The Federal Bureau of Investigation has not emerged from the scandals of the last few years without serious damage to its once-touted reputation of operating with fidelity, bravery, and integrity, as its motto states.
In fact, as the public has learned more about the salacious allegations of behind-the-scenes surveillance and manipulation on probes like the Crossfire Hurricane investigation or the bureau’s move to secretly spy on Catholic churches, the FBI has lost its shine in the eyes of many Americans.
“If they can spy on a president, political campaign, and protestors, then they can spy on you,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, stated on Twitter this week.
His comments were attached to an article from the New York Post that detailed a long list of alleged FBI abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, which just revealed that for every American that the FISA court permitted the FBI to surveil, they reportedly surveilled 1,000 more.
From the NY Post: “The court’s just-revealed ruling signals the FBI presumed any American suspected of supporting the Jan. 6, 2021, protests forfeited their constitutional rights.”
This new information comes after FBI whistleblowers gave their testimony last week in Washington, D.C., providing information on alleged abuse they had experienced at the hands of FBI leadership in retaliation for raising concerns on departures from standard operating protocol.
Additionally, Special Counsel John Durham’s long-awaited report on the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation into President Donald Trump finally dropped in May, smashing the narrative that Trump had collaborated with Russian entities to somehow rig the 2016 election.
Earlier this year, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., slammed the DOJ for allowing the FBI to essentially spy on religious organizations in the U.S., particularly Catholic churches. As reported by RSBN, a leaked document from the FBI’s Richmond Field Office likened Catholic Americans to “domestic terrorists.”