When I was an 8-year-old boy, I idolized and was inspired by the FBI. I wrote a letter to the director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover. I described my aspiration to be an FBI agent, to fight crime with him, to help him bring justice to the United States of America. A short time later, I received a short reply, signed (I have no doubt) by Director Hoover himself, in which he encouraged me to follow my ideals, to diligently study and to prepare myself, inspired for a life as an honorable American.
Over the years, my childhood idol has suffered revelations about his own rectitude, but nothing he has ever done even remotely approaches the disgraceful actions revealed today, committed by the great FBI that I idolized. This week, we learned that an American hero, a loyal lifelong and proved courageous defender of our nation, was callously framed by a political conspiracy of the most senior FBI officials, seeking thereby to defame and destroy the newly elected president of the United States, Donald Trump.
Over the years, the FBI regrettably has shown itself to be self-serving and inept and has suffered several disgraceful scandals, but always committed by lesser men. Today, the FBI, at the very top, has shown itself to actually be seditious, subverting the office of the president of the United States!
On April 30, 2020, the 8-year-old boy in me has tears running down his face. The FBI, from its current director, Christopher Wray, to its lowest janitor, has irretrievably disgraced itself and, most grievously, has destroyed forever the faith and confidence that Americans have granted to what once was the greatest law enforcement entity in the world.
Will it ever again be an inspiration to 8-year-old American boys?