Alinsky Rule 5 Post 25
In the wake of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, FBI Director Christopher Wray held a press conference where he pledged that the Bureau will:
“…require all senior executives all around the world to convene for in-depth training specifically focused on learning the lessons we should learn from the report. Then we’re going to train every single FBI employee, both new hires and veterans alike, on what went wrong so these mistakes will never be repeated, driving home the importance of objectivity, avoiding even the appearance of personal conflicts, or political bias, in our work.”
Shortly after Wray’s press conference concluded, elements of the “in-depth training” for all FBI employees began to leak to the media.
The leaks include this agenda of the Basic Training Class, as well as several details.
Director’s Basic Training Class
For Official Use Only – No Public Dissemination
9:00 am-9:45 Sign in & Continental breakfast
9:45-10:10 View video of Director Wray’s news conference reacting to DOJ Watchdog Report aired on CNN, and discuss meaning
10:10-10:30 Break & return calls
10:30-11:15 How2 avoiding the perils of email bias, e.g., use personalized, one-time pads for encoded hand-written messages
11:15-12:00 How2 deploy standard spy tradecraft to convey personal biased messages, e.g. brush pass, cut out, dead drop
12:00 pm-1:45 Catered lunch on-site
1:45-2:05 Objectivity & Subjectivity, How2 tell the difference
2:05-3:00 How2 use the HQ 7th floor art of doublespeak and circuitous language, e.g., “I don’t know what I knew then,” “I don’t recall,” “I don’t know that for a fact,” “I didn’t get a sense that…”
3:00-3:30 Break & Afternoon snack
3:30-4:00 Summarize the day’s lessons in small groups and post on flip charts, then compile into best practices
4:00-4:25 Final Exam
4:25-4:40 Sign confidentiality agreement and attach finger print
Also leaked were several questions on the “Final Exam” near the close of the class.
Question 7. Of the three listed, circle the subjective choice. (A) Cow (B) Chair (C) Zoroastrianism
Question 19. Underline who you would most like to have dinner with. (A) Hillary (B) Bill (C) One of the Podesta brothers (good luck finding Tony)
Question 32. Of the three listed, circle what represents your best choice: (A) HRC bumper sticker from 2016 election (B) “I’m with her” 2016 campaign button (C) T-shirt reading “Love Trumps Hate” [trick question – no wrong answer]