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Abolish the FBI

• https://www.fff.org, by Jacob G. Hornberger

A national police force is an essential part of any tyrannical regime. Just look at any tyrannical foreign regime, either right wing and left wing, over the past 100 years. I will guarantee you that you will find a national police force. It serves as a useful adjunct to a big military-intelligence establishment to keep people in line.

Of course, we are all familiar with such things as COINTELPRO and the FBI's murder of innocent people at Waco and Ruby Ridge. We are also familiar with the FBI's fierce opposition to Martin Luther King and the civll-rights movement as well as the virtual certainty that the FBI orchestrated King's murder. We are also familiar with former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's longtime penchant for keeping secret files on people's personal lives with the aim of blackmailing them into supporting whatever the FBI wants. We are also familiar with the FBI's ardent support of the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the anti-communist crusade. We are also familiar with the FBI's active role in America's political system.

Less familiar is the FBI's ubiquitous practice of inducing people to commit crimes in order to justify its continued existence and its continued receipt of taxpayer-funded largess. That practice involves entrapping people into committing crimes and then proudly patting itself on the back for "keeping America safe" by supposedly busting dangerous criminals.

An example of this sordid practice is detailed in a January 19, 2024, article in the New York Times that involved four men whose lives were partially destroyed by the FBI as part of its attempt to make itself look good by creating and encouraging a crime supposedly committed by those four men.

The four men — James Cromitie, Laguerre Payen, David Williams and Onta Williams — were from Newburgh, New York, and became known as the "Newburgh Four." Given the FBI's history of viewing Martin Luther King and the civil-rights movement as communist agents, it's not surprising that the FBI targeted four Black men for its entrapment scheme. The fact that they were poor also figured into the FBI's plot, given that the FBI used the lure of big amounts of taxpayer money to induce the men to commit a crime.


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