The FBI is supposed to be “law enforcement.” I guess, in order to enforce the law, they’ve got to break the law.
It was reported recently that in 2011 alone, the FBI allowed over 5,600 crimes to be committed by their informants:
“The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to newly disclosed documents that show just how often the nation’s top law enforcement agency enlists criminals to help it battle crime… Agents authorized 15 crimes a day, on average, including everything from buying and selling illegal drugs to bribing government officials and plotting robberies. FBI officials have said in the past that permitting their informants — who are often criminals themselves — to break the law is an indispensable, if sometimes distasteful, part of investigating criminal organizations.”
So, it’s sort of a “necessary evil.” It’s all OK, because they’re just trying to protect us. And to do that, they conduct sting operations, where the circumstances in which the informant is told to or allowed to break the law is “situational and tightly controlled,” as an FBI spokesman said defending their practices.
Yeah, most criminal transactions are “situational and tightly controlled.” And many times, innocent people are under duress from a criminal to carry out an illegal act. But that otherwise innocent person isn’t off the hook just because he was under duress. A crime is a crime, right?
But when it’s the FBI making a criminal informant act under duress or overseeing the situation, it’s OK. Now, I get what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Usually, they catch a criminal and make him a deal where if he leads them to his former bosses, he won’t have to go to jail. He’ll remain an informant instead. And the FBI’s able to use the informant to give them information as needed or to conduct sting operations when the time comes.
The problem is that this is just the same policy that led to the Fast and Furious scandal that no one in the Department of Justice knows anything about. It also led to the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans and one of our border agents. They allowed a bunch of criminals to smuggle guns into Mexico with the express purpose of tracking them to find out where they end up. But then they lost track of the guns, which ended up in the hands of drug cartel leaders. And those guns are still being used to kill people. What a disaster.
If the Department of Justice is really all about enacting justice, and the FBI is about enforcing the law, they shouldn’t be able to make exceptions or use entrapment. They become as bad as the criminals they’re trying to catch.