Monday, May 21, 2001
Exclusive: Joseph Farah argues
for disbanding FBI, ATF, more
Federal Bureau of Incompetence?
By Joseph Farah
ï¿½ 2001 WorldNetDaily.com
NEW YORK -- The FBI would like us to think it is
incompetent -- that
documents it should have turned over to the defense
teams of Timothy
McVeigh and Terry Nichols just got lost in the
Do you buy it? I don't.
It is particularly hard to accept given the latest
revelations by an
intrepid TV reporter from Oklahoma City, Jayna
Davis, who says she tried
to turn over evidence of a wider conspiracy in the
Oklahoma City bombing
that killed 168 people April 19, 1995, but was
The FBI's rationale for turning Davis away?
According to what federal
officials told producers of Fox News Channel's "The
they didn't want to accept the uncorroborated leads
because they would
have to disclose them to the defense teams.
In other words, the FBI didn't want to investigate
any leads that didn't
fit in with its preconceived notion that McVeigh and
Now, keep in mind the FBI has simultaneously been
boasting that the
investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing was the
largest and most
sweeping probe in the agency's history -- involving
2,000 agents and
20,000 witness interviews. The bombing was the worst
in the history of the United States. Yet, the FBI
admits it turned a
blind eye to potential evidence in the criminal
Does this make sense?
There's more here than meets the eye. It seems the
FBI has, through what
it claims is a procedural malfunction, set the stage
for mistrials in
the convictions of McVeigh and Nichols. Not only did
the FBI admittedly
withhold documents required under disclosure rules,
it also limited the
scope of its investigation so as not to jeopardize
the convictions of
two men who clearly had a role in the bombing.
I once had enormous respect for the FBI. Maybe I was
wrong. But that
respect is gone, shattered. It is now more evident
to me than ever that
the founders were right all along about the limits
on the power of the
federal government -- particularly police powers.
I've got to believe now that it is time to think
what for most Americans
is still probably the unthinkable -- that it's time
for the FBI to be
The FBI has lost any vestige of trust and integrity.
The McVeigh case is
simply the last straw. The FBI brought us the Waco
disaster. The FBI
gave us the Wen Ho Lee debacle. The FBI brought us
Hanssen. And now the FBI has jeopardized the cause
of justice in the
Oklahoma City bombing.
Whether through incompetence (as hard as that may be
to believe) or
negligence, it's time for the American people to
start debating the
future of the FBI and, frankly, whether it does the
nation more harm
than good. That is how serious these breaches of the
public trust are.
After all, the FBI has proved itself incapable in
recent years of
getting to the bottom of some of the biggest
criminal investigations. So
what's the point?
Some of you might say: "Well, Farah, we need the FBI
to keep tabs on
threats to our national security."
I used to think like that. Yet, in the 1990s we
watched in amazement as
the FBI showed it was not up to the task of keeping
money from buying American political races. And when
"investigations" were over and the books were
closed, the FBI refused
even to allow the American people to learn what the
agency had found in
tracking illegal foreign political contributions.
I no longer believe our government. And I especially
am suspect of
anything we hear from federal police agencies. It's
not only time to
retire the FBI, it's past time to demobilize the
Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms, the armed Internal Revenue
Service agents, the
armed enviro-cops, the housing Gestapo and the sum
total of perhaps
80,000 armed federales who have crept into our
system of justice in this
country and turned it into a system of injustice.
Maybe this is where gun-control efforts ought to be
waged -- controlling
the number of guns the government is pointing at the
citizens of a
supposedly free country.
Will the American people awaken to the fact that
they have lost all
accountability with government police agencies? If
the Oklahoma City
bombing case doesn't provide the wakeup call, what
will it take?
Joseph Farah is editor and chief executive officer
and writes a daily column.