While the FBI supports and safeguards Constitutionally-protected activity and civil rights, there is no permit for assault, arson or property damage and these are not victimless crimes. Among the victims of violent crime are business owners, residents and individuals exercising their First Amendment rights through protests or other legitimate forms of expression.
Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.
August 27, 2020
74 People Facing Federal Charges for Crimes Committed During Portland Demonstrations
[If someone had told me 20 years ago that in 2020 our nation was in a crisis and I would be praising the action of the FBI I would have thought they were nuts. At that time the FBI reputation had been severely tarnished their reputation with their involvement in the incidents at Ruby Ridge and Waco, and it was their job to enforce the 1994 “assault weapon ban”. At that point in time the scenarios in which I envisioned our nation being in crisis involved the Federal government infringing upon the rights of gun owners.
While the FBI further tarnished their reputation with the illegal investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election I must give them appropriate feedback when they have done something right. This is them doing their job under difficult circumstances and I appreciate their hard work.—Joe]