The Federal Bureau of Investigation hasn’t been having a stellar few years.

For starters, it seems as though a majority of the mass shootings that we have experienced in recent years all contain some hidden, pre-massacre link to the FBI.  In the case of Pulse Nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen had been living with an undercover FBI informant for eleven years prior to having a gun shop clerk call the feds on him for attempting to suspiciously buy thousands of rounds of ammunition.

For Parkland, Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz, the FBI even fielded a call from a concerned acquaintance who said that Cruz was likely to “shoot someplace up”.

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And let’s not even get started with the fustercluck involving Hillary’s emails and James Comey.

Now the FBI is catching flak for strange behavior of another sort in Pennsylvania, where a familial team of treasure hunters claims that they were denied their glory by a late night excavation by the agency.

Surrounded by dozens of stone-faced FBI agents on a frigid winter’s day, Dennis and Kem Parada stared down at the empty hole and knew something wasn’t right.

The father-son duo spent years combing this bit of Pennsylvania wilderness with high-end metal detectors, drills and other tools to prospect for a fabled cache of Civil War gold. They felt certain they’d discovered the hiding place of the long-lost booty, leading the FBI to the mountainous, heavily wooded area last March.

Now, at the end of the court-sanctioned excavation, the FBI escorted the treasure hunters to the snow-covered site and asked them what they saw. They gazed at the pit. Not so much as a glimmer of gold dust, let alone the tons of precious metal they said an FBI contractor’s instruments had detected.

“We were embarrassed,” Dennis Parada told The Associated Press in his first interview since the well-publicized dig last winter. “They walk us in, and they make us look like dummies. Like we messed up.”

Something just wasn’t right, however, and locals began to talk about strange activity in the area surrounding the incident.

Heather Selle, who lives in nearby Weedville, said she was getting her kids ready for school on the morning of the second day when she spied a convoy of FBI vehicles driving past — including two large armored trucks.

“There was too many people involved, there was too much hush-hush, and there’s been too much seen,” said still another resident, Garrett Osche, whose garage was used as a staging ground for the FBI’s initial foray to the Dents Run area weeks before the dig. “Why do you close the road down if you’re not loading something out? If you’re not sneaking something, why do you need to do what they did?”

As of this writing, the FBI has denied all requests for clarification on the issue, including a Freedom of Information Act request that is now under review thanks to a concerned Congressman.

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