Sunday, October 16, 2005

Today's revelations

Least surprising: Louis Freeh is a bullshit merchant. John Podesta:
Who was to blame for the fact that there weren't enough FBI agents working on counterterrorism? According to Freeh, it was Congress. But in testimony three years ago, Freeh declared that "Congress has shown great foresight in strengthening" counterterrorism efforts, tripling the FBI's counterterrorism budget from $97 million in 1996 to more than $300 million in 1999. Whose fault was it that the FBI remained incapable of basic file management? Congress's, Freeh contends -- it underfunded the bureau's technology program. But as the report of the Sept. 11 commission points out, Congress did not meet FBI requests in the late 1990s because the bureau had squandered so much money already.
You have to read the whole thing.

Most surprising: Condi Rice doesn't seem entirely convinced that al Qaeda attacked us on 9/11. Hell, she doesn't even seem convinced that "the people who flew those planes into buildings" were the "proximate cause." Good Lord.


Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Yes, isn't that wonderful? 'Proximate' cause. It could have been those guys who flew those planes into those buildings. But we took the bolder approach, which was that it was Saddam's farts that drove them to it.

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