Honor and Responsibility
The Director of the FBI, Robert Mueller today:
suggested for the first time that investigators might have uncovered the plot if they had been more diligent about pursuing leads.
"The jury is still out on all of it," Mueller said, during a wide-ranging, two-hour interview at Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters. "Looking at it right now, I can't say for sure it would not have, that there wasn't a possibility that we could have come across some lead that would have led us to the hijackers."
(the full article is here
Director Mueller, if he has the slightest sense of honor or decency, should resign immediately.
It's very simple. Anyone who seeks out power and responsibility over their fellow citizens, whether in politics or administrative agencies, or law enforcement, is, by definition, seeking to be held accountable for their performance.
These are all volunteers. No one is press-ganged into the FBI, or the CIA, or the Department of Justice. People work there because they want to. Because they want to serve the public, or because they feel they are the best people to hold the power of those offices, that they can best serve the citizenry.
Now, everyone at the FBI is only human; people make mistakes, miss clues, fail to see patterns. Even if every single thing had gone right, the 9/11 attacks might still not have been prevented.
But, that said, there has not to date been a full accounting of what was known, what clues were examined, what steps were taken, previous to 9/11. We've gone from "nobody could have known" to "we might have been able to stop it." Who knows what the real truth is?
And that is the problem. Instead of trying to figure out what can be done top prevent future attacks and protect the American people, the post-9/11 investigations have turned into the usual bueraucratic morass, with all the expected career maneuvering and CYA thinking.
That is unacceptable. It is far past time that we, as citizens, demand a higher standard from those who wish to be given power over us. It is far past time that we demand that failure on the part of those who serve us must carry consequences.
And that gets us back to Director Mueller. He has presided over an FBI that allows turf fights and bueraucratic tyrrany to overshadow the agency's stated mission. He did not create this atmosphere, but he has certainly done nothing to correct it, and for that, if nothing else, he is responsible. He has failed; he has failed miserably, and he should resign.
But we know that he won't. The next step, in a government that actually served its citizens, or at least thought of them as
citizens, would be for President Monkey Boy to fire Director Mueller. But we know that won't happen either.
More's the pity.