Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency may not be as well known as FBI agents but apparently, their jobs are just as professionally taxing, as one former agent found out earlier this year.
Like many law enforcement agencies, the DEA is populated with a number of politically conservative agents. There’s nothing like a little time sticking with the crack heads to remind someone how “sad” the consequences of going to a government-dependent society or a society that loses control of their government.
Like many Americans, at least one now-former DEA agent is suffering for holding those beliefs while also working for the government. The former agent, who attended a peaceful rally in Washington on Jan. 6 and never entered the Capitol building, is facing prison time for his presence in Washington that day.
The former agent told Fox News on Thursday he was only at the event because someone associated with the FBI invited him to attend. But the case gets stranger. While we don’t know whether the agent’s presence was due to entrapment, the bureau is also accused at this moment of accused of being part of an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last year, according to The Independent Journal Review.
The publication goes on to cite military combat veteran and recently fired DEA agent Mark Ibrahim who is also facing “major charges” for being outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 where he was part of no property destruction, he hurt no one and stayed out of the building while others breached it.
According to IJR, Ibrahim could be facing 15 years in prison and has already lost his job with the federal government since he stands accused of breaking 40 U.S. Code 5104, which makes it a felony to “step on or climb on any statue, seat, wall, fountain or other architectural feature or any tree, shrub, plant, or turf” on the Capitol grounds.
The former agent told Tucker Carlson that he was only at the event after having been invited to travel by someone at the FBI and he had nothing to do but stand around with his government-issued side sidearm with his fellow agent and keep peace outside.
When Asked by Carlson if he was invited to the constitutionally protected protest outside by an FBI informant, his answer was telling:
“I think [the FBI informant] asked me to go with him to protect him and I think he was there to document. Both him and I were seeking to protect the public that day. We went there with the intention of seeking those who wish to do our government harm, to stop them and to protect those who peacefully protest,” Ibrahim said.
Tucker Carlson: "It would be interesting and useful I think to the continuation of our democracy if people with power in Congress would do something about this. It's clearly a political prosecution, there are people sitting in jail for political reasons." pic.twitter.com/YvM4QMvkal
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) July 23, 2021
According to the agent, the FBI knew he was there because of the capacity he was in. “Now, he says he was not working at their direction, but he concedes they knew he was there and we’ll let our viewers reach their own conclusions on the basis of that,” Carlson said. The Fox host then asked the former agent if he believe there were many other people in the crowd that day who had been in contact with the FBI in the same way he had been.
“Not that I’ve seen, but again, I went there with the intention to protect the public. Both me and my brother went there with the intention to protect the public,” he responded.
Ibrahim said he was arrested after the infusion and fired, but also that he was encouraged by his friend from the FBI to enter the Capitol building but decided to decline. When asked by Carlson if he felt the Jan. 6 inquisition is a “witch hunt” against American conservatives the former agent said he didn’t know:
“I don’t know. You know, I love my country and I love my freedom, and for the first time in my life I’ve had my freedom taken away from me,” he said. “And you know, I was in jail this week and while I was in jail, I had a lot of time to think and it’s just very sad.”