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August 11, 2022

Having spent the early years of my military career as a special agent in the Army version of the FBI, I can only wonder at the systematic abuse of power accrued by the Bureau over the last three administrations. How can any agency in our system of government escape accountability for such abuses? Remember James Comey’s blithe dismissal of charges against Hillary Clinton or the Bureau’s concerted efforts to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidency? What about those leaks to a biased media about Trump’s supposed ties to Russian espionage, the endless investigation by former FBI Director Robert Mueller that eventually produced nothing?  Just last week, Senator Chuck Grassley confronted FBI Director Wray, alleging that “whistle blowers” had informed him of “political bias” in the agency’s handling of the Hunter Biden laptop.  BREAKING: Grassley Confronts FBI Chief Wray Over 'Political Bias' In Hunter Biden Investigation - Bing video

Just when it seemed like the FBI might never receive its come-uppance, it seriously miscalculated Monday’s egregious raid on President Trump’s Florida home, the first such outrage in American history. Why did no one in authority understand - or even suspect - that they were igniting a firestorm? Heavily armed agents ransacked Mr. Trump’s private office and even fondled the wardrobe of his wife, the former First Lady of the United States. It is hard to imagine anything worse but, 48 hours later, no clarification is made, no justification tendered as President Biden jets off on vacation, his Attorney General stands mute and everyone in the White House clams up. The only answer not demanded by the White House press corps: “If President Biden really didn’t know about the raid, then why didn’t he? Last year, he was surprised by Afghanistan: Is he equally clueless about Florida?”

This Keystone Kops raid is the behavior of Third World dictatorships. As many outraged observers have lately noted, these are also the tactics of the East German Stasi, their Nazi predecessors or the Russian KGB. If that seems like an exaggeration, then consider the famous boast of Lavrenti Beria, the KGB’s most notorious chief: "Show me the man and I will show you the crime." Hey, come to think of it, this same motto also motivates the intrepid investigators of the House January 6th committee! Add in the highly suspicious official silence as well as the raid’s conspicuous over-reach, and there you have it: a fishing expedition designed to serve the agenda-driven 1/6 committee, not a documentary quest brought by an outraged librarian.

Call me cynical but this distrust of investigative excess was one of my earliest lessons. As chief of investigations for a front-line Army intelligence unit during the Cold War, I was summoned by our commander into a highly confidential session. After swearing me to secrecy, this future general gestured to a banker’s box of investigative files while outlining an astounding tale. Despite struggling to counter Soviet espionage, some of our not-so-special agents had taken it upon themselves to spy on expatriate Democrats! Astonished, I asked “Whose idea was this? Were they afraid these Democrats were preparing their absentee ballots to vote for George McGovern?” He laughed but explained that a detailed investigation would insure punishment for any wrong-doing. “Meanwhile, Captain, you are to take personal charge of these files to insure they are ‘sealed and segregated’ until the formal investigation begins.” And so I did, until the day when a distinguished- looking civilian walked into our headquarters, informally introducing himself as “Bob” – actually the Hon. Robert Froehlke, Secretary of the Army! Things were quickly put right; but similar incidents throughout the 1970’s fueled reforms that gradually established permanent Congressional oversight of the steadily growing intelligence bureaucracy.

The lesson for the future: You cannot centralize investigative powers in what the Soviets called "certain of the organs of state security" without expecting those powers to be abused. Undeterred, we have indulged in a continuous orgy of centralization for more than three decades  under both parties. We have also failed to ask: who shall watch the watch-dogs? Should you discover, for example, a sudden enthusiasm for purging/reforming/de-funding the FBI, then you only have to worry about those other 17 intelligence agencies which were never reformed after 911 – this despite being accused by the 911 Commission of an institutional "failure of imagination," 9/11 Commission slams 'failure of imagination' | CBC News

Sadly, none of those agencies were ever disciplined and no senior leader was compelled to walk the plank. Is it any wonder their latter-day successors are so arrogant?


 NOTE: Colonel Allard is the author of Command, Control and the Common Defense, winner of the 1991 National Security Book Award. After leaving active duty, he became an on-air military analyst for the networks of NBC News

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  • Daniel Roberts

    08/14/2022 07:46 PM

    I have already commented that your articles are much too wordy. Get to the point and go on. If we need to or want to follow all the links then list them and go on to the next story. If it continues then I will have no choice but to unsubscribe

  • Anne Malarich

    08/14/2022 06:21 PM

    Mike, very discouraged! Seems like nobody is doing anything about these Biden problems. It’s all talk just like the Democrats are doing. Republicans are just all talk!
    Feel like we are spinning our wheels! Why hasn’t Hunter Biden made to answer all these questions. Joe is bending forward/backward for China/Ukraine. Is the reason that China/Ukraine has so much dirt against the Biden that more he gives to them, they will keep quiet of all their illegal activity. My family is struggling financially and China/Ukraine are taken care of. My husband “67” works 2 jobs to make ends meet at home! Just very discouraged.

  • Bill Higgins

    08/14/2022 05:37 PM

    Governor. I too am ashamed of our country. But let me say this. RIGHT NOW, Republicans had better figure out RIGHT NOW, how THEY are going to monitor the VOTE COUNTING. If we don’t have EYES on vote counting OVERSIGHT, REPUBLICANS WILL LOSE THE MIDTERMS.
    Governor, PLEASE DO what you can…, SPREAD THE WORD TO Everyone as to HOW we can monitor the counting of the votes!! Mark Twain said, if voting mattered they wouldn’t let us do it.’
    Make it happen Governor. PLEASE

  • David Greene

    08/14/2022 05:32 PM

    Mike I just wanted to say that you're only partially right. Look deeper! This isn't the "American" left doing these actions! The 'Deep State' is NOT just about America, the real Deep State is a worldwide organization made up of billionaires and like minded, who want to usher in a New World Order government under the auspices of the United Nations! Most if not all Democratic leadership as well as a lot of GOP RINO's are MEMBERS of the Deep State, but the whole membership is buried worldwide! People like Gates, Fauci, Biden, and such are obvious. Less obvious is the Bushes, and we branch out to a WW2 war criminal George Soros!
    Ok, so what's it really about? You'll notice that the left keeps insisting on gun control, calls for a 'ban on assault weapons', every time a kid gets shot, especially a black one? The Deep State wants the American people disarmed so that they can complete their dirty work, to take over everything we've got, and give it to third world countries under the guise of climate change!
    So you need to understand what you're looking at? Search out everything you can find on "United Nations Agenda 21"! Once you study it, you'll see exactly what Biden’s administration is trying to do with regards to oil and EV's, why Biden insisted on 9 years to deal with climate change (hint: He said 9 years? The Agenda 21 is trying to be implemented by the year..2030! his 9 years. This tells you he's a member!) Everything's in there! But it doesn't deal with the REAL polluters, China and Indonesia. They're too scared of China to try to get them to cut down on pollution! So the goal here is to keep Trump, who DOES understand the Deep State, from getting back in power! How bad?? Well a New York dem has already stated that if the Jan 6th/Mar-A-Lago raid doesn't work and he gets elected the next thing is assassination!
    Agenda 21, Mike! It's the key to it all!
    Hope you listen to me in the Name above all Names, Jesus! Even so Lord, come quickly!

  • James Bennie Williams

    08/14/2022 05:02 PM

    Gov. Mike, the far left socialist democrats are on a mission. First, they will make sure that all the democrats win their elections, just like they put Biden in the White House. Second, they will use whatever kangaroo court proceedings to make sure Our President Trump IS convicted of a crime (any crime), that will negate his name from being put on the ballot for election. After what we have seen, I would not be surprised to see a “HIT” be put on Donald Trump. Remember, these are high level thugs running our country. Remember, the Clintons made sure that some 70 to 80 of their enemies are not with us now!!!

  • cynthia chauncey

    08/14/2022 03:34 PM

    Aloha Mr. Huckabee, Thank you for your newsletter and wonderful insight. You mentioned that we have to get the house and senate back and re-elect Donald Trump to get the country back on track. I Agree, the thing though is that I don’t see anything really that has been done to give us a fair election this time around. I know here in Hawaii it’s all mail in and if you don’t want to mail it in, you have to drive into town, probably wait in a very long line. That discourages a lot of in person voting. The left is good at doing what ever they have to do to get what they want. They don’t seem to be too worried about losing, I wonder why? I guess raiding Mara Lago maybe viewed as the left desperately trying to get rid of someone they think will beat them but idk. It’s a pretty scary time.

  • Thomas Berry

    08/14/2022 02:20 PM

    Keep up the good work, guv"nor!

  • David Berry

    08/12/2022 08:57 PM

    I think, and hope, that if he becomes president again that he will purge the "intelligent" agencies as much as he is able with no holding back. This is their fear and why they're trying so hard to stop him. I pray for his protection and fair elections, as should we all.

  • Sharon Faulkner

    08/12/2022 08:54 AM

    Well said Colonel Allard. If Trump or DE Santis is our Prez nomination in 2024 would you consider being VP?