Do Americans Trust the FBI and Why It Matters
Why do the actions of a few seem to ruin the reputation for the many? The lack of transparency and political bias at the top echelon of the FBI, that is unfolding in the public eye, is deepening the public’s mistrust of the Federal Bureau of Investigations. With the recent news that the FBI somehow “lost” five months worth of text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the public is in an uproar and severely in unbelief as to how these messages were supposedly lost. Sadly, it is stories such as these that deepen negative public perception of those in law enforcement who strive to serve the public and do a good job.
Everyday, men and women of the profession work hard to protect the innocent, while they sacrifice much and sometimes they sacrifice all. It is a shame that scandals such as these may cause damage to how the many good LEOs are perceived. When there are headlines in the news and Congressional leaders such as Representative Trey Gowdy stating, “that is a level of bias that is stunning among law enforcement officers,” unknown damage to LEOs public perception is undoubtedly caused. However there are questions that must be asked.
Rep. Gowdy further stated,
We need to know a couple of things. Number one we need to know how the world’s premier law enforcement agency managed to lose five months worth of texts. And what is also troubling in the text we do have they’re discussing how to avoid texts being captured and secured. So what is missing is important but also what is there is important. It is manifest bias not just against Trump, but against his kids, against his business interests. There is a text where they hope the Trump Hotel fails. That is a level of bias that you rarely see and you never see from law enforcement officers. What is also troubling to me is this text that Johnny Ratcliffe found last night about this secret society. Now, I have no clue what that means because it was not the phraseology I used. But it’s the day after the election and it’s the same two people that were discussing a little bit later in the text the damage they had done with the Clinton investigation and how they could, quote, fix it and make it right. That is a level of bias that is stunning among law enforcement officers.
Here are the details of the text message scandal that is currently rocking the FBI. According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, “After reviewing the voluminous records on the FBI’s servers, which included over 50,000 texts, the Inspector General discovered the FBI’s system failed to retain text messages for approximately 5 months between December 14, 2017 to May 17, 2017.”
It is this specific five month time period of missing text messages, between Strzok and Page, who wrote frequently to one another about the investigation, that are critical to those investigating potential biases and misdeeds potentially at the highest offices of the FBI and DOJ. During this time, Trump took office of the President, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was fired whom Strzok interviewed, the Fusion GPS/Christopher Steele Trump Dossier was released, FBI Director James Comey was fired, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Strzok and Page both served for a short time on Mueller’s team.
With everyone questioning how the FBI supposedly lost five months worth of text messages, this is the explanation that has been given. “The FBI has informed the Department of Justice that many FBI-provided Samsung 5 mobile devices did not capture or store text messages due to misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities,” Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd wrote in a statement to the Senate Homeland Security Committee. When questioned if this had been an issue for other text messages on other FBI-provided Samsung 5 mobile devices the FBI replied, “no comment.”
Previous released text messages between Strzok and Page who were engaged in an extra-marital affair have already demonstrated they detested then candidate Trump and supported Hillary Clinton. Their text also showed that they feared Trump’s election and the two discussed an “insurance policy,” a plan hatched in “Andy’s office” in case he won. It is believed that “Andy” is referring to Andrew McCabe of the FBI. On Friday, 384 more pages of text messages were released by the Justice Department to Congress. The Justice Department Inspector General is looking for whether a political bias tainted either the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign or the Clinton email investigation.
It is scandals such as these that damage the reputation of the FBI and those who serve in law enforcement. The FBI’s reputation is still reeling in the public eye after the way the Las Vegas Massacre is was handled, which appeared to be a clear cover up to most. Many Americans, only several months after our nations largest mass murder are questioning what really happened and do not buy the given story that one man, Stephen Paddock was responsible for such an evil act.
The FBI mission statement:
The mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners: and to perform these responsibilities in a manner that is responsive to the needs of the public and is faithful to the Constitution of the United States.
While this is clearly the mission for the majority of those who serve under the FBI, actions by some do not uphold this mission statement. Yet these actions of the few are the actions that are front and center in the news and the American public.
When public perception of those in Law Enforcement is damaged it can be disheartening. However, there will always be people in every organization whether it’s public or private that are corrupt and self-serving. It is their actions that show who they really are, and the actions of those who persevere to do good who shine a light for all to see.
For at the end of the day, each of us will remember those who affected our life for the better and we will be thankful for that person or people. Yet for those who used their positions to cause harm to others, they are the ones who will carry that with them. Men and Women that hold the Thin Blue Line never grow weary of doing what is good and run with perseverance the race that is marked out before you. Never lose faith, hope or love. In the end, really and truly, the public’s perception of you won’t be what matters.
– Marjorie Greene