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From: Otis Willie
Subject: Get out on the street, FBI agents ordered
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 22:27:59 EST
Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 03:27:59 GMT
Get out on the street, FBI agents ordered
(EXCERPT) By David Rennie in Washington (Filed: 22/11/2002)
Senior FBI officials have sent blistering reprimands to their regional
offices for failing to fight terrorism with sufficient vigour.
The agency's deputy head, Bruce Gebhardt, told field office chiefs he
was "amazed and astounded" by the failure of some to commit resources
Senior officials have complained that the field offices, run more like
feudal baronies than subordinate branches of one service, have proved
hard to wean off their traditional diet of conventional crime.
Mr Gebhardt said field office chiefs needed to instill "a sense of
urgency" in agents and order them on to the streets to find leads to
potential terror cells.
The bureau is now aggressively recruiting linguists and has held a
public recruiting drive for Muslim agents and members of
hard-to-penetrate immigrant communities.
According to extracts from his memo, leaked to yesterday's New York
Times, Mr Gebhardt, attacked the historic tendency of individual field
offices to hoard information.
Congressional investigations of the September 11 a...
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