03/26/10 A little outdated but still the front page article on their webpage.
Public corruption is a breach of trust by federal, state, or local officials—often with the help of private sector accomplices. It’s also the FBI’s top criminal investigative priority. To explain why the Bureau takes public corruption so seriously and how we investigate, we talked with Special Agent Patrick Bohrer, assistant section chief of our Public Corruption/Civil Rights program at FBI Headquarters.
Question: Why is public corruption so high on the FBI’s list of investigative priorities?
Answer: Because of its impact. Corrupt public officials undermine our country’s national security, our overall safety, the public trust, and confidence in the U.S. government, wasting billions of dollars along the way. This corruption can tarnish virtually every aspect of society. For example, a border official might take a bribe, knowingly or unknowingly letting in a truck containing weapons of mass destruction. Or corrupt state legislators could cast deciding votes on a bill providing funding or other benefits to a company for the wrong reasons. Or at the local level, a building inspector might be paid to overlook some bad wiring, which could cause a deadly fire down the road.
Q: Can you describe the kinds of public corruption that the FBI investigates?
A: It really runs the gamut. Bribery is the most common. But there’s also extortion, embezzlement, racketeering, kickbacks, and money laundering, as well as wire, mail, bank, and tax fraud. Right now, based on our intelligence on emerging trends, we are focused specifically on several major issues: corruption along our national borders; corrupt officials who take advantage of natural disasters or economic crises to divert some of the government’s aid into their own pockets; and a myriad of officials who may personally benefit from the economic stimulus funding.
Q: Where do you find this corruption?
A: Just about everywhere—at the federal, state, and local levels throughout the country. And I should point out, the vast majority of our country’s public officials are honest and work hard to improve the lives of the American people. But a small number make decisions for the wrong reasons—usually, to line their own pockets or those of friends and family. These people can be found—and have been found—in legislatures, courts, city halls, law enforcement departments, school and zoning boards, government agencies of all kinds (including those that regulate elections and transportation), and even companies that do business with government.
Q: How does the FBI investigate public corruption?
A: We’re in a unique position to investigate allegations of public corruption. Our lawful use of sophisticated investigative tools and methods—like undercover operations, court-authorized electronic surveillance, and informants—often gives us a front-row seat to witness the actual exchange of bribe money or a backroom handshake that seals an illegal deal…and enough evidence to send the culprits to prison. But we have plenty of help. We often work in conjunction with the inspector general offices from various federal agencies, as well as with our state and local partners. And we depend greatly on assistance from the public. So let me end by saying, if anyone out there has any information about potential wrongdoing by a public official, please submit a tip online or contact your local FBI field office. Your help really makes a difference.
Seriously? My experience with the lazy FBI agent. This is my life you have taken. Do you understand being gang raped? The damage done?
I have taken 1 step forward and 10 steps backward. Let me tell you how my interaction has developed with the FBI. I actually have made contact with an agent at the Federal level and it has been a difficult task that is not nearly over and done with to my satisfaction by any means. The article above talks about wasted money, in my case I can identify wasted money as in the local division agent actually getting taxpayers money for doing nothing that is described as an investigation. I began seeking assistance from the FBI in 2007. My case if reviewed any reasonable person could recognize, clearly supports local government corruption. I do not care who you are if you do not understand that private property rights are protected, Federally guaranteed to every citizen. It makes no difference for those who want to argue, these rights are protected by the Constitutional law, by natural law, or by God’s law. These are unalienable rights never to be taken. It’s been well over a year since I first contacted this local agent. I had a vision of how this would play out. I was totally disillusioned to the reality of how this really works. I contacted the FBI numerous times since 2007. It was always a quick excuse to why they cannot assist and goodbye. To have the opportunity to speak directly is nonexistent. I did write to my US Senator in 2007 requesting that he help me get my case investigated. Initially he blew me off probably thinking that I was “crazy”. The difference in this case is if Mr. Senator had that opinion he kept it as a thought. Unlike my local government officials who defamed my character by making statements that I was “crazy” with intent to give the general public an unfavorable opinion of my character. Defamation of character is a violation of Federal Law 28 U.S. Code § 4101 – Definitions
Eventually I did convince my Senator that my case is a Federal case. During this extended period of time he has requested two congressional inquiries on my behalf. That being done I assumed it was reasonable an agent would reach out to me. Never happened, I had no name or contact information for any agent. I had no idea how the agency is structured. At some point I became determined that somebody with authority of the FBI was going to review the evidence supporting my allegations. I packed up my old truck and headed to Cedar Rapids with my extensive library of evidence. I arrived in the parking lot around 2:00pm. I call the number listed for this division. Apparently with the local division the agent you get is the one who answers the telephone. I told him my intention. He advised me that is was to late in the afternoon for me to meet with anyone. I advised him that I would get a room and be there first thing in the morning. He advised me that I would not be able to speak with anyone on the following day because it was Columbus Day. I couldn’t believe I had not recognized that day as being a Federal holiday and accepted it as an error on my part. We spoke several times after trying to make arrangements to meet but those appointment were canceled do to various reasons, I did request that he come to my home because I have limited resources and frankly could not afford to travel that distance again. My vehicles is old and not trustworthy. After all this time of pleading and begging for anyone of authority to simply review my evidence. He finally agreed to meet me at my house. Prior to the date we had set to meet I advised him that my evidence takes an estimated 12 hours to review. He advised me that he did not intend to spend 12 hours reviewing anything. I was ready to get a room when I went to his location. He arrived and I had placed evidence supporting specific allegations in separate piles for his convenience, I was in the process of explaining what was where when he advised me that he would just take notes on what I would tell him orally. There is no way to tell this story verbally. It is simply too complex and confusing in that the witnesses and criminal actors are family member and many same names. There are so many individuals involved. There were 4 Mayors over this period of five years not to mention the turnover in law enforcement and council members. The agent arrived at 11: 00 am. I had not even gotten started telling him what took place before he advised me that he believed this to be a civil case. We both agreed that neither of us were lawyers. I asked him to please submit what few facts he did have of the case to a US Attorney. He advised me that he did not intend to submit my case to an attorney. He left my house at 2:00pm timing the ride so he would be back to his office by 5:00pm. I think his unwillingness to work overtime or on a holiday was odd, different than I expected. I expected an officer whose duty it is to expose public corruption to be more interested in a case alleging public corruption, Not long after he left the mail came. In the mail that day was a letter from an Assistant Deputy Director at the Washington bureau. The letter informed me that it had been determined there has been no violation of Federal law. At that point I became angry. At what point can a determination of any kind be made without a through review of the evidence. I need an answer to that question. I demand an answer to that question. I have since been advised by credible State attorneys that my case is in violation of Federal law. I know a person cannot unlawfully apply chemicals to another person’s property with intent to cause serious injury, I know a person cannot redevelop a property violating State building codes. I know that all the acts committed against me are criminal offenses, not as the agent advised me civil offenses. I know I will not settle for the word of any person disputing what I know to be true. I recognize hearsay and facts determine the ruling of a court. I have emailed this agent requesting the name of his supervisor. He will not reply. I sent a certified letter to the Assistant Deputy Director of the letter determining no Federal law has been violated and someone did receive it, So when law enforcement is negligent at the Federal level what recourse for justice does one have? The only resource available that I am aware of is the right given by the second amendment. I am not an attorney but I am not completely ignorant of the law either, Who are these people falsely portraying themselves as representatives of defenders of the law and protector of the Constitution. I have reach out to every resource available, all have assaulted me as a woman unequal for protection of the law. Give me liberty or give me death. In regard to the last sentence of the article. I have tried to get information to this agency for 10 years and making contact must be similar to breaking into Ft. Knox. I submitted tips, I called the Washington bureau, I called the Omaha Division multiple times. No person ever showed the professional courtesy to respond. The newly elected Sheriff went so far to put me in contact with an agent he knows. He has a conflict of interest and has violated State laws on behalf of the corrupt local officials I have evidence supporting all my allegations and I have not had the opportunity to touch on them yet. Fortunately he was not an agent with my local division. This contact from the Sheriff was quick to advise me that the statute of limitation has expired. I returned a message on his voicemail advising him that there is no statute of limitation for acts of terrorism. There was no response. I am not accepting of what this enterprise of local rapist have perpetrated on me. Someone needs to be a hero sooner than later in my opinion, I believe I have the right to file a formal complaint. I do not have access to the information as to how to file a complaint.
In this case it would be suitable to bring Federal charges for torture 18 U.S. Code § 2340