This morning’s great debate is over the issue of what is behind Donald Trump’s firing of F.B.I. Director, James Comey.
Among the cable and print pundits there seems to be only two choices.
It was over Hillary Clinton’s emails.
It was over the investigation into connections between the Russians and Trump.
But there may be a bigger picture answer. With the racist defender of unrestricted police power, Jeff Sessions, as head of the Department of Justice, what Trump might be seeking is another J. Edgar Hoover as F.B.I. director.
Hoover had un-restrained power as F.B.I. director and the F.B.I. under Hoover functioned as a federal political secret police force, pursuing perceived political enemies of the state.
That kind of director would certainly be a perfect fit for this anti-democratic president.
During the McCarthy era, the F.B.I. harassed and persecuted liberals, progressives and communists, sending a steady stream of reports to Hoover on those who did no more then attend a meeting, a rally or marched in a protest.
Hoover’s agents tailed elementary school students to school if their parents happened to be Leftists.
I know about that first hand.
During the 60s, F.B.I. agents infiltrated the student, anti-war and civil rights movements, often as agent provocateurs, encouraging illegal activities.
Among Hoover’s most infamous acts was ordering a letter sent to Dr. Martin Luther King suggesting that King commit suicide or the Bureau would fabricate and release damaging personal information.
Hoover called King, “The most dangerous Negro in America.”
A ten-year appointment of an F.B.I. Director by the anti-democratic Trump cannot be allowed to proceed by those in Congress who have the power to stop it.
Democrats in the Senate have the power to reject any Trump appointment as F.B.I. director.
And that is what they should do.