The writer salvages some hope from the crashing of expectations related to the Durham investigation. She suggests that we may not see the perp walks some have wanted, but at least the FBI’s grievous sins are revealed.
Yes. Prosecutorial failure has become a new standard. It is always thus at empire’s end; and thus, too, the best one can hope for are redemptions that arise from lessons learned.
Here the most important lesson concerns propaganda. Too many Americans believe they are immune from it, or above it, or away from it; that propaganda is something which happens only to other people, usually people of a lesser breed. Durham, however, has shown that the FBI leveraged propaganda (the Steel dossier) to achieve obscure political aims. We have all seen the enormous waves of propaganda that subsequently broke around the FBI’s reefs to “explain” or “justify” this scandalous behavior. The rule of law has been all but washed away, obviously — by propaganda.
The FBI is not what we thought it was. That’s not much, but it’s a start.