Investigate the Fatal Bureau

Rep. Mike Garcia recently told FBI boss Christopher Wray “I don’t trust you to protect us,” which makes perfect sense given the record. The FBI failed to prevent Islamic terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, at Fort Hood (2009), the Boston Marathon (2013), San Bernardino (2015), and Orlando in 2016. Some cases deserve special attention.

US Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who billed himself as a “soldier of Allah,” was communicating with al Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki about killing American soldiers. The FBI had Hasan’s emails in hand but the Washington office of the FBI “does not currently assess Hasan to be involved in terrorist activities,” and dropped the case. The bureau did nothing to prevent Hasan from murdering 13 Americans and wounding more than 30 others at Fort Hood in 2009. No word whether any FBI bosses were disciplined, demoted or dismissed over that deadly failure.

Over at the Department of Homeland Security, Philip Haney, an expert on Islam, proved effective at exposing terrorists but the Obama administration blocked his efforts. In 2016, Haney authored See Something Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad. In November of 2019, Haney announced a new book along the same lines. On February 21, 2020, the DHS whistleblower was found dead by gunshot in Amador County, California. The local sheriff handed the case to the FBI, which announced no search for possible suspects, grabbed Haney’s devices and documents, and proclaimed the case closed.

In 2011, the Russian government warned the FBI that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had ties to Chechen terrorists. The FBI ignored the warning and at the 2013 Boston Marathon, Tamerlan and brother Dzhokhar detonated bombs that killed Lingzi Lu, 23, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Martin Richard, only eight years old, and wounded more than 250. As with Fort Hood, San Bernardino and Orlando, the FBI played no role in the takedown of the terrorists.

On Wray’s watch the FBI has become Joe Biden’s secret police, targeting pro-life activists and protesting parents. Last year the FBI gunned down Craig Robertson, a 75-year-old woodworker, for things he allegedly posted on line. These cases call for a Select Committee to Investigate the FBI, with the clout of the House Select Committee on Assassinations from the 1970s.

The FBI cannot be trusted to investigate itself or to protect the American people from terrorist attacks. The choice for that task should be someone with proven experience taking out terrorists before they act. That rules out Christopher Wray, a Yale law alum who never attended the FBI academy.

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