Before there was an FBI there was the U.S. Marshals Service

It has been said often that a fish rots from the head. This pearl of wisdom holds as true for fish as it does for politics. The recent I.G. Horowitz report on the DoJ and the FBI has a refrain that is repeated often in the report; “the highest levels.” If nothing else is learned from this report, it should be that the “highest levels” of the DoJ and the FBI are involved in, at the very least unethical, or at the very worst, criminal behavior.  But this is not the first time the FBI has been involved in illegal behavior. Starting in the 1930s, the FBI, at the direction of J. Edger Hoover (and subsequent directors), kept files on various celebrities including Elvis Presley, John Denver, and Steve Jobs, to just name a few. Why these files were opened seems to be a mystery since none if these people posed a threat to national security.  It was, however, a violation of the Fourth Amendment. The list of other abuses of power and trust are simply too...(Read Full Post)
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