I wonder if it’s because so many of us lost faith in the federal government after its absurd overreactions, bad public health policies, and demonstrable lies respecting COVID, or is it just the passage of time and changes at the top making it harder to keep secrets, but this week both the FBI and CIA are in the line of fire.
Sixty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the National Archives and Records Administration has finally released over 13,000 records in its possession relevant to that tragic event. Some 3% of the records are still being hidden from us. Why? So many years have passed and so many of the key figures have passed away it seems hard to imagine a benign explanation. The event was always the subject of theories critical of the official line. Truth to tell, one need not have been a conspiracist to question it. To take just a single example, the single-bullet explanation never stood up to analysis in my view. And that’s just one part of the story. After the record release, Tucker Carlson reported that someone with “direct knowledge” of the still-withheld records states the CIA is connected to the assassination. (The agency had at that point some expertise in political assassinations, having engaged in them in the Congo, Dominican Republic, South Vietnam, and Chile.) Adding fuel to the fire, Robert Kennedy, Jr., nephew of the assassinated president, indicated he suspects the agency had a hand in it, and asked, “What are they hiding?” He added, that this assassination was a “successful coup d’etat from which democracy has never recovered.”
Adding to the mystery, Mike Pompeo, former CIA Director, declined to appear on the show to discuss the withheld records and the charges against the agency. If the claim is true, it’s difficult to understand the motive, although President Kennedy was critical of the agency and publicly said he planned to dismantle it.
As the records of Twitter are being released by the new owner, Elon Musk, the FBI seems to have run that platform, manipulating public discourse, undercutting then President Trump, and affecting the 2020 election outcomes, along with other things like the public health response to COVID. The most easy-to-read summary of the latest document releases is at Townhall where Matt Vespa puts the evidence in a very readable form.
Former New York Times op-ed writer Bari Weiss, former Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi, and others have posted lengthy threads on Twitter ironically detailing the discriminatory behavior that we have railed against for the better part of a decade. Spencer had the latest drop on this story yesterday.
The endless troves of documents have shredded the claims that the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice operate as impartial entities. That’s no longer the case — these agencies are now geared toward influencing public opinion at the behest of their Democratic Party overlords. They’re the only ones who benefit from this system of state-sponsored censorship. Taibbi described the FBI-Twitter relationship perfectly as one of “master-canine” (via SubStack) [emphasis mine]: We’ve long known about those analytical processes, but the Twitter Files show something new. We now have clear evidence that agencies like the FBI and the DHS are in the business of mass-analyzing social media activity — your tweets and mine, down to the smallest users with the least engagement — and are, themselves, mass-marking posts to be labeled, “bounced,” deleted or “visibility filtered” by firms like Twitter. The technical and personnel infrastructure for this effort is growing. As noted in the thread, the FBI’s social media-focused task force now has at least 80 agents, and is in constant contact with Twitter for all sorts of reasons.
The FBI is not doing this as part of any effort to build criminal cases. They’ve taken on this new authority unilaterally, as part of an apparently massive new effort to control and influence public opinion.
Vespa reminds us that the FBI not only used Twitter to influence public opinion, but it lied about Russian Collusion, scotched any inquiry into Hunter Biden’s laptop, which evinces massive illegal activities by the Biden family, and raided Trump’s Florida home on “shoddy and spurious legal justification.”