The IG Report

So, the much awaited Inspector General from the Department of Justice is out. I haven’t yet read it, and may not bother. I increasingly detest bureaucratese, and since retiring, avoid it whenever possible. But it is important, and I’m interested, but Mollie Hemingway read it so I don’t have to. In my experience, she often comes to very much the conclusion I would, never exactly, but often close. So, what does she say, in one of those annoying Federalist 11 things posts? 🙂

  1. [And this is perhaps the most important takeaway of all. Who the author reports to and supports matters, especially when many things are subject to interpretation.]Learn How To Interpret An IG Report
    The best way to understand an inspector general (IG) report is less as a fiercely independent investigation that seeks justice and more like what you’d expect from a company’s human resources department. Employees frequently think that a company’s human resources department exists to serve employees. There’s some truth in that, but it’s more true that the human resources department exists to serve the corporation.

    At the end of the day, the HR department wants what’s best for the company. The FBI’s IG Michael Horowitz has a good reputation for good reason. But his report is in support of the FBI and its policies and procedures. As such, the findings will be focused on helping the FBI improve its adherence to those policies and procedures. Those who expected demands for justice in the face of widespread evidence of political bias and poor judgment by immature agents and executives were people unfamiliar with the purpose of IG reports.

    The IG is also a government bureaucrat producing government products that are supposed to be calm and boring. In the previous report that led to Andrew McCabe’s firing as deputy director of the FBI and referral for criminal prosecution, his serial lying under oath was dryly phrased as “lack of candor.” In this report detailing widespread problems riddled throughout the Clinton email probe, the language is similarly downplayed. That’s particularly true in the executive summary, which attempts to downplay the actual details that fill the report with evidence of poor decision-making, extreme political bias, and problematic patterns of behavior.

  2. FBI Agent Who Led Both The Clinton and Trump Probes Promised He’d Prevent Trump’s Election
  3. Comey Mishandled The Clinton Probe In Multiple Ways
  4. Comey Is Slippery And Weird
  5. FBI Has A Massive Leak Problem And Is Doing Nothing About It
  6. FBI Almost Got Away With Ignoring Clinton Emails On Weiner Laptop
  7. Breathtaking Bias
  8. Clinton Got Breaks, But Some Backfired
  9. Obama Lied When He Said He Knew Nothing About Hillary’s Secret E-mail Scheme
  10. FBI Agent Joked Clinton Associate Who Lied Would Never Be Charged, Questioned Legitimacy Of Investigation
  11. FBI’s Insulting Response

 

Other than the first, I just gave you Mollie’s bullet points, she documents them well, and you do need to read them, which you can in her article, 11 Quick Things To Know About The Inspector General’s Report.

And that last one is very troubling. The FBI doesn’t think it has a problem. It does, it has gotten to the point that a fair size plurality of the electorate is calling for its abolition, and with cause. It is out of the control of anybody, and its bullying practices are increasingly abhorrent, as it’s seen that it is no longer properly enforcing the law, but persecuting individually selected people.

After reading a fair number of reports in the last couple days, I think this is the fairest one, not glossing over problems, but neither contributing to the witchhunt. On the other hand, more often than not lately, the worst interpretations have been the most correct, but one continues to hope for a bottom to the swamp. But we may not be to it yet.

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18 Responses to The IG Report

  1. the unit says:

    It’d take a sinkhole to drain the swamp. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Maybe a canal to the Potomac? 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Nah, that’d just further pollute the ocean. Sinkhole could possibly drain it to Earth’s molten core.
        Then again, some durn volcano might spew it all back into the atmosphere.
        Maybe better to just make it a holding pond, letting nothing out to lobby. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          So that’s how we got Hawaiian judges! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Good extrapolation!

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        • NEO says:

          Thanks! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          However, let’s keep assuming Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Not a wind blown particle. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, all that to avoid the Muslims! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I know, I know. Some Scandie, Dag Hammershoult or somebody, really discovered America. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Leif Ericson, they say. No relation to Erik, obviously! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Yep, to sail away was about only sure way to escape slavery. ‘Course they killed mostly, and took fair and gingers home. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Of course, Scandis used to be sensible folk. 🙂 And don’t forget, one of them ended up with about a third of France, and his great grandson conquered England. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I was thinking more toward the Columbus types and the wars with Moors before 1492. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          That is a different kettle of fish. 🙂

          By the way the Emperor’s guard at Constantinople was Swedish (mostly) joined by some Anglo-Saxons after 1066. 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    Glad you know so much history. I’d’ve thought Constantinople was the latest generation of non-drowsy antihistamine following Claritin. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Nah, by the time it fell, they were rather drowsy. 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    Oh yeah, Erik Ericson. That had to settle in ’til my nap was done. All that came to mind at first was a blowhard I knew named Erik Atchison 40 years ago. So oh yeah, same difference. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Good description of this one as well! 🙂

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