In news that's flying below the radar a bit, more evidence of just how corrupt and compromised the FBI has become emerged today.
You may recall the much-ballyhooed plot to supposedly kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last year. Arrests were made in October of 2020, with the claim being that the FBI had stopped the kidnapping plot as well as a plan to overthrow the government. After it came out in the weeks following the bust that one of the participants was anti-Trump and a Black Lives Matter supporter, the story quickly died down.
All of this was intertwined at the time with the politics of Whitmer's controversial COVID policies. Earlier in the same year, there had been demonstrations at the state's capital that drew lots of press attention and condemnation. The insinuation pushed by the media was that those demonstrations had provoked the kidnapping plot.
But now, a big curveball is being thrown into the mix regarding what actually happened. Apparently, the FBI didn't just have informants within the group where the arrests were made. Rather, FBI operatives played a key role in the planning of the entire ordeal and were also seemingly instrumental in birthing the plot.
Would there have been a Whitmer kidnapping plot without the FBI taking such an active role and egging people on to join in? That's a question that's tough to answer without more information, but it certainly shows a level of questionable behavior on the part of the FBI, with agents and superiors going much further than just gathering evidence. As to whether this qualifies as entrapment, I recognize that's a complicated legal question and won't attempt to opine on the matter, but man, does this entire thing feel dirty.
Obviously, further speculation will lead to questions about the motivations of the FBI to do what they did. At the time, news of the plot represented a political boon for Whitmer and her COVID policies as well as Democrats at large who wanted to push the "evil Trump voter" narrative (though, those arrested turned out not to be Trump supporters as far as we know). The timing was also convenient as it concerned the 2020 election. Was this just about law enforcement or something else? Again, we need a lot more information, but nothing about this smells right.
I'm sure we'll be assured this is just another isolated incident, but I think many people have long ago lost their respect for the FBI. Too much has been revealed showing their overt politicization over the last half-decade to believe the rot doesn't run deep.
In fact, as if to put a capstone on the issue, this news also broke today.
You can bet the FBI will not be cooperating with the OIG in that case to secure the testimony needed. Instead, we'll get more empty promises from FBI Dir. Christopher Wray that everything is being taken care of and that the ship has been righted. Meanwhile, the very justified feeling by many Americans is that we now live under two separate justice systems, with no one involved with the FBI or DOJ ever being held accountable for anything. That's not good for the country in the long term.
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