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* Tim Weiner traces a long history of FBI bungling and incompetence in its secret intelligence operations … LMW: is it any wonder the anthrax case remains unsolved?

Posted by DXer on April 11, 2012

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The FBI spent $100,000,000 and 7 years on Amerithrax …

and apparently did not solve the case !!!

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Enemies – A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner

… reviewed by Kevin Baker, NYT, 3-30-12 …

  • The F.B.I., as Robert Penn Warren wrote about the rest of humanity, was “conceived in sin and born in corruption.” When Theodore Roosevelt first proposed a national police force in 1908, Congress said no, fearing “a central police or spy system in the federal government.” Roosevelt simply used a “special expense fund” at the Justice Department to quietly hire 34 agents for his new “Bureau of Investigation.” To this day, the F.B.I. lacks a formal charter, and its financing has often been shrouded in secrecy.

Weiner lays bare a record of embarrassing, even stunning failure,

in which the bureau’s lawlessness was matched

only by its incompetence.

  • The F.B.I. conducted huge raids against pacifists, labor leaders and other dissidents during World War I, directing the arrest of tens of thousands of individuals. Yet it failed to uncover a single enemy spy.
  • Combating Nazi agents before and during World War II, the F.B.I. was, by its own assessment, “a laughingstock.”
  • During the cold war, a Soviet spy said its agents were “like children lost in the woods.”
  • Hoover himself derided the “gross incompetency” of his agency in failing to keep better tabs on Lee Harvey Oswald after his return from the Soviet Union.
  • by the 1960s, the F.B.I. seemed just as lost combating domestic revolutionaries as it was battling foreign spies. The bureau failed utterly to stop the lunatic amateurs of the Weather Underground, even as they planted a bomb in the Capitol.
  • The Puerto Rican terrorist group F.A.L.N. carried out a hundred bombing attacks and “pulled off the most lucrative armed robbery in the history of the United States” without a single member being apprehended.
  • Hoover’s successors were mostly clueless bunglers; save for the current director, Robert S. Mueller III, none completed their terms of office.
  • It’s infuriating to read of how F.B.I. agents investigating Al Qaeda were stymied from stopping the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, thanks to a bureau misinterpretation of a Justice Department directive about sharing evidence. One agent, trying desperately to get a search warrant for the apartment of the captured terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui through the afternoon of Sept. 10, 2001, received a final denial from the F.B.I.’s International Terrorism Operations Section telling him that the “F.B.I. does not have a dog in this fight.”

Thomas Kean, the Republican chairman of the 9/11 Commission, concluded:

“We can’t continue in this country with an intelligence agency

with the record the F.B.I. has.

You have a record of an agency that’s failed,

and it’s failed again and again and again.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/books/review/enemies-a-history-of-the-fbi-by-tim-weiner.html?scp=1&sq=foiled%20again&st=cse

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