Panel Faults FBI in Okla. Bombing Follow-Up; Pentagon Faulted in Audits
Two interesting stories in The Washington Post today:
1) "The FBI failed to fully investigate information suggesting other suspects may have helped Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, allowing questions to linger more than a decade after the deadly attack, a congressional inquiry concludes."
The article states that "foreign or domestic" citizens may have assisted McVeigh, something many people have known for years. The government's response sounds like what has come to be the classic limited hangout: we didn't enough money to investigate properly.
"We did our best with limited resources, and I think we moved the understanding of this issue forward a couple of notches, even though important questions remain unanswered," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), the subcommittee chairman, said in an interview.
The appalling admission here? That they shouldn't have killed McVeigh so quickly.
"The subcommittee concludes that the Justice Department should not have rushed to execute McVeigh after he dropped his court appeals, and that officials should have made more efforts to interview and question him about evidence suggesting he might have had help beyond Nichols's."
2) "The Defense Department paid two procurement operations at the Department of the Interior to arrange for Pentagon purchases totaling .7 billion that resulted in excessive fees and tens of millions of dollars in waste, documents show."
How about the $2.3 trillion Rumsfeld said was missing on September 10, 2001?
"One contract worth $100 million, to lease office space for a top-secret intelligence unit in Northern Virginia, was awarded without competition. Defense auditors said that deal cost taxpayers millions more than necessary, and they have referred the matter for possible criminal investigation."
Once again, this stinks of limited hangout. They chastise the Pentagon for a $100 million contract, but nobody blinks over $2.3 trillion.