Whenever the government finds itself in an embarrassing scandal, we hear calls for reforms. The word “accountability” is thrown around – as if it meant something– when we all know to expect more of the same ineptitude and corruption.
Talk of “reforming” law enforcement agencies like the FBI is even more ridiculous in light of their seeming immunity from criticism – even after being caught lying in case after case (look no further than the Whitey Bulger case for proof).
Harvey Silverglate – co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) – has been critical of the FBI for decades. His recent article for Compact Magazine argues that since reform seems like a non-starter, we might as well go the whole nine yards and abolish the agency once and for all.
“We need an entirely new agency and a director who has no history of having worked in or with the FBI,” Silverglate says. He joins me this Sunday to explain how the agency has gotten away with murder – in some cases literally – and regularly robs citizens of their rights through its weaponized interview process.
Did you know that FBI agent are forbidden from interviewing a witness in the presence of a tape recorder? Find out why, this Sunday, on the show of ideas.
Reform isn't enough; get rid of the FBI - The Boston Globe
Historically, the problem with the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not been one of leadership but of culture. Directors come and go; the culture remains. That culture is one of "us versus them," very insular, functioning under its own unwritten rules. There are periodic calls for reform, but these are Band-Aids covering a serious gunshot wound.
Abolish the FBI
Former President Donald J. Trump is doubtless the most investigated head of state in our nation's history. Consider: The US National Archives and Records Administration reports that it recovered more than a dozen boxes of official documents that Trump had taken out of the White House to his estate at Mar-a-Lago, Fla.