Report: FBI SWAT Agent Turns Whistleblower After Realizing Manipulation Behind 'Bogus' Jan. 6 Raids

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An FBI whistleblower has come forward to say he lost his badge for declining to participate in a SWAT raid on the home of a suspect in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incursion.

FBI Special Agent Steve Friend believes this treatment of Americans in no way matches the alleged crimes.

The New York Post reported that Friend filed a whistleblower complaint with the Department of Justice on Wednesday contending the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office has become politicized using an “overzealous” Jan. 6 investigation to harass conservatives and violate their basic constitutional rights.

The 37-year-old pointed out the raids are being conducted on Jan. 6 subjects who have mainly been accused of misdemeanor crimes such as parading on the Capitol grounds and disorderly conduct.

Friend, who said he did not vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race, refused to participate in an Aug. 24 raid on a Jan. 6 subject in the Jacksonville, Florida, area, saying he was a “conscientious objector.”

“I have an oath to uphold the Constitution,” he told supervisors.

On Aug. 19, the agent first told his immediate boss, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Greg Federico, that he believed “it was inappropriate to use an FBI SWAT team to arrest a subject for misdemeanor offenses and opined that the subject would likely face extended detainment and biased jury pools in Washington, DC,” according to the Post.

In his whistleblower complaint to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, obtained by the Post, Friend laid out multiple violations of FBI policy relating to the Jan. 6 investigations.

He identified “manipulating” of FBI case management protocol and farming out of Jan. 6 cases to field offices across the country to build the case that right-wing domestic violence is a widespread, ongoing problem, instead of mainly related to one incident.
Further, Friend alleged that cases were being opened on innocent Americans who were nowhere near the Capitol based on anonymous tips.

He further said the FBI, post-facto, designated the grassy area outside the Capitol as a restricted area — though it was not on Jan. 6, 2021 — in order to increase the number of people subject to prosecution.

You can read more about this gut wrenching overreach by FBI below.
 

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fsu1jreed

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“I have an oath to uphold the Constitution,”

If so then these swat team raids are more that justified....they stormed the capital with deadly intent....i give no fvcks for any of those idiots.

It blows my mind the logical hurdles the morons will jump to justify any maga actions....five bucks he's not only MAGA, but a QAnon also, no mettter what he said
 

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An FBI whistleblower has come forward to say he lost his badge for declining to participate in a SWAT raid on the home of a suspect in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incursion.

FBI Special Agent Steve Friend believes this treatment of Americans in no way matches the alleged crimes.

The New York Post reported that Friend filed a whistleblower complaint with the Department of Justice on Wednesday contending the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office has become politicized using an “overzealous” Jan. 6 investigation to harass conservatives and violate their basic constitutional rights.

The 37-year-old pointed out the raids are being conducted on Jan. 6 subjects who have mainly been accused of misdemeanor crimes such as parading on the Capitol grounds and disorderly conduct.

Friend, who said he did not vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race, refused to participate in an Aug. 24 raid on a Jan. 6 subject in the Jacksonville, Florida, area, saying he was a “conscientious objector.”

“I have an oath to uphold the Constitution,” he told supervisors.

On Aug. 19, the agent first told his immediate boss, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Greg Federico, that he believed “it was inappropriate to use an FBI SWAT team to arrest a subject for misdemeanor offenses and opined that the subject would likely face extended detainment and biased jury pools in Washington, DC,” according to the Post.

In his whistleblower complaint to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, obtained by the Post, Friend laid out multiple violations of FBI policy relating to the Jan. 6 investigations.

He identified “manipulating” of FBI case management protocol and farming out of Jan. 6 cases to field offices across the country to build the case that right-wing domestic violence is a widespread, ongoing problem, instead of mainly related to one incident.
Further, Friend alleged that cases were being opened on innocent Americans who were nowhere near the Capitol based on anonymous tips.

He further said the FBI, post-facto, designated the grassy area outside the Capitol as a restricted area — though it was not on Jan. 6, 2021 — in order to increase the number of people subject to prosecution.

You can read more about this gut wrenching overreach by FBI below.

JFC, Do you take lessons? Total freaking idiot.
 

Huey Grey

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OP is really onto something. Here Trump is using his mentalist defense, and getting abused worse than Melania in court rulings, when all he needs is this guy.

OP should email Trump, so his handlers can print it out for him, and get Don's legal team back on the winning track.
 

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“I have an oath to uphold the Constitution,”

If so then these swat team raids are more that justified....they stormed the capital with deadly intent....i give no fvcks for any of those idiots.

It blows my mind the logical hurdles the morons will jump to justify any maga actions....five bucks he's not only MAGA, but a QAnon also, no mettter what he said
IF this person was there protesting but didn’t storm the capital, do you think an FBI swat team raid is justified?
 

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IF this person was there protesting but didn’t storm the capital, do you think an FBI swat team raid is justified?

IF that was the ONLY thing a person was doing, no. IF the raid was occurring because the person did ADDITIONAL things warranting the raid, yes.

That said, I’m only hearing Mr. Friend’s side of the story. I need to hear the other side before I determine if there are any problems. Ya know - both sides, both sides.
 

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Western Journalism founder Floyd Brown also founded the Political Action Committee Citizens United[3] and served as executive director of the Young America's Foundation.[4]

The site was acquired by Liftable Media, Inc. in 2014,[5] which also owns the political opinion websites Conservative Tribune and Liberty Alliance,[5] and the human-interest website Liftable.com.[6] It also owns and provides content to dozens of conservative Facebook pages.[7]

Newsweek reported that the site has grown from receiving 1,000 page views a day in 2009[3] to more than 1 million during 2016.[8]

In a 2016 story on how fake news spreads on social media, The Intercept reported that "Thanks to views sourced largely to referrals from Facebook, Brown's websites now outrank web traffic going to news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and NPR, according to data compiled by Alexa".[9]

The company changed its name in 2018 to The Western Journal, hired trained copy editors, and introduced a corrections page.[7] The New York Times reported in 2019 that the site had more than 36 million readers and followers on Facebook.[7]


Controversy​

Western Journalism previously stated it featured "conservative, libertarian, free market and pro-family writers and broadcasters"[10] and seeks to provide "God-honoring" content.[5] In practice, according to The New York Times, this philosophy, in which "tradition-minded patriots face ceaseless assault by anti-Christian bigots, diseased migrants and race hustlers concocting hate crimes," results in "a torrent of sensationalized, misleading, or entirely made-up stories, often aimed at Muslims and immigrants."[7] Because of negative rulings by fact-checking sites and user trust surveys, Western Journalism was blacklisted by Google and Apple News, and by 2017 its Facebook traffic declined to near zero.[7]

In February 2019, The Western Journal published an article which alleged "Climate Change 'Heat Records' Are a Huge Data Manipulation." Scientists criticized the article, saying it was deceptive and that it contradicted existing research. The Western Journal subsequently retracted the article.[11]

In November 2021, a study by the Center for Countering Digital Hate described The Western Journal as being among "ten fringe publishers" that together were responsible for nearly 70 percent of Facebook user interactions with content that denied climate change. Facebook disputed the study's methodology.[12][13]

 

RNHawk

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Depends upon other circumstances I suppose....though the way I see it, if you didn't immediately leave the area when the shit hit the fan then you guilty by association
Even guilty by association deserves a Swat team,,,,come on
 
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RNHawk

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Western Journalism founder Floyd Brown also founded the Political Action Committee Citizens United[3] and served as executive director of the Young America's Foundation.[4]

The site was acquired by Liftable Media, Inc. in 2014,[5] which also owns the political opinion websites Conservative Tribune and Liberty Alliance,[5] and the human-interest website Liftable.com.[6] It also owns and provides content to dozens of conservative Facebook pages.[7]

Newsweek reported that the site has grown from receiving 1,000 page views a day in 2009[3] to more than 1 million during 2016.[8]

In a 2016 story on how fake news spreads on social media, The Intercept reported that "Thanks to views sourced largely to referrals from Facebook, Brown's websites now outrank web traffic going to news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and NPR, according to data compiled by Alexa".[9]

The company changed its name in 2018 to The Western Journal, hired trained copy editors, and introduced a corrections page.[7] The New York Times reported in 2019 that the site had more than 36 million readers and followers on Facebook.[7]


Controversy​

Western Journalism previously stated it featured "conservative, libertarian, free market and pro-family writers and broadcasters"[10] and seeks to provide "God-honoring" content.[5] In practice, according to The New York Times, this philosophy, in which "tradition-minded patriots face ceaseless assault by anti-Christian bigots, diseased migrants and race hustlers concocting hate crimes," results in "a torrent of sensationalized, misleading, or entirely made-up stories, often aimed at Muslims and immigrants."[7] Because of negative rulings by fact-checking sites and user trust surveys, Western Journalism was blacklisted by Google and Apple News, and by 2017 its Facebook traffic declined to near zero.[7]

In February 2019, The Western Journal published an article which alleged "Climate Change 'Heat Records' Are a Huge Data Manipulation." Scientists criticized the article, saying it was deceptive and that it contradicted existing research. The Western Journal subsequently retracted the article.[11]

In November 2021, a study by the Center for Countering Digital Hate described The Western Journal as being among "ten fringe publishers" that together were responsible for nearly 70 percent of Facebook user interactions with content that denied climate change. Facebook disputed the study's methodology.[12][13]

I do believe he was on a podcast so you can hear it straight from his mouth
 

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If the Groundhog named Trump doesn't see his shadow on the WH lawn on Jan 21, 2024, it's gonna be another long 4 years in jail for these folks w/o a pardon....