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Leftists Hated the FBI, Until the FBI Plotted Against General Flynn

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You really got to hand it to the lefty’s as they keep digging themselves holes with their hypocrisy.  From stay at home orders they violate, expensive security details while taking firearms away from Americans, to their refusal to believe a sexual assault claim against Joe Biden after saying all women should be believed when making said claim.  The latest example of the hypocritical attitude of the left is their left is their lack of horror at the evidence that has come out showing an FBI conspiracy in the investigation of LTG Michael Flynn (ret).  Such a conspiracy has received much coverage including on Townhall.com and the latest column by Marina Medvin is one of many good ones on the subject and offers a good overview.  


The left’s attitude does not add up as they believed for most of the last sixty years that the intelligence agencies, including the FBI, were a nearly unaccountable force that was a danger to the civil liberties of Americans.  From the Bay of Pigs to the Civil Rights Movement, Viet Nam, Watergate, and beyond, the left sounded alarms about the unchecked power of government intelligence agencies. As reported by Arthur Krock in The New York Times on October 3, 1963, regarding CIA conduct in South Viet Nam: 

“twice the C.I.A. flatly refused to carry out instructions from Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge . . . [and] in one instance frustrated a plan of action Mr. Lodge brought from Washington because the agency disagreed with it." Among the views attributed to United States officials on the scene, including one described as a "very high American official . . . who has spent much of his life in the service of democracy . . . are the following:  The C.I.A.'s growth was "likened to a malignancy" which the "very high official was not sure even the White House could control . . . any longer." "If the United States ever experiences [an attempt at a coup to overthrow the Government] it will come from the C.I.A…." The agency "represents a tremendous power and total unaccountability to anyone."  

It was during this time and thereafter that the FBI, on the orders of Attorney General Robert Kennedy, was bugging Rev. Martin Luther King.  After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy less than two months after Krock’s column, leftist fear at the power of intelligence agencies grew even stronger.  The first JFK conspiracy book “Who Killed Kennedy?” was published by Thomas Buchanan, an American communist living in Paris.  The next conspiracy book Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy?, was co-written by Joachin Joesten, a member of the German Communist Party since the 1930’s.  Joesten’s book claimed Lee Harvey Oswald was “an FBI agent provocateur.”  


The next two books published are still among the most famous in the JFK conspiracy movement, Whitewash by Harold Weisberg and Rush to Judgement by Mark Lane.  Both Weisberg and Lane were leftists; Weisberg was fired by the leftist Civil Liberties Committee for giving confidential information to a communist newspaper while Lane later worked for the leftist People’s Temple Cult Leader Jim Jones.  Both Lane and Weisberg pushed the theory of FBI involvement in the assassination and Lane’s book Rush to Judgement remains the best-selling book on the assassination.  Lane’s activities caused enough of a stir that the FBI began monitoring him.  In the late 1960’s Lane began working with New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison during Garrison’s investigation into the Kennedy Assassination.  Garrison’s theory was that the President was killed by the Military-Industrial-Intelligence complex and included great levels of FBI complicity and intimidation of witnesses.  Talented filmmaker and avowed leftist Oliver Stone immortalized Garrison’s theory in the compelling, but very inaccurate, film JFK in 1991.  Today, a large number of leftists and ordinary Americans believe that there was FBI complicity in the murder of the President and a host of other civil liberties violations.

So where is the outrage over what the FBI did to General Flynn, not only in setting him up to try and get him to lie or get him fired but also in the altering of documents? But then again, going against a long held principle is wholly consistent with the left.  


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