The Federal Bureau of Investigation is an agency known to suppress dissent and protect the interests of the rich and powerful. This was true during its origins with Palmer Raids and the Red Scare of 1919. This was true in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s when J. Edgar Hoover’s COINTELPRO program suppressed not only Communists, but also Martin Luther King Jr., the Peace Movement, and many other progressive groups.
The FBI frequently asserted itself over the civilian, elected government. The FBI’s founder, a psychologically deranged individual named J. Edgar Hoover was known to blackmail and threaten elected officials if they did not give him a free hand to violate the rights of citizens. The FBI functioned almost as a cult of personality, often promoting Hoover personally, and building up a hysterical atmosphere of anti-communism.
During the 1970s, huge victories were won in regulating and restraining the FBI’s ability to repress the rights of US Citizens. New laws protecting the civil liberties of Americans were passed. The FBI’s “independence” was restricted by some level of popular democratic control.
James Comey was utilizing the FBI for partisan political purposes. It is widely suspected that he was fired for continuing to investigate allegations of ‘Russian Meddling’ in US elections. What are these investigations and continued Russia-baiting allegations? They are pure Mccarthyism. These investigations are essentially threats on the sitting President, demanding he be hawkish and hostile to a foreign power in order to prove his loyalty to imperialism.
Trump’s decision to terminate the head of the FBI, and re-assert civilian control over a Federal Policing Agency, is a positive move. Progressive people who call Trump a fascist are deeply confused. Fascism is the destruction of democracy, and the direct rule of military and policing agencies over the population, in order to maintain capitalist power.
The FBI is not merely a policing agency, but a special, deeply politicized section of the Justice Department, founded in order to repress anti-capitalist movements.Over the last several decades the FBI has been staffed with devout Mormons and other extreme right-wing elements. Not surprisingly, since 9/11, the increasingly partisan FBI has targeted Muslim Americans and Anti-War activists very vigorously.
Leftists who march in support of Comey and the “independence” of the agency which raided the homes of Palestine and Anti-War activists in 2010, and has a long record of blatant repression, are deeply, deeply mistaken. The FBI is not a friend of progressive people, and the more independent it becomes, the less restrained its repression will be.
When the FBI is given a free hand to act independently of the elected government, and pursue a partisan-political agenda, it is America’s working families who suffer.
NO TO THE LOW WAGE POLICE STATE!
NO TO FBI REPRESSION!
NO TO THE WARMONGERING CAMPAIGN AGAINST RUSSIA!
WE STAND FOR PEACE, JOBS, DEMOCRACY & EQUALITY,
NOT WAR-MONGERING AND FBI REPRESSION!