The Daily Oklahoman
May 18, 2001

Until September 11, Oklahoma City was the site of the worst terrorist act in modern American history. So the disclosure that the FBI some how failed to pass along documents that should have gone to Timothy McVeigh's lawyers before his trial, had a special meaning to the editors of the Daily Oklahoman. While expressing their faith in the personal integrity of FBI Director Louis Freeh, the editors argued that the bureau's appearance of bungling had invigorated FBI critics on and off Capitol Hill. What to do? The editorial cited TRAC data suggesting that one long-term problem may be the bureau's failure to concentrate on the matters where it bears a primary responsibility. "Such an idea," the editors wrote, "is a worthy one as the Bush administration considers a replacement for Freeh--and possible reform of this one proud agency". The observation by the editors seems even more valid after the horror of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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Copyright 2001
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