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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Jack Kelly reviews Triple Cross

Our bumbling FBI

Investigative reporter Peter Lance has just completed his third book describing FBI blunders (or worse) in the war on terror....

Mr. Lance's third book, Triple Cross, focuses mainly on how Ali Mohamed, one of Osama bin Laden's closest aides, bamboozled the FBI into thinking he was helping the bureau even as he was plotting multiple acts of mass terror....

Minutes after TWA 800's destruction, Yousef made a brief telephone call in his native language of Baluch, according to Mr. Lance and Jack Cashill, who wrote a book about TWA 800. It was translated by the National Security Agency: "What had to be done has been done. TWA 800 (last two words unintelligible)."

If what Mr. Lance says is true - if only a small fraction of what Mr. Lance says is true - the best that can be said of the FBI is that it has been grossly negligent.

A recent story in the New York Sun also does not inspire confidence in the bureau. According to an FBI court filing, the files in 22 of 94 investigations into leaks of classified information are missing.

"Knowing what I know, I can confidently say that until the investigative responsibilities for terrorism are removed from the FBI, I won't feel safe," said former FBI agent Robert Wright in June, 2001. Reading Mr. Lance's book won't make him feel any safer.