Saturday, May 25, 2002
Today's Washington Post has an article headlined: "FBI Culture Blamed for Missteps on Moussaoui."
The FBI certainly deserves blame for failing to prevent the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, but I'm not sure that it's the "FBI Culture" that's completely to blame.
Rowley wrote that the careers of high-ranking FBI officials have in the past been ruined by poor decisions in high-profile cases. "This in turn resulted in a climate of fear which has chilled aggressive FBI law enforcement action/decisions," she wrote.
She said this atmosphere stems from the FBI's organization as a large hierarchy with numerous layers of supervisors who don't want to risk facing criticism from Congress and the public for their decisions.
And if these supervisors had acted aggressively...imagine the congressional oversight hearings where Cynthia McKinney starts railing about racial and religious profiling.
Maybe it's not completely the FBI Culture. Maybe it's what American culture has become thanks to political correctness run amok. Last I checked we're still wand-raping little old ladies so as not to make middle-aged Muslim men feel bad.