The FBI are cops. They are required by law to react to a crime. You can't arrest people for visiting the country. They have to do something illegal. These guys did their illegal thing and died in the process; it's a little late. Now the FBI is working on solving the crime. That's their job. They're getting evidence and netting other people who are here. I think I'm seeing evidence of them collecting copycats too (couple arrested today after downloading lots and lots and lots of photos of gov't buildings & bridges and other targets.) Great! More power to them! Let them do it right this time--no lost documents, no inadmissable evidence, warrants all in order when they're needed, don't let a single fly out of the web! It's amazing to see a force not long ago so very demoralized pulling it together and finding their mission again. Pray for them. Bake them cookies. (Well, I don't know about the cookies. Order them pizzas?)
People seem to be ignorant (Ignorant as in they don't know) the different missions of the Gov't agencies.
FBI: Cops and robbers
CIA: Intel on foreign Gov'ts
INS: Border patrol etc.
Pres: Commander in chief - not dictator - 1/3 of US Gov't
Congress: Declares war
Mil: Defend against foreign attacks
To: ChemistCat, america-rules
I am not trying to provoke an argument. I am pointing out that the FBI has a slew of intelligence gathering resources. They are not a pure reaction force as Clancy painted the picture. The lack of communication between the CIA and FBI has been recognized long before the attack on our country and is deplorable. Both agencies were tracking some of the actors prior to the attack and apparently did not share the intel with each other to try to interpret what it all meant. This is not what I want. The blame for the attacks rest squarely on the terrorists but I think that we should be able to count on the CIA and FBI to communicate and coordinate on a routine basis.
posted on 09/20/2001 10:18:48 PM PDT
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