“The FBI has a responsibility to ensure that every alleged child abuse victim with whom the Bureau interacts is protected against further harms and to hold those committing these heinous acts accountable.”

From a letter sent last Friday by a bipartisan group of senators to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting full, written explanations of changes in the FBI’s policies following the recommendations from the Inspector General’s Office following FBI failures in the Larry Nassar investigation. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/bipartisan-senators-press-fbi-inspector-general-for-changes-following-nassar-case/ar-AAR03BY. The OIG report said FBI officials made “numerous and fundamental errors” and “violated multiple FBI policies.” Two months ago Wray testified before a Senate subcommittee that he would provide written answers. The senators are making sure Wray has this on his “to do” list.

The senators also wrote the OIG, specifically asking for additional audits of the FBI’s work when it comes to sex crimes against children, and to audit and evaluate the FBI’s adherence to its new training and policy changes, in addition to the effectiveness of the new regulations addressing the failures outlined in the Nassar report. They also asked for a comprehensive audit of the bureau’s Crimes Against Children Program, particularly focusing on sex crimes and trafficking.

The FBI has a responsibility to every child abuse victim they interact with, no matter when or at what age they come forward or are interviewed. They are subject to further harms whenever a predator is exposed, especially one in a lab coat, suit and tie or uniform. I hope the delay in Wray’s written response is because he and his agency are taking a very deep look at the ramifications of their failures and their inadequate policies when it comes to sex crimes.

We will never know what the FBI link to the cover up of the OCCK crimes is. But if you want proof that the victims of pedophiles need protection not only from the sex criminals but perhaps also from law enforcement, consider this portion of a transcript of an interview of Vince Gunnels on February 25, 1977, after his name was given to police by another victim of Busch and Greene on January 26, 1977:

As a victim and a minor, Vince Gunnels’ name was never in the press in connection with Busch or Greene. Charges against Busch for assaulting Gunnels were not even filed until March 2, 1977 (Montmorency County). Someone made that call on February 19, 1977, who had an interest in protecting Busch and knew something only known to law enforcement. At that time only law enforcement knew Gunnels was a victim. A little less than a month after this interview, Tim King’s body would be on the side of Gill Road in Livonia.

So if the FBI thinks all is well in OCCK land and that surely victims of the Oakland County child sex/porn ring would come forward with no worries after all these years, or that other whistleblowers from Oakland County or the Michigan State Police would speak freely, they need to think again. And step up their efforts in every single sex crime or public corruption case to protect victims and whistleblowers, whenever they come forward. Walk the talk.

FBI and OIG, your paper is due with the U.S. Senate. Past due.