Are you ready for another shocker? As it turns out the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) lied about their efforts to crackdown on mortgage fraud:
The Justice Department and FBI have quietly acknowledged they grossly overstated the scope of a mortgage fraud crackdown, which the administration heralded with much fanfare a few weeks before last year’s presidential election.
According to a memo circulated by the FBI and a correction posted online by the Justice Department, the number of defendants, the number of victims and the size of the losses are, in reality, a fraction of what officials claimed last October.
Lying during an election? How could that have happened?! This rather obvious admittance by the DoJ and FBI really kicks those who believe the state is necessary to administer justice in the face. The state, just like any other human organization, is motivated by self-interest. During an election year the number of lies told by the state often increases because those in power wish to remain in power. Election years are when every ill society is facing suddenly shows notable improvements. Unemployment often takes a dip, discussions of reducing the debt become “serious”, and enforcement against crimes that actually have victims is increased. After the election is over we learn that none of those supposed improvements were real.
How can we trust organizations that commit fraud, which is what the DoJ and FBI did, to crackdown on organizations that commit fraud? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes (who will guard the guards themselves or, if you prefer, who watches the watchmen)? Granting the state a monopoly on law enforcement also grants it a carte blanch to commit all the crimes it wants. If you are the only one tasked with law enforcement then you can break the law with impunity.
In the end, the statists’ claim that the state is necessary to uphold law and order is shot down every time the state commits crimes itself. Between its propensity to commit acts of theft, kidnapping, murder, and fraud the state is the largest criminal organization on the planet.