Yesterday I pointed to the many questions that remain unanswered about the Marathon Terrorist Attack (MTA). I told how the FBI is now in shut down mode. I said we’d never get the answers to our questions.
The reason why is there is no one that controls the FBI. It does what it wants to do without oversight. A look at a couple of events in Boston shows this.
The Boston Globe talking about the Marathon Terrorist Attacks reports: “US Representative Stephen Lynch, whose district includes parts of Boston, said Saturday that he has a number of questions for US and Russian officials about what they knew about the brothers, and when.”
That couldn’t be the same Congressman Stephen Lynch who was concerned about the FBI’s use of Mafia Bigwig Mark Rossetti as a Top Echelon informant after the FBI told us at the end of the debacle involving Whitey Bulger that it wouldn’t do such things anymore. When it was revealed that the FBI in Boston told this Mafia chief that its job was to keep him safe, the Globe reported: “Lynch said in an interview yesterday that he has demanded a briefing from the FBI’s Washington offices on the guidelines the agency must follow in handling informants, particularly those with criminal histories. The request was granted and is being scheduled, he said.”
That Globe report was on August 11, 2011. 20 months ago. He still hasn’t had a briefing on this simple matter. 20 months of being pushed around by the FBI. Lynch has lost interest. Apparently it is easier to run for US Senate than to take on the FBI. His opponent now has similar concerns but he too has feared holding the FBI to account.
Lynch went on to say according to that article, “he believes Congress must ultimately play a role in getting more answers and determining if the attack could have been stopped.” We all believe that, Congressman. But the actions of yourself and your fellow Congressmen tell us it will never happen since it will involve questioning FBI actions which you fearful of doing.
Remember 9/11? Remember the 9/11 commission report. Here’s what the N.Y. Times said about what it found. “Information sharing within the F.B.I. . . . is sluggish, in part because the bureau’s field offices have excessive autonomy and in part because the agency is mysteriously unable to adopt a modern communications system. The F.B.I. is an excellent police department, but that is all it is. Of all the agencies involved in intelligence and counterterrorism, the F.B.I. comes out worst in the commission’s report.” As far as it now appears, nothing has changed.
We can argue until the cows come home whether the FBI could have stopped 9/11; but it seems with the Marathon Terrorist Attack there’s some real concerns that must be addressed. I asked some of the many obvious questions yesterday.
Yet we’re again facing a shut door. How can this be in a free country that the people have waited 20 months to find out why the FBI is still protecting guys like Rossetti and now won’t tell us anything that it did with respect to protecting us from guys like Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
How can it be in America that the one group that is supposed to control the FBI, our elected representatives in Congress, is afraid to confront it? I’ve listed in my book Don’t Embarrass The Family fifteen steps that should be taken to make the FBI a better agency. Had some of them been done, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
What about our president, Barack Obama? Won’t he help us beyond his nice words? This MTA happened on his watch. It happened under the leadership of the present director who seems to have done little to change that detective agency since 9/11.
Obama must appoint a new strong director who will straighten this agency out and open the doors? If he keeps the same one who is already two years beyond his statutory limit he is content to give us the same type FBI we saw under J. Edgar Hoover, one that protects itself and not the people.
Let me remind Obama of what he said: “My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”
What is it Obama? Will you walk the talk or take a walk. The fat is on the fire. Do you want a strong America for the people or one where our leaders hide from the people for fear of embarrassment? If mistakes were made, admit them so they won’t happen again.
We have four dead Americans and many seriously maimed and injured. We want to know if this could be prevented. We don’t have 20 months or more to wait. We have to know what is going on behind the walls of the FBI.