Friday, December 26, 2003

There's an informative -- to the wise -- speech online here. It was delivered (at least I presume it was; the page simply says "prepared") to the leadership of the ADL in April 2002. Here are a few bits from it with my comments.

We in the FBI tremendously value your perspectives and your partnership. Your insights and research into extremism are particularly helpful to us, shedding light on the changing nature of the terrorist threats facing America. Your support of hate crime and terrorist investigations, which are now front and center in the work of the FBI, is essential to us. And the training and education you provide for the FBI and for law enforcement have never been more relevant. That includes the conference on extremist and terrorist threats you are sponsoring later this month at the FBI Academy. Bleah. Trusting the ADL to help identify terrorists makes no sense, as anyone who honestly investigates the ADL can see. Real patriots are considered enemies by false ones -- like the ADL.

Eight months after the attacks -- even after all the information we've turned up, as one reporter put it, from "caves and credit cards" -- we have yet to find a single piece of paper outlining any element of the attack. Maybe they should search the Mossad. Oh, I forgot: that would be anti-Semitic; the Mossad are of impeccable character and would never do anything sneaky like stage a terrorist incident and blame it on someone else to further their policy goals. Their official motto of "By way of deception thou shalt do war" is just a joke. Right? Yes, of course; if the Mossad were up to anything really bad, the ADL would certainly alert us, and would never think of aiding in the deception. Right? We can trust them. (The alert reader may detect a hint of sarcasm here.)

We are working hard to overcome the legal, technical, and often cultural issues that prevent us from exchanging information and intelligence more effectively. Remember, a dictatorship is the most efficient government, but that doesn't make it the most desirable. I'm reminded of the saying that one should always find out why a fence was put up before taking it down. Why are there "legal issues" being "overcome" here? Mueller gives no detail, so I don't know. Should we just trust the FBI -- especially after Waco, Ruby Ridge, Vince Foster, WTC 1993, COINTELPRO, TWA 800, etc. -- to restrain itself in these matters? Do you trust them? Do you trust judges to restrain them for you? We've selected two new high level Bureau executives to focus on improving partnerships with our 650,000 [!!] state and municipal law enforcement counterparts. One is a seasoned professional from the ranks of local law enforcement who begins work later this month. His job is to help us integrate our state and municipal counterparts into the war on terror and into major investigations. Again, think about fences. Why were these "integrations" not done before? Whatever made them not desirable then, do you suppose we should just assume that it's changed now? "Condi" the CFR wonder-girl says 9/11 changed everything, so maybe so. Maybe we should just stop trying to figure anything out and let the government do it for us. They're the experts, after all. Right?

The September 11 terrorists spent a great deal of time and effort figuring out how America works. They knew the ins and outs of our systems. Boy, those terrorists sure were thorough, weren't they? Would that Americans cared that much about how their own government really works. Anyway, somehow, while -- apparently, from Mueller's confident pronouncement here -- leaving enough evidence behind to justify this remark, those darn terrorists simultaneously left literally no scrap of evidence behind indicating any part of the 9/11 plan. Now that's precision work! Or, maybe, they weren't the ones who actually did it. Our analysts do some great work. When they're allowed to, yes. But we need more of them so that we can do more of the kind of strategic thinking that helps us stay one step ahead of those who would do us harm. Our new office of Intelligence will be devoted to strengthening these very capabilities. An office of Intelligence in the Federal Bureau of Investigation? What next, an office of Investigation in the Central Intelligence Agency? Aww, that's a cheap shot; I couldn't resist though. Must be sugar OD.

...nearly $600 million... will move us towards a near paperless environment... All the better to erase your tracks? I guess that's not a concern, since the FBI can be trusted. Right?

The Bureau today has a sense of urgency. I'm going to tell you about that phrase, "a sense of urgency", but not right now. Remind me, if I forget. For America and for the FBI, prevention must include an international offensive capability in which the intelligence and law enforcement resources of the global community are integrated into a program to disrupt and attack terrorist operations in their infancy. Do I smell the foul odor of the evil U.N. seeping under the door?

Thank you for all you do. I’m looking forward to a long, productive partnership. This echoes the fawning tone of the opening part. If the FBI were honest, it would have nothing to do with the character assassins of the ADL and their vituperative smear tactics. But, alas, the opposite is true.

Honest Americans, take heed. "Your" government is groveling at the feet of a nest of liars. This is not a good thing.

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