13 Burst results for "Thomas J Baker"
"thomas j baker" Discussed on WGN Radio
"As the big guy in business deal set up with Hunter Biden with Ukraine, Hunter Biden with communist red China, Hunter Biden with Russia. So in one case, the FBI did not have a predicate against Donald Trump, launched the investigation, resulting in two years of the Mueller probe, which took $35 million amounted to nothing. Nothing came of it because it didn't exist. So when they didn't have a predicate, they launched the investigation. With Hunter Biden and Joe Biden and Jim Biden, the president's brother, they have a predicate. They have the laptop. They have confirmations of IP addresses. They know the emails went back and forth. They have the records, flagged by department of treasury officials that the bidens are getting these checks from overseas. They look extremely suspicious. So in one case, they put their thumb on the scale. To find dirt on Donald Trump, on the other side of the coin, they have been sitting on this laptop now for three years. Why is that? Well, why is it it's part of what I describe in my book, the fall of the FBI that it's the cultural rot that's there. In this instance, you talk about now and it's three years or so after the Trump thing or more in the Hunter Biden thing we have an asac assistant agent charge in the Washington field office, mislead misdirect subordinates who are looking at this and then mislead or besmirch actually senators who wanted to look into this, calling up help from the broader intelligence community to say it's probably or it has the earmarks of Russian disinformation when in fact tangible laptop with tangible information on it, including photographs, and the fellow who did this, the a second Washington field, he's not come to light. He's been allowed to walk out the door and the answer from FBI headquarters at the same as it was in these earlier. Right. Yeah. And is that, well, the miscreant the male factor is no longer with us. Yeah. But things that has to be different is not look at these individual male factors, is look at the culture. And if you want to reform the FBI, you have to change the culture and get it back to a square to tell the truth, law enforcement agency. Lastly, Thomas, I'd say this many, many years ago, you may recall that America got together in the Senate that the church committee that looked at all the abuses of the CIA. And it was manifest. When I watched FBI director Christopher wray on Wednesday, talk about FBI, what it did relative to Hunter Biden and then you have the Christopher wray getting a private FBI jet to go on a vacation instead of sticking around for about an extra 60 to 90 minutes and delay his vacation with his family because the Republicans wanted to ask him questions. He said he couldn't. He had to get going. It turned out it was a family vacation on FBI expense and his arrogance, his area died attitude. And the idea is, you know what, I'm the FBI director and you're not. Because he's got the support of President Biden because Christopher raised a one that basically elected Joe Biden. If they would have investigated criminally, the contents of the laptop from hell and Hunter Biden's giving money to the big guy Joe Biden. Joe Biden was unelectable. He couldn't be elected. So we have a president that may be compromised, and I know we have a president who feels as if he owes Christopher Rey something. So this president is never going to fire Christopher wray. Well, I tell you what, we got to get going, but the book is wonderful read the fall of the FBI. Hella once great agency became a threat to democracy. Thomas J baker is the author of 33 years in the FBI's special agent, knows where the bodies are buried. You know, Tom, maybe one day we'll go back to F from zimbalist junior, get back to Jimmy Stewart, get back to men and women all over 35,000 employees in the FBI, 99.9% are men and women like you. But the .1% has given all the others a very bad name and Christopher wray must go, but I doubt he'll go because he's got dirt on Joe Biden. And Thomas J baker once again, thank you for coming on the Bill Cunningham show. Great success with the book, which is coming out December the 6th. Thank you, Bill. And thank you for this opportunity to point a few of these things out to your audience. Well, I wish you were still in the FBI. Unfortunately, I 33 years was enough. We need more men and women like you and more whistleblowers of the FBI are coming forward and saying, we've become too political. We support one party and ignore the other and that's got to stop equal justice under the law. Should be a lot more than just a slogan. Thomas J baker, once again, thank you very much. Bill Cunningham, the grand American live with you every Sunday Night. WGN radio's investigative correspondent at a delonte gets you answers on WGN
"thomas j baker" Discussed on WGN Radio
"Billy Cunningham, the great American Thomas J baker, has some 33 years experience as an FBI agent of great note, did great work with the FBI for 33 years, which is a long, long time. He like many others have been concerned about the direction of the FBI recently by in this case, he wrote the book the fall of the FBI. How a once great agency became a threat to democracy and it's going to be out and about a week or ten days and good to have Thomas J baker with me and Thomas J baker. Welcome to the Bill Cunningham show and Tom is can you describe the culture of the FBI some 35 years ago when you got involved and then I'm going to ask you how is it different today? But what was the old FBI like? Well, Bill, I'm glad to be with you this morning and thank you for this opportunity. The FBI traditionally had its roots in law enforcement. It was culturally enforcement organization. And that's key in a law enforcement organization consciously or unconsciously all the people certainly the agents or the officers look forward to the day when they're going to be in court and they'll have to raise their right hand and swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. That's the essence of the law enforcement culture. It's really rooted in this country and our constitution. That is contrasted with an intelligence agency that deals frankly in deception, deceit, we would call them lies, their product is intelligence estimates, which are best guesses. And of course, best guesses are an allowed in court. When Robert Mueller became director, we didn't realize that at first, but what he was doing, and he said he was doing it. He was changing the culture of the FBI and he was making it into an intelligence agency and there have been bad unintended consequences as a result. In fact, looking down the road, I look at your history and what you've done in the days following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., you helped defend Jacksonville's capital from Florida's capital from a klansman demonstration. You're the first agent on the scene of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan and goes on and on and on. And there's many whistleblowers. I'll tell you something sad came up recently, Tom, and that is that I'm watching a few days ago, the director of the FBI currently Christopher wray, director of the FBI. I mean, he walks in the shoes of J. Edgar Hoover, all the great directors, Louis free the FBI. And he was asking question from one or two senators Tom cotton and others about can you tell us sitting there now, this afternoon. It was dramatic moment I thought that can you tell us that no FBI agents acting undercover as part of the oath keepers? Went into the capitol and committed criminal acts inside the capitol wearing Trump paraphernalia. Now the easy answer to that question is I can assure you that my FBI agents were not inside the capitol on January the 6th, wearing Trump paraphernalia committing any offenses. I don't know if you saw that particular exchange. But assuming it's accurate and I assure you it is, that what does it say about the current culture of the FBI when they're participating unwittingly in efforts like to overturn or commit insurrection against America and the drug to the FBI can not say that our men and women did not do that. Does not speak volumes about the status of the FBI today. Well, it's in this inexplicable. That's his most recent appearance before a Senate committee. A month or so ago, he cut an appearance short when senator grass, we wanted to get into it with him about the whistleblowers and he left and it turns out he left on a weekend family vacation. It is an inexplicable. It really is inexplicable and I can't explain that kind of behavior whatsoever. I tell you another issue, 2016. Did the FBI interfere in the 2016 election more than the Russians interfered in it because of what they, the Steele dossier, the fact the FBI offered a $1 million for confirmation of the Steele dossier. And the fact that FBI agents supplied false information to the Department of Justice to get the fisa affidavit in the warrant, the FBI interfere in Trump's presidential campaign in your opinion. Well, yes. And that's the third part of my book. My book is, you know, one of the subtitles is the good, the bad and the ugly. And that certainly the ugly and that most of that oral hell, a lot of that has come out now. And rate his explanation for that is that while the miscreants who are responsible for that are all gone and he's talking about, of course, Comey himself, as well as the fellow struck and mccabe, the deputy director, that was profoundly disgraceful, an investigation of a presidential campaign was undertaken. We now know with no predicate information to justify it. It was just outrageous and so out of the norm. I mean in years past and I can remember I actually was sitting in one or two of these conversations and judge William Webb's office when he was director of the FBI and the Washington field office would come over and they had some information about a U.S. congressman or a U.S. senator, often of a straight up criminal nature bribery or something like that. And he would question them closely. Do you have enough and sometimes he'd send them back, you need more before you get in the business of and he used the term interfering with the government process. That's how it should be. You have to be very firm when you're going to investigate elected officials or people who are running for office interfering in the democratic constitutional process. And that 2016 election, as you probably know, and it's all documented now. The investigation was initiated on a relief July 31st in an electronic communication by struck deputy assistant direct destruct. Based on nothing, it was based on allegedly a conversation that a fellow in London, papadopoulos, who was associated with the Trump campaign, made a comment over a drink to someone that the Russians have a lot of dirt on Hillary. You don't open an investigation based on that. Let me assure you having lived in and out of Washington for dozens of years, it's not hard to believe before any election you could stand at any bar in any hotel. And here dozens of rumors, much worse than that. That's not predicate information to start an investigation much less the investigation of a presidential campaign. It was totally off the reservation. Thomas J baker, 33 years special agent new book is a follow the FBI how a once great agency became a threat to democracy. It even gets worse. In 2016, the FBI began an investigation of a presidential candidate, then the transition team, and then the president himself, Donald J Trump, without a predicate. In fact, the false information they gave to the fisa court as a result of the lawyers being suspended from the practice of law. Jump ahead a few years and December of 2019, the FBI Christopher wray received the so called laptop from hell of Hunter Biden. And I've watched Tony Bobbie and others talk about the fact that Joe Biden, now the president participated to the tune of millions of dollars
"thomas j baker" Discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"That's Andrew and Todd dot com. Hi, everybody. Final segment with Thomas J baker. The fall of the FBI. For both the living murder, my producer and myself, this is truly been revelatory. The change of the FBI, I guess this is the original sin according to Thomas baker who has spent decades in the FBI. So the obvious question on everybody's mind today or not everybody's. Half the country's mind. Is, I guess, two questions is the FBI redeemable. And if so, how would that happen? Well, I hope and pray that it's redeemable and how it had happened is twofold. One internally that has to be a commitment to change the culture and there's been a lot of books written on how people change the culture and corporations and in government agencies. It can be done a lot of things have to be done both big and small, but the first thing is to recognize the problem. And I hope the beginning to recognize the problem that bureau headquarters up until now, each instance we get the explanation from others that when we fire that guy, we find these bad apples. Well, it's not just a few bad apples. They have to look at what's creating the environment that allows these bad apples to rise to the top. That's one thing. So that's an effort inside that requires recognizing the problem. The second thing is there is a role for Congress. And it seems that on the house side, how judiciary committee should a report of over a thousand pages pointing out an awful lot of the problems. They really didn't point out my reading of it. Exactly how to address the problems, but there are things that require congressional action and can specifically as to reforming Pfizer and items like that. That's a role for coming to take on. What do you think of Christopher wray? Well, I still don't see him to quote overs. I don't see him as the devil. He's in a difficult position. He's been in a difficult position. What he has to do is recognize this as a cultural problem. He has fired or presided over the firing of a lot of the rotten apples or rotten potatoes and sequels. But they have to recognize the problem. And I hope he does. And a director of the FBI is constrained by reporting directly to the attorney general, which is the way we want it in our constitutional system. But like in opposing Eric, the current attorney general's orders about monitoring school board meetings, the bureau of internally, I know for a fact a lot of the agents in charge did not like that and that made it be known within the bureau. Who ordered that? We have just a few seconds. Who ordered that? What did it? What did the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office? All right, listen, we got to go, I'm sorry about.
Thomas Baker on the Fall of the FBI
"How long were you with the FBI? I was in the FBI for 33 years and since my retirement from the FBI for quite a while, I continue to be in contact with them in my second career as a consultant to the FBI just division. What the vision is that? The criminal justice information services division headquartered in West Virginia a lot of services to local and state law enforcement mainly, most people take a fingerprint, but they also run the national crime reports and similar things. Are you still with them? No, the last year or two I've stopped pretty much stopped my consulting and focused on writing as I think, you know, I've written a dozen or more op eds for The Wall Street Journal and the others about the recent turn of events in the FBI recent over the last three or four years. And now I've just finally written this book, which you were holding in your hand a minute ago, which is going to come out on December 6th.
"thomas j baker" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Well, I totally agree. So let me ask you in the rank and file of the bureau. Is there rumblings of people that are very uncomfortable with the direction that it's heading? I can't imagine that every single FBI special agent is comfortable with the rating of James O'Keefe's apartment or the rating of Rudy Giuliani's apartment. Or the rating of Mar-a-Lago. I mean, what are you hearing rank and file by some of the people that are not in the suits, but in the boots of the FBI? There's definitely, I mean, I heard them in contact with several individuals who are very upset about this. The other thing, Charlie, that the culture of the FBI, it was somewhat a collegial organization. I mean, people who once you are an agent, you can speak to someone who is an assistant director and agent in charge and you would have Frank discussions and sometimes things happened in the past and a supervisor or an SAC would say to the director, you know, maybe we shouldn't go down this road. Maybe we shouldn't do it this way. Unfortunately, either those voices didn't speak up this time or they weren't discounted. But the underlying problem is the culture has to be turned around. Getting rid of the bad apples is not enough. So let's game plan this. How do we fix this? We have a national law enforcement agency that is more like an intelligence service than a law enforcement service. I believe a vast majority of Americans have lost total and complete faith. What is the road map towards a restoration or is it just time to dismantle it? No, I don't think it should be dismantled. I think one of the strengths in the past of the a lot of people have proposed that. And I totally disagree with that. A blessing, a blessing for our country was, unlike other western democracies and certainly other countries around the world, is our domestic intelligence service was and is a law enforcement agency. So the FBI had to work within certain parameters of the law to do things. And that was a blessing. What's happened now with the intelligence side being dominant and the leadership all coming up on that intelligence side of things, I fear what we may have now, and that's why I use the subtitle of my book. We may now have a domestic intelligence service with police powers. Yes. Instead of a blessing, it's a curse. And that has to be flipped and turned around and to change culture in any organization and has been books written just about this. You have to do a lot of things, big and small, and you have to do them consistently. But the first thing you have to do is recognize the problem. And as long as ray and others hang their hat on, well, we're getting rid of the bad apples, they're not recognizing the fundamental underlying problem. Well, if I may be share my opinion, they are the problem, okay? I mean, ray and all of them are part of the culture that is continuing in this. So I want to reiterate the book again for our audience. It's super interesting. Again, Thomas J baker has over 33 years of investigative and management experience as an FBI special agent. The fall of the FBI how a once great agency became a threat to democracy. And let me just say this, I want to live in a country where I trust our national law enforcement. I want to live in that country. It pains me greatly that I look at the FBI as a modern version of the Gestapo. It really does. I don't want that doesn't make me happy. It doesn't make me joyful closing thoughts. Well, I share your sentiment and for me and dozens and dozens of other former agents I know and a few in the bureau that I'm still talking to. It breaks our heart. We devoted our life to this. We are proud of it. It's our identity. And we wanted to turn around. Well, again, thank you, Thomas for joining us. I just want to encourage people to check out the book. We need more people that served in the bureau and did a good job going after terrorists and gun smugglers and child sex traffickers and narco criminals to speak out. We have to do that. It's so important and we just can't we can't play around with this. I'm afraid that if the FBI keeps on going in this direction, I think it's already there. We're going to be in a really tough spot. Follow the FBI hell once great agency became a threat to democracy, Thomas baker, thank you so much. Thank you, Charlie. The Wall Street Journal has obtained documents that have not yet been public about the rate on Mar-a-Lago. And so we're going to get into this right now. So the new narrative is that Donald Trump had nuclear codes and that's why they raided him. It's a brilliant PR tactic, by the way, to try to get people to think it's necessary to go invade and occupy a political dissident's home. By the way, if Donald Trump had nuclear codes, why didn't the FBI visit him? I don't know sooner and be like, hey, you gotta bring them back. Why couldn't they use a subpoena? Really supposed to believe that Donald Trump had nuclear information, and that's the reason for rating it. That is nonsense. It's brilliant PR tactic. It's a total smokescreen operation, garbage. By the way, if he really did have that, you're trying to tell me Donald Trump wouldn't hand them back. Like, oh yeah, no, actually I want to have the nuclear code still. And by the way, there's no evidence that he had nuclear codes. They are just using the term nuclear. So for example, the Rachel maddow program published last night, I haven't had a chance to listen to this. But yeah, yeah, so this is how this is how sneaky they get. Matt I was being so sneaky when she does this. Documents relating to nuclear weapons. Oh, documents relating to nuclear weapons? Oh, okay, wait, so is it documents relating to nuclear weapons? Or is it nuclear codes? Which is it? So breaking news shows that 20 boxes of items binders of photos, a handwritten note, an executive grant of clemency for mister Trump's ally Roger Stone. I know what you're all wondering, which is did the FBI take Melania Trump's dresses. Was that on the list? FBI search Trump's home to look for nuclear documents and other items sourced to say, this is right after, by the way, Merrick Garland comes out and says, I'm going to defend the integrity of the FBI and immediately they leaked that it's all about nuclear codes. Again, we are calling this entire thing operation cross dresser hurricane. In the tradition of the federal bureau, they might as well follow J. Edgar Hoover's tradition of cross dressing. The list includes references to one set of documents marked as various classified TS SCI documents, an abbreviation for top secret sensitive compartmented information. It also says agents collected four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents and three sets of confidential documents. List didn't provide any more detail. Trump's lawyers argue the former president used the authority of the classify the material before he left office, while a president has the power to declassify documents. There are federal regulations that lay out a process to do so. So here's just a question. We now raid people's homes for my president's homes. We now raid sacred political institutions as Mar-a-Lago institutional the right word, but let's just say places for paperwork crimes. So you notice how they worded it. This is a process crime. It's not even a crime. Let me rephrase that wrong. It's a process issue. Like, oh, you took paperwork you would. Now, it'd be one thing if Donald Trump was live streaming like, hey, I got all these documents here. And then the FBI comes on June 3rd, very cooperatively. Department of Justice does, and they talk about these documents. Every single president leaves The White House with boxes of stuff. The clintons left with, I don't know, $28,000 worth of furniture. Some people say as much as $200,000 worth of furniture. Barack Hussein Obama has boxes of documents. Now, here's the other thing. You do know that former president still gets a security clearance. The former president and his team don't have the affidavit, the affidavit is everything, by the way, which would provide more detail about the FBI's investigation, according to people familiar with the process. His lawyers have asked for a more specific account of what was removed from Mar-a-Lago. Mister Trump said on social media, his representatives have been cooperating fully and the government could have whatever they wanted if they wanted it. If we had it. So why rate it, shock and awe? To make you afraid and to bend the knee. Now remember Trump went on truth social and said he would release the documents. So why is it necessary to come in with 30 FBI agents for 270 man hours? And after Garland said he's moving to release the affidavit, what is the affidavit the affidavit is the same thing as the quote, it is the equivalent of, but not the same technical thing as a fisa warrant application. Judge, here is why we're going to raid. Now, this is really important. In order to get a raid authorization by a judge, the FBI just can't go decide to raid somebody. They have to go to a judge, but it's judge shopping and they know what they're doing. They have to explain the judge why a subpoena would not suffice. Why a document request for a subpoena would not suffice. Of which there is imminent harm to the population and imminent crime being committed and active crime being committed or evidence being destroyed. What evidence could you show that magistrate judge reinhold in the DoJ would agree that you have to be go guns drawn for 270 man hours to go into a president's home to do that? According to Pam Bondi, the warrant was signed on Friday. So why wait until Monday if nuclear codes are a threat to the nation? Thanks so much for listening everybody. Email me your thoughts is always freedom at Charlie Kirk dot com. Thanks so much. Talk to you soon. For more, on many of these stories and news you can trust. Go to Charlie Kirk dot com..
"thomas j baker" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
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The author is Thomas J baker, and he joins us right now to help us unpack what the heck happened to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and he himself has over 33 years of investigative and management experience as an FBI special agent. And he has an incredible Wall Street Journal op-ed, which says whistle starts to blow at the FBI. I have so much to ask him. I'm so glad he's with us right now. Thomas baker, welcome to the program. Charlie, good to be with you. Thank you. And congratulations on the book. So let's just start here. I'll be very plain and blunt. I've lost total and complete faith in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I believe it's become politicized and at that actors are not removed. In fact, some people believe rightfully so and I agree with them. The FBI is actually being used against citizens. Is that a bridge too far as someone who served in the bureau for 33 years? I know it's not a bridge too far. And a lot of people share those sentiments, my take is a little more precise, slightly different than what you just expressed. I think what's happened, the root of what's happened is a change in culture at the bureau that begun began on the director Mueller, bob Mueller. And a lot of these bad actors is the term you just use, have been removed that the bad actors you can name them all in the cave and call me et cetera from before and even more recently with the gymnast case and other, they keep getting fired. They keep getting dismissed. And unfortunately, current director ray and others around him keep pointed to that and say, well, we're getting rid of the bad apples. We got rid of the bad apples. And my contention is they're not looking at the underlying program problems, excuse me, the cultural change that took place beginning under Robert Mueller's leadership. Yeah, and I will say, though, Annie mccabe is still getting his pension, right? And that even though they might be fired, I think these people should be in prison. For what they did. So talk about what the bureau used to be because you argue in your book, it actually used to be something that had a commitment to the constitution and how it and then it fell from there. Explain more how and why the bureau slipped from a trustworthy agency to one now that has no faith. The American people has no faith in. Okay, well, it is simply this. Uniquely in the united states of America and it's always been a good thing. Our national security agency, domestic security, domestic intelligence agency, was a law enforcement agency, the FBI, the FBI, always had been fundamentally a law enforcement agency, and an or enforcement agency, the individuals, the agents, who work every day towards the day when you're going to have to stand up in court or before a judge. And raise your right hand and swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. That's the essence of a law enforcement agency and intelligence agency deals in deception to seek and they give estimates they call them estimates we would call them best guesses. It's a whole different mindset with the bureau was always dominated by the law enforcement mindset. That's so interesting. September 11th happened and Robert Mueller, who had only been director of few days when the September 11th attack happened was called the attack was on Tuesday and Saturday morning. He was called to Camp David. President George W. Bush wanted to see him. He went to Camp David with the bureau's report and Charlie in three and a half days, and this is quite an accomplishment. The FBI investigation had identified all 19 hijackers. They were associates, their money trail, their autos, their credit cards, their connections back to Al-Qaeda, everything in three and a half days. The bureau did what it does best investigate and Robert Mueller presented that report to George Bush with the rest of his Security Council around him in Camp David that Saturday morning. And when he was done and he expected praise and thanks. And by the way, he's told us that he's told me this on several occasions. And George W. Bush just turned to him and said, I don't care about that. I want to know how you're going to prevent the next one. And later that morning, George tennant bend the director of the CIA, gave his plan of action going forward. George W. Bush when he was done hearing that turn to Mueller and said, that's what I'd like to hear. Well, otherwise humiliated. So for reasons that seemed justified at the time, he set out, he said this to change the FBI into an intelligence agency. And a lot of bad things flowed from that. So changing it from a law enforcement agency to an intelligence agency. Now, some people would say the FBI though in the 70s and 80s was still doing that kind of intelligence. I don't want to go too deep into that. But can you talk about just a little bit how the 1980 or 1990 FBI was probably was a lot better than what it is today. Would you agree with that? Yes. Absolutely. And we had great leadership in judge Webster and then in judge Louis free without a doubt. They did handle counterintelligence matters. It was part of an admission to catch spies, but they approached it as a law enforcement agency working within the law. All the change this around. So you had Mullah make the cultural change, and then after Mueller, you had the poor leadership of James Comey, which just made matters worse. So on earlier this week, I mean, as you well know, on Monday, Mar-a-Lago was raided by the FBI, an extraordinary intervention on behalf of the bureau. What is your take on that as someone who is trying to explain this in your book? I just want to reiterate it for everyone they can get it at pre order. It's not coming out for a little while. The fall of the FBI, how a once great agency became a threat to democracy, you call what happened Monday a dark day for the bureau. Expand on that for us. Well, most likely, we're going to find out. We're going to find out shortly when the warrant and the probably the underlying affidavit has made public. We're probably going to find out that legally technically the warrant was justified. It was a legal search. But being legal doesn't make something necessarily right. There's a lot of things that could have been done short of searching, rating the home of a former president and potentially a presidential candidate. So it's an abusive authority. And we saw that throughout the Russian collusion thing with the unmasking with the general Flynn aspect with the stone aspect. A lot of these things weren't technically legal, but they weren't right. They were an abusive authority..
A 33-Year Veteran of the FBI Reacts to the Mar-a-Lago Raid
"A new book coming out called the fall of the FBI. How a once great agency became a threat to democracy. The author is Thomas J baker, and he joins us right now to help us unpack what the heck happened to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and he himself has over 33 years of investigative and management experience as an FBI special agent. And he has an incredible Wall Street Journal op-ed, which says whistle starts to blow at the FBI. I have so much to ask him. I'm so glad he's with us right now. Thomas baker, welcome to the program. Charlie, good to be with you. Thank you. And congratulations on the book. So let's just start here. I'll be very plain and blunt. I've lost total and complete faith in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I believe it's become politicized and at that actors are not removed. In fact, some people believe rightfully so and I agree with them. The FBI is actually being used against citizens. Is that a bridge too far as someone who served in the bureau for 33 years? I know it's not a bridge too far. And a lot of people share those sentiments, my take is a little more precise, slightly different than what you just expressed. I think what's happened, the root of what's happened is a change in culture at the bureau that begun began on the director Mueller, bob Mueller. And a lot of these bad actors is the term you just use, have been removed that the bad actors you can name them all in the cave and call me et cetera from before and even more recently with the gymnast case and other, they keep getting fired. They keep getting dismissed. And unfortunately, current director ray and others around him keep pointed to that and say, well, we're getting rid of the bad apples. We got rid of the bad apples. And my contention is they're not looking at the underlying program problems, excuse me, the cultural change that took place beginning under Robert Mueller's leadership.
"thomas j baker" Discussed on The Sean Salisbury Show
"Ton of guys. And it's been a problem and i just With jayco too rizzi. Now mak- postseason. I don't think it was gonna be a tough postseason. But i don't like seeing by hurt plus innings as they go down we rotate get more work in having him in the bullpen. That body does matter. Did we hear any reports tires. Nothing yet so. I mean the game to end until eleven o'clock last night. I literally eleven o'clock right four hour baseball game and this has been the longest season of baseball in the history of time in terms of time to play games. It's just been stupid. We've gotta they gotta find some. They've got to find a way to not play for. Our baseball games. Feels like once a week at minimum. They're point for our game. Last night was the was the only though one two three four five six seven eight game this year. It's gone for hours. But i mean the amount i'd have to go through and count the amount of them that had been over three and a half hours. It's gotta be thirty forty games this year stupid which is nuts. It's dumb and i wonder what they mean. That's just for them. That's just for them. Yeah and these are. It's a ninety nine game. Shouldn't take you four hours to play. Ever ever got picked up. Pace had a bad pitcher pitching for taxes. He couldn't get any outs to start. The game he was given up runs left the problem. Long innings through like fifty pitches and inning and a third jay z. Through thirty pitches in his first inning That that'll slow down the need the pitching change in the middle of it. You gotta get somebody up and get them you know loose and that takes some minutes all that factors into but still we gotta get. We gotta get going here this. The panic of science stealing is still around legacy. The pitchers constantly going to those stupid cards. Whether they're in their hat or they're pulling out of their back pocket to go through different sequencing of of of what's called call signals for catcher stuff slowing everything else on the concert. Step off wave like it. You know yeah to fingernails. So they can see. Yeah i got you now. They're not paying the fingernails during the inning. I'll know but it. I hope he's okay. Listen no matter what happens. It just depth matters jae crowder rizzi. He'll give you five good ones and eight just after what happened. And they tried to bury that and move on from it. He's a body. That was neat. I don't say well it's not that big a deal. It's always a big deal when you lose a guy the brought here that has potential. That's giving you the wants to grind and that you need bullpen because those arms are gonna matter come season so let's hope it's not law and let's hope it's all k- but i don't think any of us thought that he was going to be in the starting rotation anyway. No i would have been shot. I think that there was still going to be a decision to be made if he was going even if he's only going out and look for his last six starts or whatever for five innings every start basically because i think he'd thrown thirty one innings in his previous six starts. He'd been really good. Was like well below two or three in the postseason and given the way that luis garcia has kind of struggled steve sparks tired but he has a he looks tired. She absolutely does because he's never pitched this much in his life like they could have made the decision. Hey older as he starts the game he goes and gets four innings five innings. And then we go to luiz garcia and that would have made some sense to me like as as much i don't. I'm not comfortable jake z. It was in play and it still could be play okay. But there's no doubt that's the key it wasn't a foregone conclusion was done i i i think most of the i said just a few minutes ago. That maybe a foregone conclusion wasn't going to be but you make good point in play has to be in play because we still got games to go and you never know what's going to happen. So what would think about this. What would happen if a couple of other guys were to be banged up or sore missile. Kiedis still stink. That's right for a start. In the postseason. His command velocity of. Just been unimpressive so far up. No question about it. Sports talk seven ninety. So we'll i guess it's kind of a day to day thing and we'll get report. Maybe from james click tomorrow today. Yeah it'd be nice if we could get carlos. Correa will be the station today to thirty two matt. Thomas matt thomas gusty baker twelve thirty to twelve thirty to thirty good for matt to get them both on today after a nice Ktar h weather report. He's just to that's a he. He wearing all the hats hashtag hero. There you go. Yep you love him. Slowdown hashtag held the statute outside the station slow. Let's go can't you. 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"thomas j baker" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology
"As we begin the second half of this discussion of the jim morrison doors f. b. i. File kind of happened on a whim. When we recorded the episode fifty years gone talking about the life and passing of jim morrison we came across his b. Fbi file all ninety six pages of it so yeah during the recording. We decided that we had to talk about it. And that's what we're doing right now. We need to talk about something you sent me this morning. Oh wait a minute. I said number. Thanks man so which which one because i sent you a few things. The sort of a beatnik poetry you did. I mean the jim morrison felony arrest poetry jam. Yeah totally to the style of jim. Morrison poetry sure. You wanna share this with everybody. It's got crazy. But i got inspired. I think you should. I think it's it's hilarious. And if there was any way to pay respect to jim morrison for who he was and to highlight his legal troubles. It would be a jim morrison style poem basically when i started reading the pdf. I went to page five of the document and started reading. That page. And i started hearing it in like a poetry rhyme. You know and then. I thought oh morrison would love this and i put the twist on it and then i recorded it and i found inappropriate music. I think and put that underneath and then i send it to you and you were like oh yeah. Let's put this in this episode of mars thing you know you sure you wanna risk this not why now we've never done. We've never done poetry before like this in mere moments. You won't be able to say that my imbalanced brother without further delay. We present the. Jim morrison felony arrest. Poetry jam flight crew continental airlines advised. Light live los angeles five ten pm. November told white male passengers creating disturbance by loud obscene talk. Interfering with hostess instruction on use of oxygen masks told them on his behalf to be. Hey captain personally. As subjects to observe proper conduct stated subjects tried to trip. Her used foul language. Take her with laboratory door through glass at her after landing victim of obscene language and gestures. He observed subjects passing liquor bottle during flight. She was in galle most apptime but heard and observed some of the subjects rude actions. Captain could hear loud noise in cockpit. Head considered landing nearest field. Had subjects removed radioed ahead to phoenix. Beliefs alerted during taxi. Time at phoenix considered stopping before reaching unloading point to have subjects removed. Because they were smoking during seatbelt on time. Stewardesses stated conduct of subjects. Nestea interfere with your. What a bunch of a holes they were and it was multiple people that were interviewed for this. Not just the crew corroborating some story. There were multiple people on the flight that spoke to the fbi about this. Stewardesses stated conduct of subjects frightened them and interfere with their duties to ensure comfort and safety of passengers. Flight manifest located los angeles sixty three passengers deplaned phoenix seventy planes el paso et cetera et cetera. So then it goes on and describes thomas frederick baker also known as rick baker james d morrison and the charge of assault interfering with flight crew. What it looks like as telex that says it. Seven forty pm. Instant phoenix pd advised. That subjects were removed from continental airlines aircraft at phoenix at request of captain as they interfered with operation of flight crew by attempting to trip hostess refusing to fast in seatbelts when directed to do so by smoking cigars way no smoking sign was by throwing objects about the aircraft and causing captain to lee flightdeck to try to control them on at least two occasions subjects alleged to have had owned bottle of cognac from which they drank using comic book as cover subjects alleged to abuse obscene language gestures when dealing with the flight crew. I still wanna know what comic book they were hiding. The cognac bottle. In and i don't understand why the fbi being is good at detailing things as they are did not name the comic book and at least redacted. I was drinking coffee. I almost spray. You gotta stops up like that. He gives to see description morrison And it says prosecution under title forty nine section one. Four seven two authorized by a usa lawrence tour off subjects book at phoenix city jail to be presented. Us dj eleven twelve next. Both declined interview results recorded with lapd and local fbi via washington. How just wild. And i think the other members of the doors were on that flight and not a peep out of them and they were all totally chill if they were scared shitless fucking. He's still in there. Can you get arrested. We're all gonna get arrested. One we get off and sure enough. Those two got arrested. It shows you how people can change when under the influence of some sort of substance. That doesn't do well with their body. And as we as we have learned jim morrison and alcohol were not a happy combination not a positive combination. That all it's the history of rock and roll and occasionally crosses over into true crime and we find ourselves in the middle of some kind of conspiracy theory stuff But some of it's just revelatory looking at the fbi file of. Jim morrison anna the doors and in this little corner of it we find Copies being sent to different offices in. It's in reference to information being furnished to the jacksonville and tampa offices in view of the racial tensions in the state of florida and makes reference to the doors and They may be fermenting. Some of those tensions in makes reference to The arrest in miami and says one hundred ten sources furnishing racial intelligence information were contacted in the miami division during the month of february nineteen sixty nine and reported the general. Racial conditions in south florida remained satisfactory. So they're they're trying to pin some shift on the guy is and their own report says now things are pretty good there but it doesn't really explain in detail what they did. That was so racially edgy. Just kind of browsers over it. And then it talks about their Talk about their findings completely being cow owner.
"thomas j baker" Discussed on The Michael Berry Show
"As chairman of the board. He is president of gulf coast capital core capital. You need him to manage for you. Caruth listeners karuk joined the houston last auction rodeo in nineteen seventy and in nineteen eighty two. He joined the lamb auction committee. This makes me think a bill bailey. Standing down there on the floor those kids and just having a ball watching those kids in the caf wrote and all out so beatty brady. Caruth will be the chairman of the board re elected to the board. Were warner irvine. Ray hensley. Jp hap- honeycutt see people don't have good names anymore nicknames anymore. Ramon we need. We need more people to go back to the old fashioned nicknames. Everybody cannot be bob or tom or cayden or waden or raden or the these all these cameron. We need people to have names like they used to have back in light hap- unnecess- a good name. Red red is another one. You hap- honeycutt july july good but i'm talking about nicknames. Parker johnson kelly. Jay larkin md. I'm not sure we need to put the md in that person's name. What percentage of kelly's do you think our men and our women if it spelled with a y what would you guess. What percent is men if j. k. e. l. l. y. Twenty percent is men. now it's way more net. What about tracy. If it's with a why if it's i it's always a woman almost always a woman but if it's a while what percentage you think it is seventy five percent men if it's a why none a dime pat man phillips wesley seigneur or see nor robbie smith and giovan mater or maitree esque. Joe van maitree. That's a good name out there. Joe van he probably goes by both see. This other thing is nobody goes by two names anymore. When i was growing up everybody went by to name. Joe van joe. Wylie lifetime members don buckle. Tillman j. for tita. I don't really feel like we need the j. It's not like there were two tillman for titas and we needed a j two separate them. Wayne hollis ed mcmahon. I don't believe that's that one chris. Richardson charles are butch robinson. See there's a great story. Charles are butch robinson and see when you meet a guy like that. How'd you get to name butch because you know their mom didn't name butch well when i was growing up and you know people. I grew up with kidney. Tater tater his real name was vance wilson. But nobody knows him. Nobody's ever known him as vance. He's tater that's the name there. John smith paul g somerville. He's a good dude. That's a very dear friend of mine. Keith steph eq and jim wyndham and then the officers do you want to officers. Ramon you better say yes. Because these are the people when you want tickets that i call thomas j baker the third triple sticks. Larry bodyguard or bigger i apologize. I don't know dr. Brian j blonder see. I don't think we need the doctor on there. I really don't robert clay. You want a good robert play story. This is a. Who's who ramon this is a. Who's who radio. So did you see the photo. I posted on the atavism lamborghini. Ferrari whatever it was the new one and so it had that big back but it had a a license plate that that had the texas aggie logo on their symbol on there. And then it said something like d. student or no no said. Gpa one point zero or something like that. Do you remember that it went viral. People loved it. That was robert clay. But i didn't know it was his. When i did it so i guess somebody told him about it and he texted me and said that's me jackass. I said well you should be happy. I posted it. You put it on there. You must want people to know ed takura allen folder han garcia john g nukus john glitter zero and e r butch guerrero. So you got to bushes on here bill. Hanna alicia jim emerson. That's our dear friend. Alicia michelle lily. Emit story emit owes story junior. These scott sullivan. How come you put the initial owner. Last kind of fancy like ex-cop puckett chris under brink dunkin. Underwood the underwood's ramon. You don't know this whole money. Who's as financial management firm tanya. Jorgensen jack's oh i hadn't even got to the board of directors yet you want the board of directors. Okay a net. Bisbee shane boatman. Walter campbell robert dallas garrison. See another one. You got to have a little name there like that dallas hall preston hall carson joachim tyson kennedy russell mccain amy coats monteverde orlando bob nelson clint arms robert. Pike junior keith powell kerry robertson. Michael sachs shane shepherd. Terron sims david smith scott townsend john shala ryan off and randy blake wise. And then do you want the list of the lifetime directors. It's only seven. Let me do. It would come this for mike. Chambers chuck davis gary feature lawrence levy. That's our buddy. Larry levy that runs a jewish voice rob niblett. He's a real estate guy. Robert pain and ozil price. Those are oh yes. Here's another one. Connie stagner said her. Dad's nickname was bud. See you don't have buds anymore and buzz buzz another one. You know what. Let's do that for one segment because nobody else in radio can get away with doing this but we can. I want you to call up until what nickname somebody that you know had and it can't be bubble. It's gotta be something that we've never heard in if there's a story for it it doesn't have to be. You could be a family member but if there's a story behind it that's even better like well is name snake. Because when i see six i went down to create and a snake bit me and after that everybody called me snake like i was kenny. Stabler so okay see. That's good like if that's really your name if you introduce people as that if you introduce yourself to people as that or somebody you know did so. Don't do any buds or buzz or read. We've got those covered if you or somebody you know goes by a nickname like people would know you as that and then have to ask. What is your real name then. Seven one three two one two five eight seven four seven one three two one two five eight seven four but i know what you're thinking ramone you're thinking well what about the black line. Black people don't have nicknames. What do.
"thomas j baker" Discussed on Based On a True Story
"Of what the army called v platoons and in a in a number of infantry regiments. They have fifth bulletins that are in segregated infantry regiments meaning white infantry regiments and they add a platoon of african american soldiers. And so this guy jack. Thomas is given an opportunity to volunteer. Be given an opportunity to volunteer and become infantry. And he takes that volunteers. He goes through a little bit of training and then he is put in the fifth platoon of company of the sixtieth infantry regiment infantry division and he begins fighting with that unit all the way until april forty five. Were there in a little town in germany. Not far from number. Where during an attack that stalls he runs forward helps to men to safety than picks up a bazooka uses it to knock out two tanks and he is subsequently awarded the distinguished service cross reaction so he went from drafty to distinguish hers cross. And i think that's absolutely fascinating. At the end of the war. He goes back home. He's processed out discharged at fort benning georgia and he goes out spends a couple of days at home and then immediately goes back and reenlist in the army and stay stays in the army until nineteen sixty seven and he is really still serving as drill instructor and then eventually i mean he has so relocated his life that when he dies he's close to fort benning and he's actually buried now at the fort benning post cemetery and i find his story to be just exactly the kind of story that needs to be told. Now there's a reason why that guy that guy who could have stayed a truck driver and never been in harm's way had never had a shot fired at him but instead he wanted to be up front and he ended up being upfront and improved just when he was made of in germany in april forty-five when he earned the distinguished service cross which is an extremely impressive decoration and then i think he proved it once again when he re enlisted in the army and stayed in he went literally from being a drafty. Two distinguished service cross recipient combat veteran and life. And that's the story that needs to be told. Sounds like your next book. If i ever get another i would love. I would welcome the opportunity to write about him. And i was friendly. I was friendly with the only surviving. African american medal of honor is being in second world war as name was vernon baker. And he's lovely human being. He received distinguished service cross in april nineteen forty five and northern italy near town called monty new so and then in nineteen ninety-six under the clinton administration he was upgraded to melgar. He was not the only one several others were upgraded but he was the only one store wash at. I was friendly with him. And travels to idaho where he lived in interviewed him spent time getting to know him getting to know historian and eventually we brought him to do orleans and he was a great human being in a great american and a guy that stayed in the us army. He volunteered for the army and stayed in it until the nineteen sixties and he became a lieutenant briefly during world war two in the ninety second infantry division and when he became an officer was only during the worst that when the war ended he went back to being sergeant that was very interesting quality of his personal story and then he was completely content in the years after world war two as a recipient of the distinguished service cross and he embodied something that i that to me is. It's catnapped when it comes to admiring people in that is that he was very quiet about his service. He was not boastful and he wasn't overly proud of it was his. It was his and he was cool with it. And he didn't seem to undergo much change from when he was just a distinguished service cross recipient and that was a that was obscure enough to where people didn't he didn't stop traffic but then he nineteen ninety-six became a medal of honor recipient. And he lived in northern idaho around a whole lot of white people and it was funny to he. Lived near this town called saint. Mary's and when i was interviewing we in saint mary's and he came in and we went to this diner one morning and when we did that and he walked into the steiner every person in that diner stood because he was he was in the reu. They would not be seated in his presence. Until he's everybody sit down. Stop it sit down. And then it was just this procession of well-wishers and people wanting to come back just to shake his hand. These stories that. I feel like need to be made more conspicuous. And that's why. I would wish that i wish. Hbo would spend the kind of money that they did. Get others to make something. That dogs stories. Like jack thomas vernon baker and there are hundreds of other stories out there that would narrate the african-american experience in world war two significant significant a great degree. Because i believe that they had the same sense of duty optimism and sacrifice that the men depicted in band of brothers ad. I think their experiences no different aside from the fact that they dealt with of course overt racism and segregation. But i still think that they were american pair patriots.
"thomas j baker" Discussed on KPRC 950 AM
"Ross a McGinnis. Adam Kennedy Army K I A 2007. Lance Corporal Gregory Posey. Corporal Thomas P. McClellan, USMC. It is the Jesse Kelly show on a very, very, very special Memorial Day show. As you know, the shows normally a bit a bit lighter and a bit fun. Today. It is the show. I believe in doing as I told you before, I will try to make sure I do it every single year. I believe in being in this chair and doing a show to honor the fallen on this day. Now. If in case you missed the beginning of the show. The whole thing is on. I heart Google, Spotify and iTunes When it's done what I did today was on top of listing the names at the beginning of every segment that you have set me names of the fallen Talked about the story of the battle Asai, Pam. And I, just a couple segments ago went over the middle of otters Citation for Thomas A baker. Have another Medal of honor Citation from Sai Pan of Mr William J. O'Brien. And wow. You officers in the military or want to be officers. This is who you try to be. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at SaiPan, Marianas Islands from the 20th of June to the seventh of July, 1944. One assault elements of his platoon were held up by intense enemy fire. Lieutenant Colonel O'Brien ordered three tanks to proceed the assault companies and in an attempt to knock out the strong point due to direct.
"thomas j baker" Discussed on KPRC 950 AM
"Criminal behavior. Analysts. Former New Scotland Yard on my first crime analyst case happened before the start of my career at New Scotland Yard. Its legacy has wide reaching consequences. Even now, I'll be analyzing the Yorkshire Manchester murders. This'd Jesse Kelly show Yeah. Captain Nathaniel Bradstreet shirt left. Private Theodore Roosevelt Rogers. Lance Corporal Daniel M. Cherries, K Iraq 2006. First Lieutenant Charles L. Charles, our pits Vietnam k a 1967. PFC. Roy Scott Fischer, Vietnam K 1968. Durant Eskridge. PFC. Edward Bradley. Army World War two or World War one K. 1918. Corporal Jason Dunham Cripple. Connery, T Lowry USMC Que IA Afghanistan 2012 A C doodle Harris U. S. M. C. K 1945. John Paul Barda, Army K Iraq 2006. Corporal Christopher Mima's Shearer, Que ia Iraq 2007 Keith Warner K I, A Iraq. It is the Jesse Kelly show. It is our Memorial Day special today where we honor the fallen. If you missed any other part of today's show. You can catch the whole show. It's podcast that after the show's done on I Heart Google's Spotify, it's on iTunes. Just look for Jesse Kelly Show. This is a different kind of a show for us today. I do not believe in taking off Memorial Day just because I feel like I haven't obligation. To honor the fallen Today we do a show a special memorial Day show every single year always will. Reminder couple things. I'm gonna open every single segment listing names that you have sent me of friends and family members and people you know who have died for this country so we can read their names aloud coast of Coast and have them honored. That's one too. It is not Veterans Day. It's not police officers Day firefighters day first responders Day This is a day where you can't thank anybody you need to think because they're dead. This is a day for people who have gone overseas and died and they deserve to have their day. On water down. Also Would want you to enjoy yourself today. When you're done having a moment. Listen, this show doing whatever you do to honor them. Go eat hot dogs. Have fun with your kids. Have a beer have to enjoy your day out there. Now we opened up the show today with a long opening talking about SaiPan and what our men went through there. There are a few different medal of honor citations from SaiPan. I'm not sure which one's more job dropping. But I did think you know, in honor of those we're talking about men who have died. I just told you about the horrors of that island. Let's talk about three men who never came home. First one Thomas A. Baker U. S Army is a Sergeant U. S Army..