Monday, April 19, 2004

Who Built The Wall Between Intelligence and Law Enforcement?

In Attorney General Ashcroft’s April 6 testimony before the 9/11 Commission, he revealed a declassified memo, written during the Clinton administration, which was responsible for strengthening the wall between the intelligence services and the crime-fighters that prevented us from preventing 9/11. As a vitally interesting extra, Ashcroft revealed that the memo was written by an actual 9/11 commissioner – Democratic appointee Jamie Gorelick.

The “wall” that, according to Ashcroft, government both created and was blinded by, was invented during the Carter administration and strengthened during the Clinton years. It hampered the FBI and kept them from adequately investigating people like Zacarias Moussaoui and two of the Pentagon hijackers. The wall continued to hinder government investigations until recently, when the Patriot Act tore it down.In the Gorelick memo, which is entitled “Instructions on Separation of Certain Foreign Counterintelligence and Criminal Investigations” and which contains orders to former director of FBI Louis Freeh and other high-ups, she writes:

We believe that it is prudent to establish a set of instructions that will more clearly separate the counterintelligence investigation from the more limited, but continued, criminal investigations. These procedures, which go beyond what is legally required, will prevent any risk of creating an unwarranted appearance that FISA is being used to avoid procedural safeguards which would apply in a criminal investigation.

It would appear that Miss Gorelick would have a bias in handling the commission. In repeating the call of many others in recent times, she should be testifying for the Commission, not hearing testimony. Read a full article on the subject here.


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