OP-ED: FBI hero paying the price for exposing unjust ‘persecution’ of conservative Americans

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As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News App offers the following opinion editorial written by Miranda Devine and published by NYPost.com:

Bombshell allegations by FBI Special Agent Steve Friend contained in a whistleblower complaint filed late Wednesday with the Department of Justice inspector general reveal a politicized Washington, DC, FBI field office cooking the books to exaggerate the threat of domestic terrorism, and ­using an “overzealous” January 6 ­investigation to harass conservative Americans and violate their constitutional rights.

Friend, 37, a respected 12-year veteran of the FBI and a SWAT team member, was suspended Monday, stripped of his gun and badge, and escorted out of the FBI field office in Daytona Beach, Fla., after complaining to his supervisors about the violations.

He was declared absent without leave last month for refusing to participate in SWAT raids that he believed violated FBI policy and were a use of excessive force against Jan. 6 ­subjects accused of misdemeanor ­offenses.

Although he did not vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, Friend refused to participate in an August 24 raid on a January 6 suspect’s home in Jacksonville, Florida, explaining that “he told his immediate boss twice that he believed the raid, and the investigative process leading up to it, violated FBI policy.”

“This American hero, the father of two small children, has blown up his “dream career” because he could not live with his conscience if he continued to be part of what he sees as the unjust persecution of conservative Americans,” Devine writes.

“I have a moral objection and want to be considered a conscientious objector,” he told his supervisors.

Friend also said in his whistleblower complaint to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz that he was pulled away from working on active investigations into child sexual exploitation and human trafficking to work on January 6 cases.

After complaining to his boss, he was punished. The New York post writes:

His top-secret security clearance was suspended last week because he “entered FBI space [his office] and downloaded documents from FBI computer systems [an employee handbook and guidelines for employee disciplinary procedures] to an unauthorized removable flash drive.”

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  1. The fact that we are letting this hero who exposed these communists these traitors to America suffer shows exactly how far we have deteriorated and exactly how much of our national pride these Communists have already taken from us… they’re trying to put fear in the heart of anyone who will expose them we need to put a stop to this right now.

  2. Ever notice how whistle-blowers that blow the whistle on Republicans get the red carpet treatment and are national heros while whistle-blowers that blow the whistle on dems are fired, chastised, and banned?…so much fir equal justice…I believe this is a very serious issue

  3. Once Republican takes over the hoise, they can hire him back. That cloud be on effect in January 2023.

  4. We all know they’re persecuting conservatives and anyone associated with President Trump I applaud this whistleblower for telling the truth and I hope more come forward. I fear for the Jan 6th men and women who have been falsely accused of terrorism! They’re using this as a way to charge President Trump with some false indictment so they can get rid of him. If ever we need to fight and pray for this country it’s now !


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