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P.C. Mania at FBI Risks Lives

Tuesday, 10 June 2003 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON   The “once mighty FBI” has been politicized. But so has the rest of government, and your life could be on the line as a result. Gary Aldrich says yes, people smirk and say “political correctness” is ridiculous. But it is no laughing matter. It can kill.

Even 9/11 has not jolted government, supposedly servants of America’s taxpayers, into giving our very lives a higher priority than political correctness.

Writing in his upcoming book, “Thunder on the Left,” Aldrich says, “If we look around and listen, we would conclude that many of us have become PC to one degree of another, and those who have refused to cave in to this dysfunctional group think mentality seem odd to us -curiously out of step.”

Aldrich, a 26-year veteran of the FBI who went out in a blaze of glory (and some controversy) by blowing the whistle on the collapse of security at the Clinton White House, cites the Coleen Rowley case as an example.

Rowley is the Minneapolis FBI agent who wrote FBI Director Robert Mueller suggesting the reason a warrant was not issued to search the hard drive of Zacharias Moussaoui, the so-called “20th hijacker” of 9/11, was that managers at FBI headquarters were concerned about potential accusations of “racial profiling.”

Who knows whether 9/11 could have been averted if only the FBI had followed through on the logical steps in an investigation?

Apparently Rowley was so concerned that the FBI director would never see her memo that she sent copies of it to several senators. Why is this? What is the communications barrier here?

Aldrich, in his book, pinpoints the problem in a section titled “Let’s Begin with FBI Headquarters.”

Then this question: “Was Rowley worried that the slugs below the director’s 7th floor suite would make her bad news go away?”

“Slugs?” Thousands of lives could hang in the balance and they can be sacrificed on the alter of “political correctness” because “slugs” at our FBI simply wish to make bad news “go away”?

The “slug” problem is being dealt with, but barriers remain, says Aldrich, who is up-to-date on many of the goings on at the FBI.

“A number of senior FBI management [people have] been moved around or moved out, or encouraged to retire,” he told NewsMax.com in an exclusive interview.

Not as a direct result of Rowley’s letter, he said, but a result of “having shown the light and having been shown the light on the issue.”

Aldrich credits Mueller with stepping up to the plate and ridding the bureau of the “slugs” who flourished under his predecessor, Louis Freeh. He thinks Mueller deserves some of the credit for the fact that we’ve had no major terrorist attacks on our soil since 9/11.

However, the unnecessary layers of supervisory positions remain, and can be just as dangerous to the need for swift life-saving action. Unfortunately, that is a government-wide problem that can be solved only by getting the attention of the Office of Management and Budget or the Office of Personnel Management.

Unsnarling that jumble can save lives, and the former FBI agent says it needs to be done.

“If Rowley’s complaint was well-founded, we could assume the case agent, his supervisor, and Rowley went through the proper chain of command and complained to the ASAC [assistant agent in charge], and SAC [special agent in charge],” Aldrich writes. “Rowley’s memo does not seem to address this, but I think we need to know the answer.”

Not to put too fine a point on it, he adds, “Maybe what we have here are plenty of chiefs, but not enough braves.”

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WASHINGTON   The "once mighty FBI" has been politicized. But so has the rest of government, and your life could be on the line as a result. Gary Aldrich says yes, people smirk and say "political correctness" is ridiculous. But it is no laughing matter. It can...
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