The FBI’s Rationalization For Its Twitter Content Manipulation: “We Do This Kind Of Thing All The Time!”

Well alrighty then! All is well!

The Federal Bureau of Investigation  issued a supposedly exonerating statement today following the latest “Twitter Files” dump, which disclosed information detailing the FBI’s correspondence with Twitter in October 2020. Substack’sMatt Taibbi revealed that the agency warned the previous management at Twitter of a “hack-and-leak” by “state actors” surrounding the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop to influence the 2020 presidential election. The “Twitter Files” also revealed that the FBI and Twitter worked closely in the lead up to the election, with documents published this week showing that the FBI paid Twitter nearly $3.5 million between October 2019 and February 2021 for  the expenses entailed by complying with the FBI’s demands/requests. The FBI also flagged certain tweets for Twitter to remove from the platform, the documents show, and FBI agents were  even employed at Twitter during this period.

If I were a publicity experts advising the FBI, my recommendation would be that no comment would be preferable to this statement, which is desperate and damning:

“The correspondence between the FBI and Twitter show nothing more than examples of our traditional, longstanding and ongoing federal government and private sector engagements, which involve numerous detailing companies over multiple sectors and industries. As evidenced in the correspondence, the FBI provides critical information to the private sector in an effort to allow them to protect themselves and their customers. The men and women of the FBI work every day to protect the American public. It is unfortunate that conspiracy theorists and others are feeding the American public misinformation with the sole purpose of attempting to discredit the agency.”

  • “We always do this” is just another variation on the biggest rationalization of them all, “Everybody does it.” Such “engagements” as the Twitter documents reveal are wrongful and unconstitutional. The FBI does a lot of bullying of news and information companies, does it? Good to know, but that’s a confession, not an excuse.
  • What the hell are “detailing companies”? This is the old government standby of resorting to jargon in order to confuse and mislead the public. It literally tells us that the FBI won’t be transparent, and is using doubletalk to throw up metaphorical dust.
  • How does censoring opinions and information on a public internet platform “protect” anyone, except the FBI’s totalitarian masters?
  • “The men and women of the FBI work every day to protect the American public.” The King’s Pass! (Rationalizaion #11) “Trust us, we’re the good guys, even when we do bad things, and because we’re so good, we should not be held responsible for the bad things we do.” Worse, this shameless statement alerts me to a rationalization I’ve missed: The Totalitarian’s Creed, or “We know what’s best.” I’ll write it up tomorrow.
  • And then an attack on the messenger. Of course. Deflect. Conspiracy theory! Misinformation! But the FBI doesn’t identify any misinformation.

Republican Kentucky Rep. James Comer, who will be the new House Oversight Chair, said yesterday that Congress should block funding of the FBI until it comes clean about its Big Tech censorship activities. “In the beginning, I thought that there were probably two or three rogue employees who were orchestrating this cover up of the Hunter Biden laptop story, but now we know the FBI had a division of at least 80 agents,” Comer said. “We also know that the FBI paid Twitter over $3 million for their time, all the time they took over the past couple of years in telling them who to suppress, who to ban. You know, it’s just things that the government has no role in. The FBI was never granted the authority to create any type of disinformation task force that policed the social media sites. Now this we know with Twitter. We’ve heard similar stories from Zuckerberg. Who knows what went on at YouTube and Google. This is an agency that’s out of control.”

But…but… that’s unfair! The FBI has always been out of control!!!

20 thoughts on “The FBI’s Rationalization For Its Twitter Content Manipulation: “We Do This Kind Of Thing All The Time!”

  1. Jack,
    My Christmas wish for you this year is that most of the FBI *special* agents are preoccupied with holiday obligations and will therefore hold off on their early morning intimidation raid until sometime after the 25th.
    Furthermore, I suggest not leaving Spuds out too early because he would then be at risk of being silenced.
    Cheers.

  2. Whew. That’s quite a statement. I’ve always skipped the thrillers about good guy agents being pursued and killed by the FBI and the CIA and such organizations being involved in all sorts of dastardly activity. Hmm. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck …. I guess Glenn Greenwald is not an alarmist when it comes to his thoughts and warnings on the intelligence community, so called.

  3. Before the 2020 election, I told my wife numerous times that if President Trump was re-elected, Task 1 on Day 1 should be to fire everyone in the FBI. Everyone. I don’t know if Presidents have that power, but as it turns out, many in that agency should be terminated. Some should be indicted.

    • Joel,
      I hope for your sake, the name you are going by here is just a pseudonym because FBI *special* agents have an unfortunate tendency to overreact when confronted with unsolicited criticism.

      • Nope, that is my real name, and if you want, you can call the FBI and tell them what I said.

        Just know that you might be called upon to lend a biff! or a kapow! or two in my aid. Keep an eye out for the bat signal…

  4. I was going to make a joke about automotive detailing, but the “detailing” companies line made me curious enough to check the source, and I can’t find the word “detailing” in it. Either it was a typo in the original that they quietly fixed, or a stray paste stuck it into the quote somehow, I conjecture.

  5. This is the FBI, right? The FBI that lied to get FISA warrants and help promote Hillary’s Russia-Trump collusion scam? The Peter Strzok & Lisa Page FBI? The FBI that raided a journalist for a lost Biden diary? That FBI? Yeah, I completely trust what they’re telling us now.

    • As I have said until I’m blue in the face, “The political left has shown its pattern of propaganda lies within their narratives so many times since 2016 that it’s beyond me why anyone would blindly accept any narrative that the political left and their lapdog media actively push?”

  6. If we’re truly honest with ourselves, we’ve known for a while that the FBI has been politically corrupted by the Democratic Party’s ideologically entrenched progressive activists, these activists are the same kind of politically motivated totalitarian minded activists that are controlling the political lefts Pravda like propagandist media outlets. These activists see absolutely nothing wrong with their unethical, immoral and anti-Constitution actions and that’s what needs to change.

    Joel mentioned above that everyone at the FBI needs to be fired but unfortunately that won’t work because when you hire new people to replace the partisan hacks what you’re going to get is just more of the same and you’re going to get it from both sides of the political aisle. The problem is that the massive move towards partisanship in the ranks is caused by the massive political division and THAT is what needs to be overcome in the agency.

    The correction must start at the absolute top of the FBI and roll down from there. Hire someone at the top that will not tolerate any partisan political corruption or unethical behavior in the ranks, period! Fix any FBI policies that allows unethical behavior. If there is any partisan political corruption or unethical behavior detected it’s not swept under the carpet, it’s dealt with immediately and the perpetrator(s) are stripped of rank with a permanent stain on their record or fired and the supervisor that allowed the corruption to fester without correction is stripped of rank with a permanent stain on their record or fired, this should send shockwaves through the ranks and the perpetrators will either straighten up, get fired or leave.

    I think the FBI has loads and loads of good people that just want to do their job the best they can and do it right every time and we need to keep all of those people and retrain the brains of the corrupted ones. The FBI needs to enforce, from the top down that the ends do not justify the means and all politics are to be left at home when they’re on the job, period.

    • Perhaps if individual agents involved in acts that violate a person’s Constitutional rights could be sued personally for monetary compensation without having to prove actual damages that might go a long way toward fixing the problem. When the cost of a behavior is high enough people stop doing it. Government should not be on the hook for individuals who operate outside the bounds of the Constitution.

    • I read a study years ago that explained why all government agencies become controlled by the Democratic Party. They were studying faculty search committees in universities. They asked the candidates “If the unquestionably best candidate for the position was of the opposite political party, would you hire them?” Well, ~70% of Republicans said ‘yes’, but only ~25% of Democrats said “yes”. Even if you start with 100% Republicans in an organization, it eventually becomes 100% Democrat if Democrats are allowed to make hiring decisions. Companies don’t all become 100% Democrat because they go bankrupt. Look at what Twitter was like when Musk bought it. They had 12,000 employees (counting contractors) and people worked 4 hour weeks. Now Twitter seems to be running with 2-3 thousand employees. How does the public school system or the FBI go bankrupt? What level of corruption waste, and incompetence are allowed before a government agency is disbanded? Let me know when you find out.

  7. What the hell are “detailing companies”

    I think perhaps they are using detail as a verb here, as in providing details to companies (presumably of us being naughty). Still weird, but I think that quote makes more sense if you read it like that.

    Or perhaps the FBI has shifted operations into the automobile industry….

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