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Guess what? The FBI hasn't fully reinvented itself

That conclusion made Page One of the NYT this morning.

F.B.I. Struggling to Reinvent Itself to Fight Terror [NYT, 10.10.06]

Five years after the 9/11 attacks, F.B.I. culture still respects door-kicking investigators more than deskbound analysts sifting through tidbits of data.

The story doesn't really focus on technology at all, although the FBI's IT issues are becoming something of government lore.

Apparently the story was done in conjunction with the PBS documentary program Frontline, which will do a program on this tonight.

The Enemy Within
coming Oct. 10, 2006 at 9pm (check local listings)
(60 minutes)
Five years after the attacks on 9/11 and the massive, multibillion-dollar reorganization of government agencies which followed, FRONTLINE and New York Times reporter Lowell Bergman investigates the domestic counterterrorism effort and asks whether we are any better prepared to prevent another catastrophic attack. Relying on interviews with high-level sources in the U. S. government, Bergman looks into the major cases brought inside the United States and reveals troubling flaws in what has been the largest reorganization of the government in half a century. The documentary focuses on who is the real enemy within the United States and whether we are prepared to defeat him.

A journalistic aside: You probably don't remember Bergman, but he used to work for the CBS News' 60 Minutes and did the famous for producing a story investigating the tabacco industry, specifically featuring Brown & Williamson scientist Jeffrey Wigand. That story was later made into the 1999 movie, The Insider, and Bergman was played by Al Pacino.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Oct 10, 2006 at 12:15 PM


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