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No, FBI, We are Not Conspiracy Theorists. You are the Insurrectionists

The FBI's response to the Twitter Files is unprofessional at best

The FBI responded to the release of the Twitter files in the most unprofessional manner possible: they called anyone who believed them “conspiracy theorists trying to discredit the Bureau.” Actually, the FBI discredited themselves with no help from any of us.

“The correspondence between the FBI and Twitter show nothing more than examples of our traditional, longstanding and ongoing federal government and private sector engagements, which involve numerous companies over multiple sectors and industries. As evidenced in the correspondence, the FBI provides critical information to the private sector in an effort to allow them to protect themselves and their customers…The men and women of the FBI work every day to protect the American public,” the statement continued. “It is unfortunate that conspiracy theorists and others are feeding the American public misinformation with the sole purpose of attempting to discredit the agency.” FBI Statement

In other words, the FBI has a long-standing practice of interfering in elections and first amendment protections by “advising” companies of things they feel are dangerous. And it wasn’t just Twitter – Facebook already acknowledged their interference, and that means other companies were also targeted. Instagram, YouTube, and how many others?

In effect, the Bureau is calling their own agents who became whistleblowers, the journalists who released the Twitter files, and news outlets who reported them “conspiracy theorists.”

Other released internal emails appeared to show FBI officials flagging specific accounts for Twitter to take action against. On Nov. 3, FBI field office official Elvis Chan flagged 25 accounts, one email shows, including news outlet Right Side Broadcasting Network that created posts that “may warrant additional action due to the accounts being utilized to spread misinformation about the upcoming election.”

Another email dated Nov. 10 showed that four accounts “may potentially constitute violations of Twitter’s Terms of Service for any action or inaction deemed appropriate within Twitter policy,” according to a post from Taibbi earlier this month.  And another revealed Twitter was evaluating and processing a list of tweets that were flagged by the FBI for “Possible Violative Content,” including a post critical of then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s comment about vaccine mandates.  The Epoch Times

That is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg: The FBI was paying Twitter (and likely other companies) millions of dollars for their “staff time” at working with the FBI.

 

This should make every American sick. The politicization of a once premier law enforcement agency is going to require serious revamping. The GOP has vowed to change the direction of the current FBI.

“We’re going to do more than just subpoena them. We’re going to change the course of where the FBI is today.” House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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