Killing Terrorists and Bureaucratic Politics
Thom Shanker and Scott Shane report that, “The military is placing small teams of Special Operations troops in a growing number of American embassies to gather intelligence on terrorists in unstable parts of the world and to prepare for potential missions to disrupt, capture or kill them.”
That sounds like a good thing, right? After all, what could be better than disrupted, captured, or killed terrorists? Apparently, “it has drawn opposition from traditional intelligence agencies like the C.I.A., where some officials have viewed it as a provocative expansion into what has been their turf.”
Four and a half years after 9/11 and we’re still hearing about turf battles over who gets to protect us from terrorists? Isn’t it about time to shut down the CIA and FBI and start from scratch?