Attorney all over America, and it must stop.
There is no salvation for such incredibly lawless groups, especially ones which are responsible for wrongfully putting millions of Americans in jails and prisons for a century. How can any court in America now trust evidence from the FBI or charges from a politically appointed U.S. Attorney who knowingly uses this agency to pervert justice in our federal courts to serve his or her master in The White House?
The FBI simply needs to be disbanded. As Congress pointed out in 1907, a federal police force is unconstitutional. It was then and it is now. As for the Department of Justice, which has also been created outside of our Constitution and somehow come under control of the nation's chief politician, it should either be disbanded or moved to the control of the Judicial Branch to prevent further abuse as a political tool. We did quite well without it for much of our nation's history. If kept, The Department of Justice could be used solely to investigate criminals in government.... which may actually be a constitutional purpose for it.....and no doubt a much needed one.
This has all gone way too far, and it is time to get back to rule of law in this land. Yes. That's an idea. Back to Rule of Law. Back to the United States Constitution. We don't need a Revolution, we need a Devolution.
Vive la Devolution!
Howell W. Woltz, TEP
Author of: Justice Denied: the United States v. the People, and
The Way Back to America: a 10-step plan to restore the United States to constitutional government.
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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.