Here's an idea: Instead of making it a crime for a citizen to lie to the FBI, why not make it a crime for a politician to lie to the public. The prison term could equal the remaining time the lying politician has in office. Moreover, a politician so convicted would no longer be eligible to run for congress. Although this is an idea most voters would support, because these liars write out laws, such legislation will never come to pass. If our founding fathers had anticipated the career politician, term limits may have been built into the Constitution. Moreover, I'm certain these pioneers of democracy would not have approved of making it a crime for a citizen, outside the witness box, to lie to a government official. Again, why should it be okay for FBI agents to lie to us, but not okay for us to lie to them? While citizen lies are not good, government lies are much worse.