The Justice Department’s inspector general this month reprimanded the FBI for the manner in which it recruits and supervises its “confidential human sources.” To the layman, this seems about technicalities. In fact, it shows that one of the CIA’s deadliest dysfunctions now infects the FBI as well.
This disease consists of choosing and rejecting sources for the purpose of indulging the agencies’ and their leaders’ private agendas rather than to further intelligence work on the public’s behalf.
Necessarily, the language of the inspector general’s November 19 report is vague: “Ineffective management and oversight of confidential sources.” This means the FBI has failed to use “adequate controls” in its validation of human sources, which has resulted in “jeopardizing FBI operations, and placing FBI agents, sources, subjects of investigation, and the public in harm’s way.”
The wonderful Angelo Codevilla is at it again, aiming his sights this time on just how far the FBI has fallen, & how it did so. (Hint: A Jimmy Carter pick got the ball rolling.)https://t.co/VuC48HOnnL pic.twitter.com/b79WMA1vJQ— Brad Crawford (@provoter) November 29, 2019