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FBI counterterrorism Staff falls to 62% of capacity..

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  1. DarrylS

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    Last week was informed that if we were attacked it would be Pelosi's fault because she blocked the FISA amendments, well lets offer this one up for discussion.. this is pretty concerning, of course the head of the FBI denies this is happening.. another political hack defending something that is defenseless.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080522/NATION/5239201/1001

    More than one out of every three positions in an elite FBI division that tracks al Qaeda terrorists is vacant, according to an internal bureau document. Efforts are under way at the FBI to canvass for "volunteers" to fill what the agency said is a "critical" need in its counterterrorism efforts.

    A senior bureau official said yesterday that because of significant staffing shortages and a lack of experienced managers, the FBI cannot properly defend the United States against "another catastrophic and direct attack by Middle Eastern terrorists."

    Bassem Youssef, chief of the communications analysis unit of the FBI's counterterrorism division, said the bureau's International Terrorism Operations Sections (ITOS) — which include those that track al Qaeda terrorists — are "inexcusably understaffed."

    FBI Assistant Director John Miller rebutted the charge late yesterday, saying the bureau had made "great and steady strides to build a domestically focused national security organization" and shifted its priorities to make prevention of another terrorist attack its top concern.

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