Oh, That's Why
Last week, I asked,
Now, if Evan Kohlmann can get to this gathering, and if John Walker-Lindh can meet bin Ladin, why haven’t we penetrated and shut down more groups which are openly calling for murder?
Today’s New York Times has the answer in “Large Volume of F.B.I. Files Alarms U.S. Activist Groups:”
WASHINGTON, July 17 – The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected at least 3,500 pages of internal documents in the last several years on a handful of civil rights and antiwar protest groups in what the groups charge is an attempt to stifle political opposition to the Bush administration.
The F.B.I. has in its files 1,173 pages of internal documents on the American Civil Liberties Union, the leading critic of the Bush administration’s antiterrorism policies, and 2,383 pages on Greenpeace, an environmental group that has led acts of civil disobedience in protest over the administration’s policies, the Justice Department disclosed in a court filing this month in a federal court in Washington.
Way to allocate resources, guys. As the Economist once said, “we now accept unreservedly that we should have always known the Bureau was bound to cock it up in the end.”