By Roger L. Simon
It’s no exaggeration to say that the FBI doesn’t have the best reputation of late.
The names Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, and others come to mind, not to mention the lacerating report by the inspector general on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the fact that John Durham, now a special counsel, is still out there investigating the organization that once was branded, by some anyway, as the world’s greatest investigative agency.
Indeed, that organization has clearly been rife with political bias and institutional self-interest, at least at the top and possibly pervasively. Not very much has been done to reform it, beyond vague promises.
Still, the FBI is taking the lead in the investigation of the Nashville bombing.
As I wrote the day of the event, the location of the explosion next to an AT&T computer facility has proven to be significant. (You didn’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure that out.)
The person of interest—independent information technology contractor Anthony Warner—likely went to his grave with the decimation of his RV. A DNA study, in process, possibly will confirm that.
What interested me this morning, however, was the FBI investigation into his putative motive.
Apparently, the feds have been going around asking whether Warner suffered from something they call “5G paranoia.”
“Realtor Steve Fridrich contacted the FBI after reading Warner’s name, as for several years, a man by the name of Tony Warner had worked for him … doing information technology work.
“Fridrich confirms that agents asked him whether or not Warner had paranoia about 5G technology.
“Fridrich told the agents that Warner had never spoken to him about that.
“But a source close to the federal investigation said that among several different tips and angles, agents are investigating whether or not Warner had paranoia that 5G technology was being used to spy on Americans.”
5G, as most of us realize by now, is the latest level of cellular connectivity already rolled out significantly across the country by the major telecom networks Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T.
Last year, it was 4G and LTE. Next year, it will be 6G and who knows what.
Paranoia, despite all the jokes about it (i.e., “A paranoid is someone who knows all the facts”), is commonly defined as “an instinct or thought process which is believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of delusion and irrationality.”
There is nothing delusional or irrational at all in thinking 5G, 4G, or any G before or since, including the earliest iterations of cellular, is being used to spy on Americans.
It’s a fact. It is and has been.
Indeed, it has been known since the publication of James Bamford’s book “The Puzzle Palace” that the National Security Agency and others have the capability to spy on virtually every citizen of this country—and that was close to 40 years ago (1983)!
And it’s only gotten worse since.
I’m sorry to say it, but anyone who thinks he or she has any privacy is a fool. Even the current president was spied upon.
Edward Snowden, as I indicated in my previous column, made it clear just how deeply implicated AT&T is in this activity. In fact, that company may well be the government’s principal private industry ally in clandestine work, helping to connect it with other cellular companies.
If I know that, why wouldn’t Warner, an IT professional, know that?
So where do the FBI’s imputations of paranoia come from? Sounds to me as if Warner “knew all the facts.”
Note that I do not for a second approve of what Warner did (if he is indeed guilty). Though he clearly, via his broadcast warning, did not want to hurt people, he well could have anyway. Even if the motive were rational, this could only be a crazed and violent act.
But back to the FBI and their “paranoia” allegation: I believe they are once again covering up here, creating a distraction from the actual motive, because the one thing they don’t want to be investigated—well, one among many—is the alliance between private industry and our intelligence agencies, coupled with the realization we all live now in an Orwellian surveillance culture, not dissimilar to that in China.
That is most probably what Warner wanted to protest. I wish he had chosen another way. We all should.
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