The last two years have been a sobering time for Americans.
We are accustomed to the spooks within our intelligence community staying there, within their cliques and clubs, doing the dirty work that we may not be so interested in doing. We know that they are out there, late nights, sketchy situations and all, because they were protecting We The People from menaces that we never even knew existed.
That vigilant guardian persona has been shattered, however, thanks to a near-continuous stream of errors and omissions by the agency that call into question the very efficacy on which their power is derived.
This week was no exception, with the FBI finding itself in a whole heap of trouble…again.
A top FBI special agent admitted to House committees last week that bureau officials were known to leak information to the press and then use the resulting articles to help obtain surveillance warrants.
Special Agent Jonathan Moffa, who worked with controversial former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, testified last Friday behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee.
A source with knowledge of his testimony confirmed to Fox News that Moffa said FBI personnel would use media reports based on information they leaked to justify applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants.
The source told Fox News that Moffa acknowledged this “had been a practice in the past.”
Republicans have long questioned to what extent leaked information, related to the unverified anti-Trump dossier, was used as a basis for surveillance warrants against former Trump adviser Carter Page in 2016 — when the bureau was led by James Comey and deputy Andrew McCabe.
What the FBI fails to realize is that the American people will only tolerate their clandestine nature if the results are there.
These recent slip-ups have many questioning just how tight we should hold the reigns moving forward.