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The FBI has faced considerable criticism recently, and it all began in 2016 with President Trump’s victory in the White House. This event revealed the FBI’s true colors, exposing it as a highly politicized and weaponized department aligned with the progressive regime. The decline of the FBI began with Trump’s election and continued with incidents such as the January 6th “Fesurrection,” the Whitmer kidnapping sham, the Russia Hoax, and numerous other shameful instances.
The current state of the bureau is causing significant concern, to the point that even left-wing media puppets like Chuck Todd are getting nervous. In fact, Chuck has gone as far as to acknowledge the necessity of an updated “Church Committee.” It’s interesting and somewhat ironic that Chuck Todd of all people is now echoing what Revolver said four months ago in a bombshell piece titled: Take Me to Church: The Straight Dope House Republicans Need to Take Down the Deep State With Church Committee 2.0.
In the piece, Revolver breaks down the importance of the past Church committee and how those same tactics can and should be used today to root out the rot that has permeated the bureau and turned it into a left-wing politicized weapon used against the good people of the United States.
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It’s understandable why the Church Committee is generating fond reflections nearly a half century later. The yearlong investigation, which at its peak employed more than 150 staffers, was the first, largest, and most substantive Congressional investigation of America’s intelligence apparatus, covering the thirty years where that apparatus ran wild following World War II. The committee’s work produced thousands of pages of collected evidence, testimony, and case studies (much of which remains classified to this day), and culminated in a six-volume final report totaling roughly 2500 pages. The second volume of that report, covering domestic surveillance within the United States, included this damning summary:
We have seen segments of our Government, in their attitudes and action, adopt tactics unworthy of a democracy, and occasionally reminiscent of totalitarian regimes. We have seen a consistent pattern in which programs initiated with limited goals, such as preventing criminal violence or identifying foreign spies, were expanded to what witnesses characterized as “vacuum cleaners”, sweeping in information about lawful activities of American citizens. The tendency of intelligence activities to expand beyond their initial scope is a theme which runs through every aspect of our investigative findings. Intelligence collection programs naturally generate ever-increasing demands for new data. And once intelligence has been collected, there are strong pressures to use it against the target.
The Church Committee successfully dug up a great many intelligence operations that had previously been unknown, or existed in the mind of the public only in the form of sensational rumors. Among them were:
Projects MINARET and SHAMROCK: NSA operations which placed hundreds of American citizens onto a watchlist, without any warrant or judicial oversight. The NSA intercepted communications which involved or mentioned those on the watchlist and disseminated them to the FBI, CIA, and other policing and intelligence agencies. Particularly shocking to Americans at the time was the collusion between the NSA and telecommunications companies. From World War II through the 1970s firms like Western Union gave the NSA unfettered access to incoming and outgoing messages. Eventually, in Church’s words, the programs “expanded [until the] NSA obtained from at least two cable companies essentially all cables to or from the United States, including millions of the private communications of Americans.”
The Church Committee is widely regarded as one of the most impactful congressional committees in history, with its work playing a crucial role in rectifying the misconduct within the intelligence community… at least temporarily. However, we eventually lost control once again. It can be likened to parenting — if you divert your attention from your children for too long, they are bound to get into trouble.
Four months ago, we proposed the idea of seizing control and initiating a modern-day “Church Committee” to shed more light on the weaponization within the FBI ranks. Four months later, here’s what Chuck Todd said on Meet The Press.
NBC’s Chuck Todd said during this week’s “Meet The Press” roundtable that it might be time for a new “Church Committee” to “do something to restore trust” in the FBI in the wake of the report by special counsel John Durham about the Trump-Russia investigation beginning in 2016.
“This is a moment like when the J. Edgar Hoover FBI clearly was no longer helping the American people,” Chuck Todd said. “It seems like we have to do something to restore trust.”
CHUCK TODD: If you only consume media on the right, you might be excused for thinking this week’s 306-page Durham report on the Russian inquiry was a “bombshell” and “damning” and that the investigation was an “abomination” and a “soft coup.”
But special counsel John Durham’s actual sharpest conclusions after a four-year investigation were that the FBI suffered from confirmation bias and, quote, “discounted or willfully ignored material information” that countered the narrative of collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.
The report recommended no “wholesale changes” to FBI rules for regulations or wiretaps, and Durham did not send a single person to jail, even though former President Trump once predicted that Durham would uncover the crime of the century.
That said, Dan Balz, this is not an FBI that should feel good about what Durham discovered because at a minimum, this issue of confirmation bias goes to the heart of how James Comey seemed to worry so much about what the perception of the FBI was that he – whether it was overdid or underdid Hillary stuff, and then overdid or underdid Trump stuff.
DAN BALZ: Well, since, since Comey, the FBI has been under attack. And the Durham report in many ways confirms what the DOJ IG report said. It’s almost identical. And in some ways backed off some of the rhetoric that they had going into it. But the FBI’s been in a compromised position. And part of that has to do with the nature of our politics today. The FBI has become a politicized institution and a political target, and this is going to make it much more difficult for Merrick Garland as he goes forward with these investigations, and I don’t see any way out of that in the – anywhere in the near future.
CHUCK TODD: No. And let me throw in this headline from your newspaper, Dan. “FBI misused surveillance tool on January 6th suspects, BLM” —- Black Lives Matter – “arrestees and others.” Symone, look, trust in the FBI is eroding left and right. Feels like we’re in a moment that we need a real Church Committee, that this is a moment like when the J. Edgar Hoover FBI clearly was no longer helping the American people, there was a moment. This feels like we might be in one of those moments.
It seems like we have to do something to restore trust. We have to – and it has to be moderate trust.
And I’ll be honest. Christopher Wray hides. He hides. He does – he only goes before Congress, and he doesn’t defend the institution publicly.
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It’s evident that merely investigating the intelligence isn’t adequate; we must identify the underlying sources of the problems and take decisive action. However, the notable shift in perspective from figures like Chuck Todd carries considerable weight. It demonstrates that the pressure exerted by Revolver and others is forcing the regime to play defense, significantly weakening one of their most formidable weapons.
Read our full Church Committee piece here.
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