The real problem is no one wants to determine why the FBI is screwing up. It won’t admit it. That would result in them being embarrassed which is the one thing it most fears. Better one thousand terrorist bombings than be embarrassed!
It acts as if things are fine. Well, folk, they aren’t. The best thing it has going for it is the timidity of our leaders. No one will call it to account.
How absurd is it to hear the Republican congress members complain about the FBI’s investigation of Hillary’s email and that despite overwhelming evidence against her the FBI’s director James Comey cleared her? Every once in a while a courageous and astute reporter, a dying breed, will ask whether they are criticizing Director James Comey, the man who wants to be another J. Edgar and who knows the only way to do that is to have his ten-year term extended indefinitely by a friendly president (Hillary?) the way J. Edgar did when he had the president after president keep him on long past his retirement due date. (Don’t think it could happen? Wasn’t the prior one extended two years without a peep from anyone? If it can be done for two it can be done for twenty.)
When confronted with the question by the gutsy reporter the Republican congressman will then tell us how Comey is a man who has the utmost integrity and is beyond reproach. How then does he square the circle that a man of such outstanding qualifications would do something tawdry like giving a crook a pass. Any person with an open mind must conclude the Republican complainer is talking through his hat or her bonnet.
There is not the slightest doubt the FBI has dropped the ball. The last two major bombings in New York and Boston were caused by radical Muslims. The FBI was tipped off about them. Not only that they investigated them and cleared them. They closed out the case; they gave no other law enforcement agency the information. The FBI erred, and erred badly. You cannot get around it. No one wants to go there. Expect, then, more bombings by people “cleared” unless the FBI recognizes it did screw up.
“Why is it the FBI is tipped off about these terrorists, does an investigation, clears them, and then they set off bombs?” I was asked. I said that never should have happened. Why it did is the way the FBI operates. Agents get evaluated on how many cases they “clear” in a year. It does not pay for them to have stick-to-it-iveness. Under J. Edgar Hoover it was very important to have cleared a certain number of cases each year. If an agent did really well he could get a letter of commendation put in his file; a few would get a bonus.
I know Hoover has been dead for 44 years but the FBI still clings to his teachings as if they were carved on two tablets (the first being “Don’t Embarrass the Family”) that he carried down from Mount McKinley , oops, Denali. (Denali is not a river in Africa!)
Sadly, there is no reason for not having kept up with the doings of Tamerlan Tsarnaev or Ahmad Khan Rahami, the most recent bomber. It seems both traveled to hot beds of Islamic radicalism. Why not check back on the person every four to six months forever? Or, why not ask a local police department to keep an eye on him? Each one became more and more radical as time passed. Wouldn’t it be nice to know about it?
Perhaps the FBI will reconsider its position in these matters and stop closing out cases. Keeping them open forever and keeping tabs on them might not have prevented their actions; but then again it might have. The FBI has to step up its game.