Column: FBI pleads for more budgetary coddling




The FBI has been the darling of federal law enforcement for decades, at least in Congress. What the bureau wanted, the bureau got, while other agencies remained hard-pressed to meet the challenges of their assignments. The bureau’s persuasiveness among lawmakers was unchallenged, perhaps partly out of fear and partly a hangover from the “G-Man” image built long ago and bought into by half the kids in America.

Just about every time something went wrong — from incidents in Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in the early 1990s to the 1996 Olympic bombings in Atlanta — the FBI passed it off as the result of insufficient manpower or the fault of another agency. “We need more men and resources” became its mantra for every mistake — including the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America, where the bureau failed to heed warning signs.

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