Barr Back Story

In One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General, William Barr reveals his service for the CIA and his admiration for Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller and current FBI boss Christopher Wray. Barr also makes it clear that Obama and Biden were not in John Durham’s “crosshairs,” which calls to mind an episode not covered in the memoir.

In the Ruby Ridge siege of 1992, the FBI deployed massive military force against the family of Randy Weaver. FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi shot dead Randy’s wife Vicki as she held her infant child. Snipers are trained carefully to “acquire” the target, so there is little chance the killing was accidental, as the FBI claimed. Attorney General William Barr spent two weeks organizing former attorney generals to defend Horiuchi, who already had government lawyers working on his behalf.

The shoot-without-provocation rules were approved by the FBI’s Larry Potts. When Clinton attorney general Janet Reno nominated Potts for deputy director of the FBI, William Barr told the New York Times Potts was “deliberate and careful” and “I can’t think of enough good things to say about him.” During his January 2019 confirmation hearings, James Bovard observed, “nobody is asking about Barr’s legal crusade for blanket immunity for federal agents who killed American citizens.”

Last August the FBI shot dead Craig Robertson for things he allegedly posted online. Barr’s support for Horiuchi may clarify where the former Attorney General and CIA attorney stands on the killing.  As the people might note, the FBI is good at killing 75-year-old woodworkers and women such as Vicki Weaver, who was not charged with any crime. The FBI proved adept at mounting covert operations against candidate and President Trump, and exploiting FISA to spy on Americans. On the other hand, when it comes to protecting the American people, the FBI is a bust.

The FBI failed to prevent the terrorist attacks of February 26, 1993, September 11, 2001, Fort Hood (2009), the Boston Marathon (2013), San Bernardino (2015), and Orlando in 2016. In 2024 moving forward, it’s all about memory against forgetting.

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