On Wednesday, the people of Cleveland got to watch their Fourth of July parade and fireworks displays in peace, thanks to the FBI.
FBI officials said that Demetrius Pitts, an American citizen also known as Abdur Raheem Rafeeq, who has expressed support for Al Quada, was allegedly scouting out locations to launch a bomb attack, including Cleveland’s Fourth of July parade.
Pitts also talked to an undercover FBI agent about giving remote control cars packed with explosives to children of those in the American military. He was arrested on Monday before he could carry out any of these awful plans.
But that’s what the FBI has been quietly and mostly effectively doing since 9-11. Last Christmas, the agency thwarted an attack by Everitt Aaron Johnson, an ISIS-inspired tow truck driver and ex-Marine who plotted to blow up a crowded San Francisco pier. Johnson had hailed the October 31, 2017 attack in NYC in which an ISIS sympathizer plowed a pickup truck into a bike path, killing eight people.
The FBI, while not perfect, has been putting itself on the line for us this way for years. So why is the president of the United States constantly bashing them and other American intelligence agencies trying to protect us?
Because American intelligence discovered that Russia interfered with our 2016 elections, and may have colluded with the Trump campaign in doing so. The president recently called the investigation of such collusion “a political hit job” and talked darkly of a “deep state” conspiracy against him.
Constantly bashing and denigrating American intelligence agencies while praising Russian president Vladimir Putin (“he said he didn’t meddle”) and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un (“he’s got a great personality”) undermines the morale and effectiveness of these agencies.
“The FBI is in tatters?” former acting attorney general Sally Yates tweeted. “No. The only thing in tatters is the President’s respect for the rule of law. The dedicated men and women of the FBI deserve better.”
So while you may not hear this much lately, thank God for the FBI, and other American intelligence services working daily to keep us safe from enemies foreign and domestic.
BTW, what was the response from our president to the FBI preventing a disaster this week?