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Monday, September 27, 2004  
Problems at the FBI

We are soooo much safer now:

"Three years after the Sept. 11 attacks, more than 120,000 hours of potentially valuable terrorism-related recordings have not yet been translated by linguists at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and computer problems may have led the bureau to systematically erase some Qaeda recordings, according to a declassified summary of a Justice Department investigation that was released on Monday."


It gets worse:
The investigation blamed in part the F.B.I.'s computer systems, long derided by Congressional critics as antiquated and unwieldy. The investigation found that limited storage capacities in the system meant that older audio recordings had sometimes been deleted automatically to make room for newer material, even if the recordings had not yet been translated.
Storage is cheaper and cheaper. But not at the FBI?

As Chuck Grassley says later in the article, the FBI is drowning in information right now. But they don't have the funds to hire more translators and put in more computer capacity? Sibel Edmonds was fired for talking about this. As the Kerry/Edwards campaign said, the only people to get fired in this administration are the ones who tell the truth.

posted by lazarus | 23:25 | |
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