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(Now) US Spy Agencies ‘Face Overload’

From a newly understanding Agence France-Pressee:

Outside CIA Headquarters

US spy agencies face information overload: experts

by Dan De Luce

January 7, 2010

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US intelligence officials, under pressure to better track terrorist threats, are hampered by their own vast bureaucracy and an overwhelming flow of information, analysts say.

President Barack Obama "has now discovered that he’s inherited an intelligence community in the United States which is bloated, bureaucratic and even with the best of intentions has become so large it finds it very hard to put together the pieces," Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer, told AFP

Although top security and military officials acknowledged failures and vowed to improve, making the 16 agencies with an army of 200,000 employees more efficient and nimble remained a daunting task, Riedel said…

The botched handling of the attempted Christmas Day plot carried an "eerie echo" of failures prior to 9/11, said two former members of the commission that investigated the September 11 attacks.

"With its many jurisdictional boundaries and its persistent bureaucratic fault lines, our current system, although greatly improved since 9/11, affords too many opportunities to let information slip, too many occasions for human frailty to assert itself," Thomas Kean and John Farmer wrote in the New York Times on Wednesday.

The spy agencies now share information in a way they did not before 9/11 but still struggle to sort through a massive and growing array of data about potential terrorist plots and suspects, experts said.

"The problem is that the system is clogged with information," one former CIA officer told the Washington Post.

Huge numbers of names and details on possible suspects are overwhelming the agencies, said the officer. "Most of it isn’t of interest, but people are afraid not to put it in."

The task is akin to a giant and confusing jigsaw puzzle, in which the Americans have only a fraction of the pieces needed, Riedel said.

"And every few minutes you get another piece, that may or may not be relevant to the puzzle you’re working on." …

Remember all the stories making excuses for Mr. Bush both before and after 9/11 when the intelligence agencies were even more overloaded?

We don’t either.

But we can’t wait to hear the excuses when they run one sixth of our economy when they take over our healthcare system.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 7th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “(Now) US Spy Agencies ‘Face Overload’”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    “200,000 employees”

    That is only 2 and a half people on the watch list per employee.

    We had three children and they didn’t bomb an airplane, we were watching.

    How many airport gates and take offs per day per each of the 200,000 employees?

    Glenn Beck gave a good decription of how El Al security works. AND, shouldn’t the airlines be in charge of the safety on THEIR airplanes?

    Just aksing.

  2. U NO HOO says:

    “200,000 employees”

    That is only 2 and a half people on the watch list per employee.

    We had three children and they didn’t bomb an airplane, we were watching.

    How many airport gates and take offs per day per each of the 200,000 employees?

    Glenn Beck gave a good description of how El Al security works. AND, shouldn’t the airlines be in charge of the safety on THEIR airplanes?

    Just aksing.

  3. proreason says:

    Just a hunch, but I think it will take a lot of money, and a lot more government employees to fix this.

    We’re lucky to have so many rich people who won’t mind their taxes going through the roof to fix another crisis resulting from Bush’s policies.

  4. RightWinger says:

    I just assumed that all the intelligence agency agents are scared of actually doing their jobs out of fear that Barry will have them thrown in jail for profiling or if they actually happen to make an arrest and the terrorist, err I mean suspect gets a boo-boo.

    Glad the AFP set the record straight for me.

  5. canary says:

    Obama CIA director pick was not experienced for this job, DHS focusing too much on the swine flue. Obama has blamed others in his waking hours his entire life. So, he had picked a couple to tell the media this garbage.
    The world sees Obama as a weak president who is ignorant about foreign affairs, aside economy.

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Barry actually wanted to put Moulder and Scully on it but was outraged to find they were fictional characters.

    “What?”, he yelled, “You’re not serious. I loved those guys! When did the CIA fire them?”

    “They were FBI”, Axlehead responded, “And they weren’t ‘fired’, they were canceled from the FOX network years ago.”

    “No foolin’?” Asked little Barry. “Damn….I……I……uhhh……LOVED those guys. What a shame; Our two best agents, too. Well, ok, let’s forget that. How about that report on aliens landing in LA?”

    “You mean ‘undocumented workers’, Mr President?”

    “What? No! I mean those spaceships that landed in LA….it was in the Enquirer…I want a report on that.”

    “Yes, sir, right away.”


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