The FBI Used to Have Integrity. Now Agents Lie, Cheat, and Break the Law.

The agency cuts constitutional corners in order to incriminate, then tries to change the subject.


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Does the FBI manifest fidelity, bravery, and integrity, or does it cut constitutional corners in order to incriminate? Can the FBI cut the cable television lines to your house and then show up pretending to be the cable guy and install listening devices? Can FBI agents and technicians testify falsely and cause the innocent to be convicted, incarcerated and, in some cases, executed?

In 2014, FBI agents in Las Vegas were on the trail of Wei Seng Phua, whom they believed was running an illegal gambling operation out of his hotel room at Caesars Palace. Instead of following him, asking questions about him, and using other traditional investigative techniques, a few agents came up with the idea of planting a wiretap in Phua's hotel room.

They bribed a hotel employee, who gave them access to a place in the hotel where they could disable the cable television wires to Phua's room. When he called for repair, they showed up pretending to be cable guys, and he let them into his room. They repaired what they had disabled, but they also illegally wiretapped the phones in the room. Then they overheard his telephone conversations about his illegal gambling, and they arrested him. A grand jury indicted him based on what was overheard.

The grand jury was not told of the wire cutting and the con job, but a federal judge was. Last week, he criticized the FBI for conducting an illegal search of Phua's room, in direct contravention of the Fourth Amendment, which the agents swore to uphold, and he barred the government from using the tapes of the telephone conversations as evidence against Phua. If the government can get away with this, he ruled, then constitutional guarantees are meaningless.

These lawless agents should have been indicted by a state grand jury for breaking and entering by false pretense, but Caesars declined to seek their prosecution. No surprise.

It was surprising, however, when the FBI was forced to admit last week that in the 1980s and 1990s, its agents and lab technicians who examined hair samples testified falsely in 257 of 268 cases that resulted in convictions. Of the convictions, 18 persons were sentenced to death, and of those, 12 have been executed.

Some of these cases were federal, but most were state prosecutions in which state and county prosecutors hired the FBI to perform lab tests and compare hair samples from a crime scene with a defendant's known hair sample. The faulty lab work and erroneous testimony destroyed the freedom of hundreds and the lives of 12, squandered millions in tax dollars, and impaired the constitutional values we all embrace.

You probably did not hear about the FBI cable guys or the admitted 96 percent rate of false testimony in cases of conviction. That's because the FBI skillfully diverted your attention.

In an effort to pick a front-page fight with the government of Poland, FBI Director James Comey revealed last week that the very concept of the Holocaust has moved him deeply—so deeply that he has ordered all new FBI agents to spend quiet time at the Holocaust Museum contemplating its horrors. He argued that the terror of Nazi agents became so commonplace that its wrongness was no longer apparent to them. That's probably true. The Nazis did so much killing that their acts of killing innocents became commonplace to the killers. Then he blamed the Poles for their own victimization because of the few among them who collaborated with their invaders. This brought the hoped-for fierce blowback from the Polish government and top-of-the-fold criticism of Comey for two days.

Earlier this week, the FBI announced the arrest of eight persons for attempting to leave the United States in order to join ISIS. The actual charge is attempting to provide material assistance to a terrorist organization. These ISIS people are truly monsters. Yet, Americans have a natural right to travel where they want and associate with whomever they please. The test of a truly free country is the right to leave it.

Moreover, this was a controlled FBI sting. The defendants were instigated by and under the watchful eyes of FBI undercover agents. The FBI admits that the defendants never posed any harm. How can it be a crime—or harmful—for people to leave the U.S.? If people with evil inclinations want to leave, let them go; arrest them when they return if they cause harm.

For 600 years of Anglo-American jurisprudence, the definition of crime has included the element of harm. No one was harmed by this sting except the taxpayers. Yet, this announcement dominated the news cycle as hoped for.

Why chastise the Poles, who suffered egregiously under the Nazis, in 2015 for the few who collaborated with them in 1942? Why entrap losers who harmed no one into thinking they could freely leave the country and join an army of monsters and then announce their arrest during a bad week? To change the subject; that's why.

Will FBI agents who lie, cheat, break the law, and testify falsely be brought to justice? Will their superiors who condone this be made to answer? Does the FBI work for us, or do we work for it?

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  1. Who came up with that title? When exactly was it that the FBI had integrity? BTW Judge, congratulations on limiting the string of interrogatories to only the first paragraph. This was actually a very readable piece. Keep it up.

    1. Back when The X-Files was in its prime.

      1. The excellent judge obviously has this one wrong. He must realize that without lying and cheating, we could never, for example, have reintroduced criminal libel in New York through the back door, without “good faith” or “truth” as defenses. See the case documentation at:


        This is a fantastic development in the law, one whose fruits will be seen for decades to come, and it would never have taken place without the blatant dishonesty of prosecutors and others involved in implementing criminal justice in our great land. So sometimes we need a little bit of cheating and lying to get things done around here. Would Judge Napolitano like to mocked on the Internet, without any opportunity to have his “parodist” prosecuted and incarcerated for impersonating him? Let him thank New York’s finest for their willingness to cheat and lie when it was their turn to put an end to some of that there illegal online speech that we keep seeing in those “tweets” and “blogs.”

      2. Excellent use of question marks.

    2. Yes, good stuff, but something tells me you didn’t read the last two paragraphs.

  2. Whew, I worried the article was short on rhetorical questions, but then the ole judge came on strong at the finish. Nice job ….?

  3. The defense should have access to all evidence to run it’s own lab tests on anything submitted in court–especially in capital cases. Science is not magic. And crime lab technicians are necessarily partisan.

    1. Look, based on AGW, science is majic, or faith, or something.

      1. Yeah, I forgot that Science is a god that determines Truth by consensus. Principal is the greater god that determines Science to be Truth. Truth is also determined by consensus because Democracy.

  4. The legacy of J.Edgar Hover marches on

    1. The cross dressing psychopathic feral pig should be dug up once a year and hung just for good measure.

      The rogue agency should be renamed to FIB.

  5. No, the FBI has never been a paragon of F.B.I. It just had good PR, and Hoover had some kind of hold over politicians and the media to hang on to his job for so long and maintain that veneer of F.B.I. What conclusion is possible other than him learning all sorts of sordid secrets from all his snooping?

    The facade is falling away due to the internet, phone cameras, and, I suspect, jealousy from its competitors (NSA, CIA, DEA) who don’t have Hoover’s finesse, and rush things in their hurry to out-snoop the FBI.

    1. Hoover had some kind of hold over politicians

      It is called “blackmail”. Is that racist?

      1. I prefer extortion. The x makes it sound cool.

        1. byte my shiny metal ass.

  6. You would think this would be a huge story on all the news networks. In light of all the police abuse being uncovered by mostly private video’s ,I’m sure their going to do stories on rampant police abuse.Yeah right.Oh and D.E.A.!!

  7. You’re saying a federal agency who was created to both stop interracial sex between whites and asians and to imprison women who were too sexual has no integrity? I’m shocked.

  8. Regarding the FBI solving crimes, there’s a lot more snitching than sleuthing.

  9. The F.B.I. has spent decades building a reputation for integrity through careful manipulation of Hollywood, but I’m far from convinced that they ever had any. Hoover was a mean sonofabitch, who loved power and hated playing by rules. I’m sure there have been individual agents, and even offices, that had some kind of standards of behavior, but overall I expect the F.B.I. to be fairly typical of federal agencies; bullies, cowboys, empire-builders, and screwups.

  10. The modern surveillance state laughs at us when we bring up J. Edgar Hoover as a pro at getting the dirt on people. The NSA makes that look like kindergarten kid stuff. Everybody can be brought to heel when you have access to all their communications. Media, uncooperative pols, agitators… you name it. Falsifying evidence is just one more tool once you’ve thrown integrity out the window. Eventually, we’ll decide there is enough of this shit going on to get serious about doing something about it, but I’ll bet it gets much worse before it gets better. Why do you think they try so hard to take away firearms? They know if we keep them, eventually they’ll be looking at them from the unfriendly end…

  11. The FBI has been utterly bereft of integrity at least as far back as their attempt to drive MLK to commit suicde, and given the twisted, sociopathic mentality of its founder, I would be hard pressed to believe that they EVER acted as an honest law enforcement agency.


  12. It used to have “integrity”? Really? When?

    1. Some time in the late ’60s for an hour or so, as I recall.

      1. It was written up in Time magazine.

  13. American civilian policing, be it city, county, state or federal, is completely out of control. It may be too late to place a firm boot on their necks.

    You see a cop these days, you’ll do well to avoid them. Don’t talk to them. Don’t go near them. Don’t associate with them. Don’t let your kids play with their kids. Discourage them from moving into your neighborhood.

    If you ever want to take a non-violent situation and make it violent, just get them involved. They will escalate the smallest, chicken-shit issue into chaos and misery.

  14. In order to survive, we steal,
    Cheat, lie, forge, fuck, hide and deal.
    We are obscene, lawless, hideous, dangerous, dirty, violent?

  15. Thanks, Judge – you’re one of the best things about watching Fox News and Fox Business Channel. It’s too bad you, John Stossel and Kennedy can’t get the O’Reilly-Hannity Faction over Fox to be more Libertarian and lot, lot less Republican. As you’ve said before, the Republicans are just one of the wings of the Big Government Party. Both wings want to crush our rights, they just want to go about it in different ways.

    Thanks for the words on the FBI. My view is that we should phase out the FBI, the NSA, CIA and the Department of Homeland Security. All of them are dangers to our liberties and the Constitution. Of course, that would require Americans to finally realize that our many of our problems are the result of over 75 years of attempting to and succeeding in meddling in the affairs of other countries and reducing individual liberty here at home.

  16. Wow. I agree wholeheartedly with everything Judge Napolitano said. HE needs to be here more/.

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  18. All due respect for Mr. Napolitano, (sincerely, not internet troll-wise), but I have to ask if he knows anything of the Bureau’s history. This is EXACTLY my grandfather’s FBI! My grandfather and namesake was a g-man under Hoover in the 30’s, and he learned J. Edgar’s lessons so well that he went on to use them for Senate Democrats in the 50’s-70’s. My Pop-Pop was censured by the Senate for taking the mail covers of all the correspondece going in and out of McCarthy’s office and trying to dig up dirt on the recipients. (BTW, this is something the USPS shares with various agencies around the beltway of every single piece of mail in their care, so i would like the Senate to rescind the censure, if only for consistency.) It wasn’t just the Democrats that used to higher ex-Feebs for their dirty trick skills. 100 points for the name of the bald headed, mustachioed former Special Agent who went to jail over his breaking into the Watergate Hotel round about 72? The FBI has always acted outside their constitutional bounds. The only difference between then and now is that they can’t hide behind a limited media and blinded public.

  19. Unfortunately, it seems that the FBI has swallowed the cornball propaganda portrayals of all, those Hollywood films. The facts, as is usually the case, tell a somewhat different story.

  20. This is why police powers must be under close scrutiny at all times. We must be ever vigilant against the excesses of the government because everyone accepts the legitimacy of the government gang. However, most people forget that the government gang, as any organized criminal enterprise, enforces its dictates behind the barrel of a gun. Yes, we are free in America, free to do whatever the government allows us to do.

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  23. Its not just the FBI …


  24. The FBI needs a more accurate name.. I propose FIB.

  25. The fbi never had integrity; they just put on a fa?ade and a good show for public consumption, and the media fed it to the people.


    I am a Texas *attorney

    and I ask why are some judges and attorneys railroading innocent people into prison!

    Fbi fraudulent stings to set people up for arrest, imprisonment (or death) and
    a lifetime of persecution/torture.

    Perjury by fbi in alleged Sex offense

    My writ:

    your beloved fbi:

    The fbi engages in much more than spying; try threats, harassment, torture, forced suicide, false arrest, assassinations.

    Public Notice:

    For the defense in cases prosecuted by the fbi:

    GERAL SOSBEE, ATTORNEY, witness to the macabre culture and grossly unlawful & criminal practices of the fbi:


    *Not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

    e.g. fbi plants child porn on my smart phone

    fbi fraudulent attempts to plant my name at the scene of a crime:

  26. Fbi also torture, force suicide while monitoring the victim, and assassinate innocent citizens, including combat war vets/whistleblowers.

  27. The fbi is on a crime spree unprecedented in human affairs.
    See a few of my reports at academia.edu.,

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