In sworn testimony that contrasts with their promises to the public, the FBI managers who crafted the post-Sept. 11 fight against terrorism say expertise about the Mideast or terrorism was not important in choosing the agents they promoted to top jobs. And they still do not believe such experience is necessary today even as terrorist acts occur across the globe. ...Simply amazing.
Asked about his grasp of Middle Eastern culture and history, [the FBI's current terror-fighting chief, Executive Assistant Director Gary] Bald responded: "I wish that I had it. It would be nice."
Sunday, June 19, 2005
FBI Managers Admit They Didn't Seek Out Terrorism Expertise After Sept. 11