FBI's Comey: "You’re Stuck With Me For Another Six And A Half Years"

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Refuting speculation that after infuriating first democrats with his handling of Hillary Clinton's email server scandal, and then by demanding that the DOJ deny Trump's allegations that Obama had bugged the Trump Tower, he may quit prematurely, FBI Director James Comey made it clear where he stands on the issue: "You’re stuck with me for about another six and a half years," Comey said on Wednesday at a cybersecurity conference hosted by the FBI and Boston College, referring to the amount of time remaining in his 10-year appointment to the post.

Concerns over Comey's tenure re-emerged after he again found himself in the center of a political storm, this time over probes into Russian hacking of the 2016 election and his request on Sunday night that the Justice Department officials reject President Donald Trump’s claims that his predecessor “tapped” his phones (three days later the DOJ has still not complied with Comey's request). Comey is among those invited to testify at the March 20 hearing over Russian "hacking" of the US elections.

As Bloomberg reports, Comey didn’t address the controversy during his speech, which was focused on cybersecurity threats, or in response to questions from the audience afterward. He did, however, say that hacking attacks are moving beyond just stealing money and data to affect the U.S. economy and security. "They’re increasingly attacks on our fundamental rights,  the rights guaranteed to us as free people especially here in this great country," Comey said.

The FBI director also called on companies to report hacking attacks to the FBI - perhaps here he was referring to the DNC which inexplicable sat on news that it had been allegedly hacked by Russians without referring it to the FBI - and develop relationships with the bureau before attacks happen. "The majority of intrusions in this country are not reported to us," he said. ‘It’s a Crime’

Companies shouldn’t retaliate by trying to hack back against their attackers, Comey said. "Don’t do it; it’s a crime," Comey said. "It’s not only against the law but it runs the risk of tremendous confusion in a crowded space."

He also complained about the increasing ease with which smartphones and other devices encrypt the contents of their data, although as Wikileaks broke in a scandalous report yesterday, the CIA does not appear to have much of a problem when it comes to circumventing personal privacy and security. Not the FBI, allegedly, because as Comey said, from October to December 2016, about 1,200 of 2,800 devices seized by law enforcement couldn’t be accessed by FBI personnel due to encryption. “The advent of default, ubiquitous strong encryption is making more and more of the room in which the FBI investigates dark," he said.

Perhaps this was meant to be an overture toward smartphone makers and consumers to be more tolerant of potential FBI snooping and to remove password protections altogether.

But more interesting than even his tenure, was the FBI's take on yesterday's Wikileaks data dump, which as we reported, revealed that CIA hackers have developed tools letting them break into devices to monitor conversations and messages before they can be encrypted. Not surprisingly, Comey didn’t comment on the disclosure but said using hacking tools to break into phones isn’t always efficient or dependable.

"While having other technical tools can be useful, it’s incredibly expensive and it doesn’t scale," he said. "It can’t be used broadly because it’s perishable." He did not provide a reasonable alternative.

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SenselessPanic's picture

what's this guy do anyways?

CuttingEdge's picture

Fuck you, Comey, you useless piece of shit.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Place your bets - in 6.5 years:

>>> Comey finally steps aside on schedule.

>>> Comey already a distant memory.  James who?

Dormouse's picture

He'll be gone before that if it's shown he was blackmailed by Liary Clinton because she knew about the spying on Trump. After all, Lowrenta told Therapist Bill on the tarmac.

evoila's picture

Can't scale ? to mass surveillance. Finish the sentence asshole. 

froze25's picture

It will be interesting to hear him testify.

JRobby's picture

FIRE THIS FUCK !!!!!!!

PrayingMantis's picture

... can't trust this comey chameleon ...

prefan4200's picture

Trump should do to Comey what some corporations do to unwanted execs.  Give him an office he must sit in all day with nothing to do.  No job duties.  No phone, no internet.  Run everything Comey did through others more loyal to Trump administration.  Comey goes nuts with boredom and eventually wants out.  Or he sits on his ass and masturbates for 6 and half years, wasting his life.  Most people in corporations who are given this treatment get the message pretty quickly and are typically amenable to adjusting their contract terms and getting the hell out.  If Comey has any brain cells left, he'll figure it out and want out too.

Pinto Currency's picture

Comey will be arrested.
A question of time.

Ms. Erable's picture

Mcuh rather see him have a car 'accident', and sooner rather than later.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Ms. Erable Mar 8, 2017 2:27 PM

...aaaand he's fired.

Save_America1st's picture

Did Comey forget who the fucking president is right now?  It ain't O-traitor

monk27's picture

I give him a year. Maybe...

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

My guess more like a month.

NidStyles's picture

PFFT, I would take their money and operate my own business out of the office they gave me. Free business rental and making two paychecks for the same amount of time invested.

 

 

crossroaddemon's picture

Getting paid to sit and masturbate actually soynds kinda awesome...

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) prefan4200 Mar 8, 2017 3:41 PM

"Trump should do to Comey what some corporations do to unwanted execs.  Give him an office he must sit in all day with nothing to do.  No job duties.  No phone, no internet."

 

So basically ~ Appoint him as a FED Governor, or, assign him to work for CNN or the NYT

Antifaschistische's picture

You're speaking like a true guy from the "private sector".   You don't get it.  Most .gov employees are more than happy to sit and do nothing day after day while racking up their lucrative pension benefits.

The Gun Is Good's picture

Or he could just be suicided. Much cheaper on the taxpayer....

Perimetr's picture

Trump is screwed.  Without the FBI to investigate the wiretaps, he cant' do shit.

 

TheReplacement's picture

Yep.  When asked about the disclosure he sidestepped instead of even pondering the question of the legality of what the CIA is doing all across the country.  Stealing stuff across state lines, and nobody is claiming it is anything but stealing people's data, bandwidth, and software, and that is a federal crime that falls squarely within the purview of the FBI.

Sebastion's picture

can't be fired retard

MrBoompi's picture

I'm sure there are plenty of exceptions to get rid of someone who lies almost every time he speaks in public.  

incharge1976's picture

Why? He sucks. The last time he did it when they were discussing the servers he wound up looking like a political hack. What makes you think he would be different this time around?

NidStyles's picture

This moron is going to get himself fired.

froze25's picture

He surprised me the way he answered the Hillary server questions so bluntly, I look forward to that bluntness again.

stubb's picture

Hopefully that bluntness isn't the product of his certain knowledge that he can't be toppled. 

D Nyle's picture

cut their budget to just Comey's paycheck, start new agency

GUS100CORRINA's picture
REALLY ... WE ARE STUCK WITH YOU?

James Comey ... WE ARE STUCK WITH YOU ONLY IF GOD WILLS IT!!!

You are NOT in CONTROL of CRAP in your life|

13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; 14 whereas you do not know what [will happen] tomorrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you [ought] to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. - James 4:13-16 NKJV

 

earleflorida's picture

How did Bush baby #43 get rid of Freeh?

Ask yourself that!?!

There are two types of 'Investigations' the FBI can perform: #1/2 "Intelligence #2/2 Criminal. The latter should/could require a FISA by the NSA/Justice Dept.

It is only the CIA which determines the outcome, as in the case of the two hyjackers caught red-handed in waht was dubb's "the Minneapolis  Airplane IV Crowd" in mid/2001. And here is a perfect example of how the security (compartmentalized?) apparatus works.

Quote:    "In the course of an FI [foreign intelligence] or a FCI [foreign Counterintelligence] investigation in which FISA electronic surveillance or physical searches are not being conducted, facts or circumstances are developed that reasonably indicate that a significant federal crime has been, is being, ormay be committed, the FBI shall notify the Crinal Division. Notice to the Criminal Division shall include the facts and circumstances developed during the investigation that support the indications of federal criminal activity. The Criminal Division may, in appropiate circumstances, contact the pertinent U.S. Attorney's Office for the purpose of evaluating the information."  end quote

"Disconnecting the Dots"  (Pg 319) By Kevin Fenton c.2011

What's of significance...is, that it's a judgement call from ( the powers`whom happen to be in charge to exploit?!  Sadly, it's used exclusively for 'Political Reasons'!

Lastly.... Susan Lindauer's book--- Extreme Prejudice (c.2010) pretty much sums up how big brother works! She was a CIA asset used by two handlers[officers] for 9yrs (1993-2002) at the UN for backchannel negotiations involving two heavily sanction'd states as in Iraq and Libya.

She was accused as being a Iragi Agent in 2003, after spending 9+/+ years working as a CIA asset and never received a trial. Susan's case was dismissed without a verdict and never did she get a trial. Obama gave her walking papers 4 days before his 2009 Inauguration!

Summary: POTUS is not just anybody[?] but he is the highest holding 'Commander-n-Chief' in the country having authority over an and all NSA!!!

ATPCommish's picture

Preskin fortells :

'I plead the 5th' 

.. Is spoken at least 7 times. 

As it is written it shall be so. Plus everyone who comes near the Obama admin who is forced to testify has the choice of the delicious chocolate cyanide pudding or pleading the 5th, sooooo.. 

yogibear's picture

HaHa, dirtbag Comey.  Bet there is a lot of dirt on you. Maybe enough to send you to a Federal prison.

Onan_the_Barbarian's picture

It is entirely possible that Comey and the FBI were out of the loop on this.

I hope so.  I like to think somebody is incorruptible.

 

stubb's picture

I doubt that somebody is James Comey. 

RichardParker's picture

They will probably rehire him at HSBC or The Clinton Foundation.

Mountainview's picture

Only government "mandarins" can talk like this.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

"Companies shouldn’t retaliate by trying to hack back against their attackers, Comey said. "Don’t do it; it’s a crime," Comey said. "It’s not only against the law but it runs the risk of tremendous confusion in a crowded space."

Companies can't hack because it's illegal but the CIA can hack even if they have no probable cause?? Go arrest the people at the CIA otherwise STFU.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

"While having other technical tools can be useful, it’s incredibly expensive and it doesn’t scale," he said. "It can’t be used broadly because it’s perishable." He did not provide a reasonable alternative"

Does this asshole think we're fucking stupid? Spook agencies have built backdoors into iOS, MacOS, Windows, Android, etc. You don't have to "crack" an iPhone when the data already resides in an NSA database. Comey is just whining because he doesn't get to play with the big boy toys.

Another thing: it's pretty rich that he claims we're "stuck" with him for six more years. Trump can fire his ass for cause, and I'm sure it won't be hard to find some cause.

LetThemEatRand's picture

FBI probably has access to the same info, but they can't use it because illegally obtained (no warrant).  So he has to make it look like he was able to obtain the information legally, after a warrant to search the device.  Encrpytion apparently makes it more difficult to pretend you're obtaining the data legally.

Ferrari's picture

"Encrpytion apparently makes it more difficult to pretend you're obtaining the data legally."

Now that's the quote of the week.

Oldwood's picture

I take his comments about being stuck with him as a dare to Trump to fire him....an implied threat as explained by Schumer. Trump has many enemies in very high places...dangerous places.

The primary concern I have with the intelligence agencies is not their surveillance of me, but the notion that they and only they have relevant and factual information. They have become the arbiter of truth. If they SAY you are guilty, then you are GUILTY. Look at how they have played it with Trump....unnamed sources within the intelligence agencies have "said" this, that or the other, and the media implies it is truthful and irrefutable....and they have not presented a single stich of evidence....nothing but their anonymous (in many cases) word.

That is our danger....that any of us, up to and including the president, can be CONVICTED of a crime based upon their WORDS. And when I say convicted, what I am implying is that having apparently irrefutable assertions placed against you in the public media is a public conviction that seemingly, while not having a specific punishment, cannot be overturned, appealed or reversed....much less used as proof of deliberate defamation.