The Fall of the FBI: How a Once Great Agency Became a Threat to Democracy

The Fall of the FBI: How a Once Great Agency Became a Threat to Democracy

by Thomas J. Baker
The Fall of the FBI: How a Once Great Agency Became a Threat to Democracy

The Fall of the FBI: How a Once Great Agency Became a Threat to Democracy

by Thomas J. Baker


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An FBI veteran explains how the Mueller–Comey cabal turned the FBI from a “swear to tell the truth” law-enforcement agency to a politicized intelligence organization.

Americans have lost faith in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an institution they once regarded as the world’s greatest law-enforcement agency. Thomas Baker spent many years with the FBI and is deeply troubled by this loss of faith. Specific lapses have come to light and each is thoroughly discussed in this book: Why did they happen? What changed? The answer begins days after the 9/11 attacks when the FBI underwent a significant change in culture.

To understand how far the Bureau has fallen, this book shows the crucial role played by the FBI and its agents in past decades. It was quite often, as the reader will see from these firsthand experiences, a fun-filled adventure with exciting skyjackings, kidnappings, and bank robberies. At the same time, the reader will see the reverence the Bureau had for the Constitution and the concern agents held for the rights of each American.

This book is not mere memoir—it is history. From the shooting of President Reagan and the death of Princess Diana to the TWA 800 crash and even getting marching orders from St. Mother Teresa, Baker’s story shows how the FBI has played a pivotal role in our country’s history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781637586242
Publisher: Bombardier Books
Publication date: 12/06/2022
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 127,184
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Thomas J. Baker has over thirty-three years of investigative and management experience as an FBI Special Agent. He has experience with police management and training issues, having served as a management instructor at the FBI academy.

His international experience is extensive. He served as the Legal Attaché in Canberra, Australia, and Paris, France. He was the American security representative to the Calgary Winter Olympics and was commended by the Canadian government for his role in the event.

As the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, he was one of the first agents on the scene of President Reagan’s shooting; Tom directed the FBI’s initial response to that crisis.

Tom has a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, a MPA in Police Science from John Jay College, and he completed the Senior Command Course at the Police Staff College in Bramshill, England. Tom and his wife, Anne, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Colorado Rockies where they enjoy skiing, fishing, and hiking.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xv

Introduction xvii

Prologue xix

Chapter 1 Rotten Apples or Rotten Culture? 1

Part I The Good: Sometimes It Is Like the Movies

Chapter 2 And So, It Began 16

Chapter 3 Mistakes Made, Lessons Learned 19

Chapter 4 Buried Alive 31

Chapter 5 Marching Orders from A Saint 45

Chapter 6 Bravery Amongst Chaos 48

Chapter 7 Back to the Bronx 58

Chapter 8 The Training Division 67

Chapter 9 American Hustle: the Movie vs. the Real Deal 73

Chapter 10 "The President Has Been Shot!" 83

Chapter 11 A Tale of Two Ambassadors 107

Chapter 12 Lies, Lies, and More Lies 122

Chapter 13 "Bring Me Good News" 130

Chapter 14 Death Over Water 137

Chapter 15 "Turn Over Every Stone" 152

Chapter 16 Death in a Bunker 167

Chapter 17 "That's An Islamist!" 173

Part II The Bad: Injustice

Chapter 18 "Arrest That Woman!" 182

Chapter 19 A Promising Young Life Cut Short 187

Chapter 20 "Do You Have Your Gun?" 194

Chapter 21 Black Mass: the Movie vs. the Real Deal 207

Chapter 22 "It Takes Two, Baby, It Takes Two" 211

Chapter 23 He Died in Chains 217

Chapter 24 A Tale of Two Attorneys 222

Chapter 25 "You Just Keep Digging, Gary" 231

Chapter 26 Life and Death in Iran 237

Part III The Ugly: The Fall of the FBI

Chapter 27 Mueller Changed the Culture 244

Chapter 28 A Tale of Two Conspiracies 250

Chapter 29 Transparency and Institutional Failure 259

Chapter 30 There Was No Obstruction of Justice 267

Chapter 31 The Worst FBI Director 273

Chapter 32 The FBI Was Lucky to Have Bill Barr 277

Chapter 33 The Abuse of General Flynn 282

Chapter 34 Need for Intelligence Reform 289

Chapter 35 Fix The FBI's Broken Culture 303

Chapter 36 Can the Culture Be Won Back? 316

Conclusion 319

Epilogue: "Morning in America" 321

Afterword 325

Bibliography 327

Glossary 333

Appendix 343

Acknowledgments 345

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