Trust and the FBIBrian O'Hara
Trust and the FBI
The FBI has recently come under fire for all kinds of supposed misdeeds, conspiracies, etc. In addition, Director Wray, along with a number of other Justice Department officials, have specifically been acused of all kinds of scullduggery. The evening news is cluttered wiht storeis from both sides accusing the FBI and their management of this or that. The 24 hours news providers get their teeth into it and simply won’t let go. and unfortunatley, many of these accusations come from the very institutions, the FBI and the Department of Justice are designed to protect.
These accusations do nothing but undermine the credibility of the men and women we know and work with who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect not only us, but our families, our assets, and the very Constitution of the United States. Without them and thier dedicated work, we would live in a much scarier world. Do they make mistakes, of course! They are after all, humans and as such are bound to make mistakes. Sometimes minor, sometimes much larger and with far reaching consequences. But the assaults on the institutions themselves is withgout a doubt hurtful to the hard working men and women of the FBI, the Department of Justice, and all of our other law enforcement organizations.
I heard a wise man say one time “it’s easy to hate someone you don’t know. It’s much harder once you get to know them and understand them” (FBI Director James Comey, Indianapolis FBI ofice, Dec. 7, 2017). He gave the example of Archie Bunker and how his African American neighbors, the Jeffersons, were somehow different than the rest of the Black community; becasue they were his neighbors. He knew an undetstof them and so wer not like the “rest” of the black community who he disparaged as lazy, shiftless, and dumb. Director Comey’s story was aimed at illustrating the point that it is always easy to point the finger, make accusations, or beleive grand untrue generalizations against someone you don’t know or who is far away, or of a different color or faith. But once you get to know them, it becomes much harder to hate and discount their importance because it becomes personal. They become personal.
So I would say to those critics of the hard workging men and women that make up the FBI, and all of our members, stop and introduce yourself to our FBI agents the next time you see them at a meeting or fucntion. Tell them how much you appreciate the hard work they do and the danger they face in protecting us. Rememeber they work for the good of all of us! And due in large part to the nature of thier work, they are seldom hailed in the public eye. And once you get to know them, much like myself, I am sure you will find the vast majority to be upstanding patriots, and hard working Americans who have dedicated themselves to protecting us, our families, and our assets, both at home and abroad.
We could each do ourselves proud if we led our lives by their motto and values: Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity
Just my two cents.
Brian T. O’Hara