While the pols on the 9/11 Commission jockey for impact, keep your eye on the staff reports. The one released today skewers the FBI on numerous fronts. Worst of all, it says the FBI under Louis Freeh failed to establish an effective counter-terrorism operation despite it being raised to priority number one in the last two years under Clinton. Then, oh by the way, the report says Ashcroft downgraded terrorism below drug and gun enforcement.
Meanwhile, Janet Reno testified during our live coverage that in her opinion, the Patriot Act is improving domestic security without harming civil liberties. But neither she nor Freeh wants a US secret police force, like Britain’s MI5, as some have proposed.