Judge Napolitano on FBI: “They Ran Amok With General Petraeus’ Life & His Liberties” (Video)

Judge Napolitano was not pleased with the FBI’s behavior in regards to the Petraeus Scandal.

“These emails did not indicate criminal activity. These did not implicate national security. They were not a threat to David Petraeus the person or David Petraeus the Director of the CIA. Those are the FBI’s words. So the question is, what the heck were you doing listening to his emails? How did you get the right to listen to them? Did you have a search warrant and what did you tell the judge in order to sign the search warrant? And why did you disclose this publicly in order to dislodge this otherwise superb public servant?… I think they ran amok with General Petraeus’ life, his liberties and for that he’s out of a job and it’s wrong.”

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  • Bronson

    It’s just sex

  • snap boy

    Not so fast, Judge. Broadwell had information she should not have had: that the CIA was holding prisoners in Benghazi at the annex. That information had to have come from Petraeus and should not have been told to his wife much less his mistress who saw fit to share the information with the world.

  • JimD

    The FBI did the administration dirty work so the General could be thrown under the bus at a convenient time. But there is enough blow-back on the under-bussing that Nanny Jan is now being sent out to throw the FBI under the bus.

    Where’s the popcorn?

  • Patty

    Salacious searches but what happened to the Slaughtered 4 American heroes. I mean, affairs happen but it is not every day that on 9/11/12 when they asked for HELP, THEY WERE DENIED 3 TIMES.

  • Patty

    I want answers and so do the families of these four Americans.

  • Patty
  • Patty

    #2 November 13, 2012 at 11:56 am
    Bronson commented:

    It’s just sex

    Tell that to Holly.

  • JimD

    My bad, I saw Napolitano and assumed the cabinet secretary.

  • PegLeg

    Why were Petra and Gen. Allen involving themselves in the child custody case of Jill Kelley’s sister? Petra writes a letter to a judge on Sept. 22, 10 days after consulate killing! What the Hell! He doesn’t have better things to do with his time and efforts?


  • Rhonda

    Its quite clear the General is to be obama’s fall guy, the general didn’t agree to be the fall guy now his life and the lives of his loved ones are going to be trashed by obama’s media.

  • Patty


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    This is Obama’s real priorities.


    Obama Set To Crush American Business With Diabolical ‘Juggernaut’ Of Racial Discrimination Lawsuits

    If your organization has a policy or practice that doesn’t benefit minorities equally, watch out: The Obama administration could sue you for racial discrimination under a dubious legal theory that many argue is unconstitutional.

    President Obama intends to close “persistent gaps” between whites and minorities in everything from credit scores and homeownership to test scores and graduation rates.

    His remedy — short of new affirmative-action legislation — is to sue financial companies, schools and employers based on “disparate impact” complaints — a stealthy way to achieve racial preferences, opposed 2 to 1 by Americans.

    Under this broad interpretation of civil-rights law, virtually any organization can be held liable for race bias if it maintains a policy that negatively impacts one racial group more than another — even if it has no racist motive and applies the policy evenly across all groups.


    There are laws already on the books for discrimination and as I remember Affirmative action, that didn’t work out to well, when uneducated and inexperienced minorities were hired for jobs they were unqualified for. Many were demoted and some were fired.

    I suppose he is reaching out to the Blacks who voted him back in. Mr. Toad’s wild ride.

  • American Woman

    Hold on, People.

    The Benghazi compound has been repeatedly referred to as a consulate by US government officials and the US media.
    However, according to informed Middle East security officials, the building was not a consulate and at no point functioned as one.

    Arab security officials say that the compound in Benghazi served as a meeting place to coordinate aid for rebel-led insurgencies in Syria. They maintain that the compound fostered the recruitment of jihadists to target Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

    The questions that must be answered:
    1. Was the US Benghazi compound used to coordinate US aid to insurgent rebel groups that include jihadists representing al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood?

    2. Was the US Government arming our enemies in the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda?

    3. Does the Obama Administration support the best interest of this country or is it supporting our enemies

  • democraps suck

    It’s an omooslum world…get used to it because it will only get worse

  • bg


    Amen on that call Judge..


  • Sparty

    It is called LEVERAGE. Chicago politics 101. Try getting anything out of him now on Benghazi- he is locked up tighter than a drum by Eric Holder and Valerie Jarrett, probably with threat of criminal charges if he talks.

  • brian

    Uhh…when you take a position regarding the security of these United States you lose some rights. One of those rights happens to be your privacy to some extent. I can guarantee you that a situation like this can be used to compromise someone. Don’t take an important position like this if you aren’t going to stay clean.

  • American Woman

    Moreover, Petraeus went amok with the life and liberties of our enlisted servicemen. Petraeus is responsible for rules of engagement tha favor Islamic Fascists and daily put the lives of our troops at risk in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    He kowtowed to Obama, and now he is Obama’s fall-guy. (Just desserts.)

  • PegLeg


    I have trouble with directions! Which direction is Mecca?

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    Right judge, I’m sure all this musical bedding had absolutely no effect on the professional decisions made by our CIA chief and the top general in A-stan. Nope, none at all.

    🙄 🙄

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    @American Woman:

    Don’t forget his initial appearance in front of the congressional committee where he blamed the video for Benghazi when he knew damned well that wasn’t the cause. He also attempted to suppress our free speech when he called on Terry Jones to refrain from burning a koran on 9/11/11.

  • Where’s the MF money Jon?

    Excellent points judge.
    I don’t know the answers, but it seems the FBI was collecting dirt on Patreaus, then the White House blackmailed Patreaus to lie to Congress about Benghazi then to keep him from exposing the lie, outed him a week before he was to testify again – to shut him up and anyone else. If they can do this to Patreaus, they can do it to anyone.
    Enough speculation, that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it until I get more facts.

  • Michael Brennick

    Not impressed with this liberaltarian’s take on Petraeus. The general was a champion of the politically correct, social engineering military. He then foolishly accepted a policy position in the most Leftist administration in US history. Now he will be made the fall guy and sideshow. I’m not shedding any tears.

  • American Woman

    Petraeus is responsible for the rules of engagement in Afghanistan that risk the lives of our troops.

    Read about it:

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Judge Napolitano on FBI: “They Ran Amok With General Petraeus’ Life & His Liberties”

    The whole Obie administration is running amok with our lives and liberties, and the end (of his administration) is still some time away.

  • All_IS_LOST

    LOL life and liberties….Does he think this is still the America of the 80’s or something?

    There is no law or protection here.

  • TrickyDick

    You have to cover up Bengazi some kind of way.

  • myohmy

    If Petraues and Broadwell were clear of any wrong doing, time to prosecute the FBI agent of misuse of government resources for his own personal use.

  • Jaimo

    OMG, I read the headline as Janet Napolitano not Judge Napolitano and thought the old gal had a stroke.

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  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    If Petraues and Broadwell were clear of any wrong doing, time to prosecute the FBI agent of…

    You’re joking, right?

  • Dave in NYC

    If they can do this to Patreaus, they can do it to anyone.

    If you don’t have any dirty secrets, there’s nothing they can blackmail you with.

  • myohmy

    Benghazi cover up, gun running operation and 4 dead americans became a side show. Sex under the desk, lies and 30K emails become front and center. Sad.

  • bg
  • Jerry C

    Petraues was the one who told Congress that he takes orders from the U.N., right? So screw him. If you lie in bed (no pun intended) with snakes, prepare to get bitten. And by snakes, I mean the serpant that was in the Garden of Eden. 😉

  • The FBI has been doing this to the kind of people that conservatives don’t like for as long as there has been an FBI, and the only conservatives who ever objected were people like Ron Paul.

  • Candy

    Hey bg, did you see this?

    U.S. general demoted over ‘extravagant trips’
    Gen. William “Kip” Ward will lose one star and retire as a three-star lieutenant general

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/general-demoted-extravagant-trips-article-1.1201284#ixzz2C8Jcnq6u

    Did you see this via CBS?


    Judge is right… they’re all in his business. All of this proves mucho distraction on why were they there in the first place running guns to the enemy. Also while the suck ROE have been made worse by leading sacrifices to Obama’s moon god in war. Has anyone checked on the death count in AfPak and Iraq lately? Can anyone imagine this many SEALS being killed in all the administrations prior to this one?

    I believe Obama got that piece of crap movie made and is not working in the interests of this country… to say the least. My youngest could have made a better movie; to took a muslim mind. No one with an American knowledge of any movie or tv show would make such a crappy movie. Nevermind it being factually true, it doesn’t have our mindset, period.

    This is a purge.

    I was waiting on Adm. Stavridis to be next… check these stories out:


  • valerie

    #37 November 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    Adam Robert Ryan commented:

    cites? Please, be specific.

  • valerie

    #37 November 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    Adam Robert Ryan commented:

    Just to get you started, we are all already aware that Richard Nixon used to order this kind of [email protected], and that Al Haig would simply ignore him.

  • JenBee

    #34 November 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm
    myohmy commented:

    Benghazi cover up, gun running operation and 4 dead americans became a side show. Sex under the desk, lies and 30K emails become front and center. Sad.

    Right on.

  • bg


    Candy #38 November 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    no i hadn’t, thanks..

    but i’m certain it will get a lot worse
    before it gets better, if ever.. *sigh*

    here’s the idea behind the plan, just not sure which came first, Obama the
    natural, or Obama the groomed to take US down, either way he’s not alone,
    the powers that be are intent on creating a kingdom right here on Earth..

    Breaking The War Mentality
    by Barack Obama
    March 10, 1983



  • bg


    #37 November 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    Adam Robert Ryan

    let me guess, so says Ron Paul
    the eccentric Progressive?? 🙄


  • Time

    When is any of this legal that the FBI can bug, tap or hack into the CIA personal emails, without due cause or court order ? Was there any real danger, security risk that would have placed grave harm on the country ? Why would this woman have the privilege of having the FBI take notice, investigate someone of unknown origin that is sending her threatening emails? Does any one else in the general population get this luxury ? Do you know of anyone that has received threatening emails, harassing emails from unknown people and the FBI was willing to put forth a team and investigate ? Why was she given this special treatment ? You can file a complaint with the FBI, tell me when they get back to you, open up a case to investigate. I guarantee you you will never hear back.
    Something is not adding up. This is very, very scary. When you have organizations that can just go on their merry way and start hacking personal emails, phone logs and everything else.
    This woman in Tampa would have been told to file a police report. Never would the FBI taken on a case of such low priority, when they had no clue before they started their investigation who it was or where it would lead. This all makes no sense.
    I am thinking many emails have been hacked, compromised by Obama and his administration, can we say WATERGATE !!!!!
    If any of the players actually crossed the line, we’re security risks, broke any laws, I guarantee you this, they would not be walking the streets now, allowed to return home. They would had been placed under arrest immediately to secure any information that they knew and could not pass on. No way would any of them be out and about. This is something all together different then what the news and Obama administration wants the people to know. Something else is going down, and Obama is changing places, changing heads. He needed cause, reasons in Order to install his loyalty in top posts and only way he could was to create fictitious plots. There is so much that we are not hearing, so much they are fabricating and so much they are creating. We as educated people know that this administration is trying to mold the military in their own form and direct it as they want, not by the laws that are on the books. Obama has broken, skirted many laws and the military knows everything. He is running scared , Obama, knowing that they can turn him in, in a heart beat. Obama is playing with their careers, as warning, you cross me and this is just the beginning of the end for you. My revenge will be worse then any front line you ever did battle on or witnessed.

  • Joanne

    So much talk, and so little action. Obama is taking down those who lead and protect the U.S. Look for some new appointments of socialists to high positions in the FBI, CIA and military.

    Daniel 8:23-25 New International Version

    “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.”

    Daniel 8:23:25 Ferrar Fenton Translation

    “And at the end of those kingdoms, when the offences are expiated, a king of fierce expression and who understands policy will arise, with mighty power,–but not his own power,–and be wonderfully corrupt, but prosper, and be energetic and destroy the mighty and Holy People. And his policy and diplomacy will increase with his power, so that he will enlarge himself to his own mind, and destroy many by treachery,–Then he will stand up against the PRINCE OF PRINCES,–and be broken without a hand!

  • bg


    ponderon #42 November 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    David Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi Attack

    yes, he did, as did the FBI (aka: the Barry & Hill drill team).. /s/


  • skullman

    #18 ROE’s are political rules, not military. Petreaus was following orders, Obamasocialist orders.

  • bg


    Time #45 November 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    oh, you hadn’t heard??

    gee, wonder why..

    i mean the MSM reported it, no?? /s/

    via Comrade Obama News Source

    [“The report shows a dramatic increase in the use of these surveillance tools… [m]ore people were subjected to pen register and trap and trace surveillance in the past two years than in the entire previous decade,” the ACLU explains, making reference to two tactics used by the Department of Justice (DoJ) to monitor and track phone calls, email messages, and social networking website use.]

    much more at link..


  • J

    Was petraeus the ultsterman?

  • dscott

    Sorry I normally agree with you Judge but you are engaging in a false equivalency argument as to what rights you have waived when you get a secret or top secret security clearance. When you have that clearance, you waive the right to personal privacy in the name of national security. You have a choice of where you work and your profession, we know each profession has it’s perks and it’s negatives. When you choose to work for the CIA or any kind of intelligence service, you give up the right to privacy and by necessity live a totally transparent life. So the letters or emails you write had better be composed with that understanding unless you feel no embarrassment about your dirty laundry aired in public.

    FYI – FBI Counter Intelligence is tasked with vetting and policing ALL CIA and intelligence personnel. After the Ames affair, no one gets a free pass because of their position, not even the Director of CIA.

  • briscuit

    You know~ this may be a blessing in disguise. If Petraeus is no longer a part of any Administration, he will be available to lead the revolt which is coming. I can’t think of a better champion to lead us to save this Republic.

  • gracepmc

    Reports to Holder expect more rogue FBI activity without Obama ever knowing nuthin’ about nuthin’. Same FBI that couldn’t get its butt into Benghazi. Remember Benghazi Amerika? 4 dead Americans? On Hillary Clinton’s watch. Now she’s down under, visiting with friends. Hope she remembers to toast her good friend, her good dead friend, Chris Stevens. This Administration is criminal and they will violate anyone’s rights and there will be nothing we can do about it because Eric Holder stands at the gate playing God with America’s rule of law.

  • Time

    @ bg
    I absolutely believe 100%. I myself am a victim. Have been hacked relentlessly. On cell, iPad. Laptops. This is no joke. I filed report with police. Text messages intercepted, and deleted before my eyes. Emails deleted before my eyes, conversations that were private later were not so. Many, many strange occurrences. Data plans were over usage for mos, yet I never used data, never used phone to search for anything.

    Yes I absolutely believe they watch, hack and infiltrate emails, phones and every electronic device they can, spying on everyone in and out of this country. If you are in any resistance platform you are more of a reason for them to tap you. People need to believe this, wake up and understand that nothing they say, write or do is private anymore. We have lost that and will never regain the privacy we once took for granted…..

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  • rosie

    #3 November 13, 2012 at 11:59 am
    snap boy commented:
    Not so fast, Judge. Broadwell had information she should not have had: that the CIA was holding prisoners in Benghazi at the annex. That information had to have come from Petraeus and should not have been told to his wife much less his mistress who saw fit to share the information with the world.
    That info had already been reported on FOX!

  • Patty


    The New York Daily News tracked down Paula Broadwell’s father, Paul Krantz, in Bismarck, N.D. He claims to know that the tawdry spectacle we’re witnessing on the national stage is in fact a diversion from something more significant than how our military leaders conduct themselves behind bedroom doors. Krantz told the Daily News, “This is about something else entirely, and the truth will come out.”

    But Broadwell’s father said Sunday his daughter is the victim of character assassination and implied the bombshell story is just a smoke screen for something bigger.

    “This is about something else entirely, and the truth will come out,” Broadwell’s dad, Paul Krantz, told the Daily News outside his home in Bismarck, N.D.

    “There is a lot more that is going to come out,” said Krantz, claiming he was not allowed to elaborate. “You wait and see. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye.”

    If Charles Krauthammer is correct, these events may be connected to General Petraeus’s testimony on the Benghazi attack.


  • Patty

    David Petraeus Shocked By Paula Broadwell Emails To Jill Kelley

    Ex-CIA director David Petraeus has told friends he was shocked to find that his biographer and girlfriend, Paula Broadwell, was suspected of sending anonymous, threatening emails to a Petraeus friend she saw as a romantic rival.

    A close Petraeus associate said Monday that FBI investigators told Petraeus that Broadwell sent anonymous emails to Jill Kelley, a Petraeus family friend from his time at Central Command in Tampa, warning her to stay away from him. The Petraeus associate spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential conversations with Petraeus. The CIA director resigned last week after confessing to the affair.

    Petraeus was not shown the emails, but was told the tone and content seemed threatening to Kelley, prompting her to report them, the close Petraeus associate said. That triggered the investigation that led the FBI to Broadwell and evidence of her affair with Petraeus.

    The affair began in 2011, two months after he became CIA director, a friend and former top aide said Monday. The case has sparked an uproar in Congress over FBI investigative tactics and complaints by lawmakers they weren’t told soon enough about the probe rocking the intelligence and law enforcement establishment.

    Petraeus, who resigned last week as the nation’s head spy, and his family are said to be devastated over the affair, especially his wife Holly, who “is not exactly pleased right now,” said Steve Boylan, a friend and former Petraeus spokesman who spoke to Petraeus over the weekend.

    “Furious would be an understatement,” Boylan told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He said Petraeus ended the affair four months ago.


  • Patty

    Feinstein ready to subpoena Petraeus report

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) said she would, if necessary, subpoena a trip report from former Central Intelligence Agency director David H. Petraeus’ trip to Libya in the last year.

    “I believe that Director Petraeus made a trip to the region (of Libya), shortly before this became public,” Feinstein said. “I believe that there is a trip report. We have asked to see the trip report. One person tells me he has read it, and then we try to get it and they tell me it hasn’t been done. That is unacceptable.”

    “It may have some very relevant information to what happened in Benghazi,” Feinstein

    Read more: http://times247.com/articles/feinstein-ready-to-subpoena-petraeus-report#ixzz2C9Zq1svv

    may have? 😆

  • Patty

    Petraeus and Broadwell used common e-mail trick

    The FBI is wise to many of the tricks used by terrorists and others to hide email trails

    7:05PM EST November 13. 2012 – Paula Broadwell, ex-mistress of former CIA chief David Petraeus, could have used several methods to hide her identity if she sent anonymous, threatening e-mails to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, experts say.

    But the FBI has many techniques available to trace such communications, said Shawn Henry, who retired in March as the FBI’s executive assistant director in charge of all civil and criminal cyber investigation.

    “Somewhere along the way, her IP address was captured,” Henry said. An IP address, or internet protocol address, is a string of numbers unique to a particular computer or device on the internet. With it, authorities can usually track the identity of the person who sent an e-mail or visited a website.

    Someone trying to remain anonymous can hide e-mails by routing them through different servers and using public computers that don’t keep activity logs, he said. Broadwell may have thought she had done everything to hide her tracks, but often people make mistakes, leaving their e-mails traceable by investigators, he said.

    The Associated Press, citing a law enforcement source who declined to be identified, reported that Petraeus and Broadwell apparently used a “dropbox” to conceal their e-mail traffic.


  • Patty
  • Patty

    Jill Kelley requested ‘diplomatic protection’ in 911 call

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/13/jill-kelley-requested-diplomatic-protection-in-911-call/#ixzz2C9llrU6A

  • Curiouser…

    American Woman, Brian, and others have stated this correctly. When you accept the job, you accept the terrain which goes along with it. He wasn’t a boy scout by any means, no matter how many news organizations attempt to paint him as such. His wife is the victim here – not him. He joined this administration willingly, and you don’t make it anywhere close to his rank by not knowing a thing or two about American politics. I don’t believe this should have been given nearly the media attention it has received, but then again, I don’t have anything to gain by his fall from grace. This entire Benghazi situation has blown up in this administrations face, and when the full story finally begins to come to light, they’ll begin fighting amongst themselves like the dogs they are. God bless our service men and women for the things they see and do on a daily basis. God help our country over the next four years – we’re going to need all the divine intervention we can get.

  • Mark S.

    I think this is one where the Judge is wrong. Did the investigation start while he was the director of the CIA? Or before he was in the nomination process? It sounds like it was WHILE he was the CIA director. Therefore you have the director of the CIA in a “clandestine relationship” with a reporter/biographer.

    If it was before he was in the nomination process for the position, then the Judge has the right attitude. But if it falls during or after the nomination process, it came via an outside informant, and as such at that point the investigation began, and as such falls under national security.

    Sorry Judge, but this is one where I think you’re in the wrong, just based on the timeline.

  • Liberty


    I believe Obama is not the Anti-Christ but a precursor… warming up the crowd. JMO

  • Patty

    How CIA Director David Petraeus’s Emails Were Traced (and How to Protect Yourself)


  • Patty

    In late October, Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

    While in Tripoli, he personally questioned the CIA station chief and other CIA personnel who were in Benghazi on Sept. 11 when the attack occurred.

    The Libya stop was part of a six nation trip to the region. Petraeus intended the review as a way to prepare for his upcoming testimony before Congress on Benghazi.

    “He was looking forward to testifying,” a Petraeus friend told ABC News. “He wanted to be fully prepared.”

    Petraeus’ friend described his investigation as Petraeus’ “personal review” of both the Sept. 11 attack and the events leading up to it.

    The trip was so recent that the CIA has told the Congressional Intelligence committees that the trip report has not yet been completed.

    Petraeus’ personal involvement in this investigation is one reason some in Congress are likely to insist he testify on Benghazi.

    But now Petraeus is telling friends he does not think he should testify.

    Petraeus has offered two reasons for wanting to avoid testifying: Acting CIA Director Morell is in possession of all the information Petraeus gathered in conducting his review and he has more current information gathered since Petraeus’ departure; and it would be a media circus.


    This coming from ABC, bs`ers. And in Obama’s pocket. SUPEANO PETRAEUS, now.