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The FBI’s Record
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Columnist Jack Kelly isn't too impressed with the FBI's record in terror investigations.
The House International Relations committee issued a report last week criticizing the FBI's investigation of the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.

The FBI failed to pursue credible information that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols had help, the committee said.

The FBI shouldn't have abandoned its search for John Doe No. 2, the committee said. Jayna Davis, then a reporter for a television station in Oklahoma City, said she found at least 20 witnesses who identified Hussain al-Hussaini, a former Iraqi soldier, as the man they saw with Timothy McVeigh.

And the FBI should have investigated more thoroughly contacts between Mr. McVeigh and Andreas Strassmeir, a German national who was a paramilitary instructor at Elohim City, a neo-Nazi compound near the Arkansas border, the committee said.

The FBI says its investigation was exhaustive, but the discovery just two years ago of a large cache of explosives in a house in which Mr. Nichols lived (and which the FBI had searched) casts some doubt on that claim.
Kelly also describes some apparent problems with the 1993 World Trade Center Investigation, and the investigation into the Flight 800 disaster.

It's not unusual, of course, for unanswered questions to remain at the end of a criminal investigation. In fact, the more complex the investigation the greater the chance of unanswered questions remaining. An sometimes those unanswered questions can be very troubling.

One explanation, of course, is that, in the 1990s, the legal wall between intelligence operations and law enforcement operations certainly hindered our ability to look into terrorist incidents, even in the run-up to 9/11.

But one has to wonder if there's more to it than that.
 
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Logically, one could also wonder if those problems don’t explain the white house’s reluctance to rely on such domestic investigative bodies today, in the WOT.
 
Written By: Bithead
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All in all, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Branch Davidian’s front door is right next to the Ark of the Covenant. The FBI is just too incompetent for even that not to be plausible.

Remember how they used no incendiaries at Waco...and a couple years later they found the incendiaries they didn’t use!

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
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But one has to wonder if there’s more to it than that.
Well said, Dale. Indeed, there are many. So many mysteries that an entire B-industry thrives to perpetuate them, right and wrong.

As with the Bible, it might be written off as a testament to the power of multi-generational myth. Stories that change with the fuzzy back perspective of time.

Or something that is historically mapped, a pattern of disturbing ineptitude, or "looking the other way" manifests. Remember how the FBI was used to keep tabs on political enemies of Hoover? It has been done.

Someone check his box. Is J. Edgar REALLY dead?
 
Written By: Rick Day
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Does this report really pass the laugh test for you guys? Tim McVeigh, a Gulf War veteran with ties to white supremacists teamed up with an Iraqi soldier? Neither the FBI or CIA, even when the Bush Administration was tearing up the Federal Goverment looking for justification for invading Iraq, decided to pass up on investigating a credible lead into foreign involvement? That doesn’t make any sense. Tying Oklahoma City to a foreign government would be a career case for any FBI officer able to do so successfully. I’m under no illusion about just how dysfunctional the FBI is, but this this is a conspiracy theory worthy of the National Enquirer. The fact that a House Subcommittee actually thought that investigating this lunacy in an era when our government’s response to global terrorism is screaming for review and reform is just one of the many reasons that Republicans have no business leading our nation’s Congress for the forseeable future.
 
Written By: Badger
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I have to apologize quickly for the lack of editing in that last post. I’ll try to work on that a bit.
 
Written By: Badger
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Badger,

Most white supremacists are against the war in Iraq and tend to support Islamic radicals because they have the common enemy of the Jews. Not much different from Berlin-Tokyo alliances in WW II actually.
 
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