Why the Patriot Act was just posturing
Posted by aogFriday, 07 April 2006 at 15:55 TrackBack Ping URL

Yet another long litancy of how the FBI actively CYA’d itself in to inaction before the 11 Sep attacks. But we can’t blame just the standard bureaocratic power tripping and inertia. The fact that the FBI has repeatedly failed to upgrade its information infrastructure to the point where it can supply e-mail addresses to all of its agents was no small part of the problem. None of this, of course, is addressed by the Patriot Act and there’s no evidence that any of it will be fixed or even tinkered with before the next successful attack.

Cross posted at Low Earth Orbit

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cjm Friday, 07 April 2006 at 16:21

when has the fbi ever been effective or efficient ? the institution is beyond redemption and should be old yeller’d. the time their agents were outgunned (in florida i think, late 80’s) by some drug dealers, is emblematic of their overall uselessness. use two “bullets” and dump the cia at the same time. oj is right on this one, intelligence should be open sourced.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 07 April 2006 at 19:49

Yes, I have come to the conclusion that OJ is right about that as well. We should move to where, rather than the President being the one who can declassify, he’s the only one who can classify. I.e., it’s open data unless the President personally approves restricting access.

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