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Our Gutted and Gutless FBI: Fiction vs. Reality

I’ve written a number of novels in which I give the
Federal
Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) the benefit of the doubt. I cast the agency in
the role of an ally for justice and as a defender of individual rights and the
sanctity of property. FBI agents befriend my heroes, or my heroes befriend
them.  
Were I pen another novel today and involve the FBI
in the plot, the agency would be cast in a villainous role, because it has
become a tool and instrument of authoritarian political correctness and
enforcement. It would have no more moral or Constitutional legitimacy than does
the IRS, the EPA, the DEA, the FDA, or the HHS.
Nominally, as a federal enforcement agency that
reports to the Department of Justice, the FBI exists to:

protect and defend the United States, 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
Currently,
the FBI’s top priorities are:
  1. Protect the United States from terrorist attacks
  2. Protect the United States against foreign
    intelligence operations and espionage
  3. Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks
    and high-technology crimes
  4. Combat public corruption at all levels
  5. Protect civil rights
  6. Combat transnational/national criminal organizations
    and enterprises
  7. Combat major white-collar crime
  8. Combat significant violent
    crime
  9. Support federal, state, local and international
    partners
  10. Upgrade technology to successfully perform the FBI’s
    mission
The first novel in which I bring in an FBI agent is
Whisper
the Guns
, completed in 1977 but not published until 1992 by the
Atlantean Press, and then republished in 2011 by the Patrick Henry Press. An agent
flies to Hong Kong to “debrief” the hero, Merritt Fury, who has just broken up
a Red Chinese plot to corner the market on tungsten and caused consternation in
Washington and commodities market panic.
The next novel in which I present a sympathetic FBI
is Presence
of Mind
, finished in 1987, but not published until 2010 by Perfect Crime Books. In this
suspense novel, which pits private detective Chess Hanrahan against the State Department
and a Washington desire to uphold a “peace” treaty with the Soviet Union, the FBI
has been ordered to not investigate the murder of one of its agents because doing
so would throw a monkey wrench into Soviet-engineered rapprochement with the U.S.
 A “rogue” FBI agent nearing retirement
works with Hanrahan to identify the murderer. The killer turns out not to be
Soviet assassin, but a most unlikely “suit.”
Cyrus Skeen, private detective in San Francisco, in
The
Daedàlus Conspiracy
: A Detective novel of 1929
, first deals with the FBI,
then known as the Bureau of Investigation, when he tries to determine the
anarchist political affiliations of a man he suspects will attempt the
assassination of a U.S. Senator. The agency is very cooperative.
In The
Chameleon
: A Detective Novel of 1929
, set in San Francisco, in which
private detective Cyrus Skeen meets with FBI agents to learn what the agency might
know about Nazi activity
in the country. The National Socialist German Workers Party (the Nazis) had not
yet risen to power in Germany, and information about their activities in America
is scarce. It was not yet a political force to take serious cognizance of.  But the BOI does have a record of some
private publications that tout the Nazi ideology, and this information aids Skeen
in his investigations. The BOI does not solve the mystery; that is Skeen’s
accomplishment.
The next novel in which the BOI figures is The
Circles of Odin
: A Detective
Novel of 1929.
Skeen asks the Bureau if it has any information on a German
mystical cult that may have connections with the Nazis. Members of the cult
apparently have been murdering San Franciscans as sacrificial offerings to a
Nordic god.
In The Black Stone: A Detective Novel of 1930,
Skeen visits the BOI on Gough Street in San Francisco to see if the agency has
any information on the Muslim Brotherhood or any other Middle East organization.
Skeen is investigating the horrific murders of Jewish girl and a New York newspaper
reporter. The agency knows nothing about the Muslim Brotherhood and not much
more about Middle Eastern affairs.
Finally, the BOI turns up in A
Crimson Overture
: A Detective
Novel of 1930
, and again the private detective, Skeen, consults the BOI
about the extent of Soviet espionage in the U.S. and in particular in the San
Francisco Bay Area. A British spy has been murdered, but there is evidence that
she was assassinated by a Soviet mole. And in the course of the story, an FBI agent
is later murdered with an ice pick. Skeen and a handful of agents become allies
and friends.
That wouldn’t happen today. Not in any future novel
I might write.
When I was researching The Chameleon, there was some information I needed to learn but which
only the FBI could give me. Or so I thought. This was about where the BOI’s offices
were located in San Francisco, the size of its staff, and other minor details. I
contacted the local FBI office in Richmond, and posed my queries. With all the information
the Bureau collects and stores, surely, I thought, it would know where its
offices were located around the country in any given period. The Richmond office
in turn contacted FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. A hush-hush telephone conference
was scheduled for me with two agents and a monitor at headquarters.  
The whole exercise of agency caution was pointless,
and, from my perspective, utterly fruitless. Nobody knew anything, not where
the BOI was located in San Francisco in 1929, how big the office and staff were,
and so on.  If there were records of
correspondence between headquarters and regional offices, they were probably molding
in a cardboard box in some warehouse. I had the same problem with locating the
British, German, and French consulates in the city in Skeen’s time. Nobody knew
anything, not Washington, not London, not Berlin, not Paris, not their
embassies, and not any of their current consulates. I wound up having to scour
the Internet and resort to the local library and old newspaper files to find
the information about the BOI and the consulates. I found it all, but with no
assistance from any these government entities. Invaluable starting points were
the San Francisco telephone directories from 1929 and 1930. From those I followed
what seemed like an endless trail of connecting dots until I got the answers I needed.

The occasion for this divorce (à la Islam: “I divorce thee! I divorce thee! I divorce thee!” – but
then the new FBI wouldn’t know what I was talking about, since it isn’t allowed
to know anything about Islam) is the linebacker role the agency is performing
for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as its pyromaniac flunkies and thugs set
fire to empty
land in Oregon to intimidate and dispossess cattle ranchers
of their property. Rather than admit that a terrorist with terrorist ties and
predilections has committed a terrorist act in the name of Islam, the agency
will now give the public its own style of taqiyya
(Islamic double-speak) until it can no longer deny that the terrorist act was
an act of Islamic terrorism, and that it really had nothing to do with “extremism”
or “radicalization.” Listening to FBI Director James Comey or any other recent
Director talk his way out of admitting the fact that Islam has everything to do
with terrorism, especially when the terrorists boast of it, is like listening
to Porky Pig recite the alphabet.
The FBI has abandoned its mandate to preserve and
protect this country and its Constitution. It can blame President Barack Obama all
it wants for ordering the redaction of all references to Islam and Muslims in
its literature and training materials, but good, honest FBI employees would
leave the agency or revolt against Obama’s domestic ROE’s. Perhaps that’s what
they’ve done, for it seems the country is saddled with paycheck collectors more
worried about their perks than anything else.
Now it is running interference for one of the most
notorious land-grabbing federal agencies, the BLM, squelching independent
reporting of what is happening in Oregon and calling the patriots who occupied
a vacant federal shack in protest of the railroading of two ranchers “terrorists.”
Rather than admit that the BLM is an agent of
federal terrorism with a long record of property seizure, confiscation, and
destruction, it is partnering with this mini empire builder. This is disgrace
the FBI will have to live down for a long time.
Today, I wouldn’t give an FBI agent the time of
day. He would have to confiscate my watch – at gunpoint.

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