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Friday, December 15, 2017

Good Cop, Bad Cop

It has been suggested that bad cops are only a small percentage of the overall force and that the good cops should not be judged by the actions of the few. I would argue that if the bad cops are a small percentage of the force, why can they not be confronted and dealt with, if even on a personal, non-administrative way by the good cops? It happens in business all the time.

The fact is, the good cops hide behind the actions of the bad cops to be occasionally bad themselves, when it suits them and when they think they are justified. The good cops really don't even know what being a good cop is. They think that if they are not a bad cop they are a good cop, but that doesn't wash. At best, they are neutral cops, but by accepting and tolerating bad cops, they become bad cops themselves. It is and must be (pun intended) necessarily a self-policing responsibility. The fact that many of these police forces are not self-policing leads directly to the proliferation of bad cops either by their own actions or by the inaction of others.

So, when the FBI comes under scrutiny at the highest levels for corruption, corruption so complete that many of the most corrupt don't even recognize their corruption as such, why would any local PD be any different? The purpose of putting police organizations under the control of elected officials (the theory of it anyway) is to give the citizens a means of applying pressure against the most heavily armed people in our midst. But, red flags start flashing as Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggests that Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, is a man of conscience and integrity, knowing that he was hip-deep in the corruption, it can only reflect on issues with Sessions himself.

I don't think you can save the FBI. Whether it was always a soft sort of Stasi, or has recently gone off the deep end, or both these people, Comey, Rosenstein, Mueller, Strzok, McCabe (the list keeps getting longer and longer) took it as their own personal deep state vendetta apparatus. They used it to institutionalize  a power structure by which they could determine and ultimately benefit from providing a path to the White House. That's a valuable card to have in one's hand when playing big-stakes political poker.

Okay, I know, go back to the 1960 Presidential election and J. Edgar Hoover and this has been done many times. That's why the 1960's TV show with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. had to be conceived and used as propaganda to make it unassailable to the public. I am not suggesting that all of this is new and never before seen, but it is never before exposed information about the actual inner workings of the FBI.

Most of us go back to Randy Weaver in our disdain for the FBI, or Waco, or their cover up of the circumstances of the Oklahoma City bombing all of which remained obscure to the populace. This, even in order to restore some version of the FBI's reputation, must include a wholesale housecleaning. And, with Eric Holder threatening a violent overthrow of the government (I don't see how his statement can be taken any other way) should Mueller be removed from the investigation tells you how much Mueller knows about the Obama Administration and their dirty dealings. It appears to be a race to manufacture evidence against Trump before the FBI, along with Holder, Clinton and Obama are serving prison sentences.

Here is where the good cops should come in, if there are any. This is where the agency is saved by the dedicated, honest people of integrity who have had enough and throw themselves to the lions if need be to expose this corrupt, violent, power-mad agency and all of those who have used it as such and benefited from its corruption. But, that relies heavily on those government agents of sterling character, who exist only in fantasy and Tom Clancy novels.

Check out Matt Bracken's view of this on the DVD or almost 2 years ago.

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