Your Page 1 picture (May 30) of FBI agents lined up, in military array, outside a federal courthouse to cheer a colleague accused of a federal crime was disgusting and scary.
It is palpably inappropriate for employees of any federal agency to stage a demonstration patently calculated to affect the course of a federal judicial proceeding.
For FBI personnel to depart from total objectivity regarding operations of the federal court system, before which they appear as parties every day, is manifestly a suicidal compromising of organizational credibility and integrity.
The incident raises serious questions about the direction and ethos of the organization--questions not dispelled by the FBI's lame and hollow mumbling about the personnel having acted as individuals. It smacks rather of a misbegotten public relations stunt aimed at deflecting public attention from the misfeasance of FBI personnel currently in the headlines.