April 4, 2004

U.S. MI5?

According to this article, the 9/11 may reccomend creating an MI5 like agency to hunt terrorists in the country:

.... The FBI lapses have led some commissioners to consider recommending an overhaul of U.S. intelligence in their final report, due July 26. That could include a proposal to break up the FBI and create a new domestic spy agency, similar to Britain's MI5, to hunt terrorists inside the country. "This is perhaps our most difficult choice," Kean tells Newsweek. FBI Director Robert Mueller is fighting the idea. A possible compromise: a semi-independent anti- terrorist unit inside the FBI.

Do we need a whole new agency, or will restructuring existing parts of the FBI be sufficient?

Posted by Ithildin at April 4, 2004 3:39 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

The problem with the FBI for this role is that a good criminal investigator is not necessarily a good terrorist hunter, and vice versa. So, you end up either mixing the two career paths and functions together, or you have two completely seperate functions with two missions under one head.

If you go with the latter, then you end up with a criminal investigation groups headed by a counter-terrorist leader.

So, it probably does make sense to split the functions.

Posted by: craig henry at April 4, 2004 9:17 PM