Tuesday, June 14, 2016

We need an American version of the British MI5

via Free Beacon.
“Fifty Americans are dead, the FBI had the killer in their sights and let him go, and the FBI director is okay with this,” he said. “Not knowing something that is a requirement of your profession—like an FBI director not understanding that Sharia is the key to understanding the entire global war—is unprofessional.”

Comey said Mateen declared he was conducting the attack on behalf of the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, and pledged his loyalty to the group during his 911 calls from the club.

Mateen also stated the nightclub murders were carried out in support of the two Islamists who carried out the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon that killed three people. He also was supporting a Florida terrorist who died carrying out a suicide bombing for the Syrian al Qaeda group Al Nusra Front.

Comey said the FBI was confused about Mateen’s motive because of his support for multiple groups, including the Iranian-backed Shiite terror group Hezbollah, the Sunni terror group al Qaeda, and its rival Sunni offshoot, the Islamic State.

“This is one of the more frightening comments, but it is a falsehood American intelligence officials have been regurgitating since 9/11,” Guandolo said.

“The lie in the government goes like this: ‘Sunni and Shia hate each other and don’t work together,’” he said. “That is wrong on so many practical levels.”

Radical Shiite Iran has supplied weapons and material to Sunni al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, also Sunni, in Iraq, he said.

“Mostly, these comments demonstrate the FBI director is fundamentally ignorant of basic facts about our enemy,” Guandolo said.

Sebastian Gorka, a counterterrorism specialist, also faulted the administration’s adoption of politically correct policies for the failures to prevent the Orlando massacre.

“Political correctness is endangering the lives of Americans,” said Gorka, the Gen. Horner distinguished chair of military theory at Marine Corps University.

“I have spoken to many law enforcement officers who are angry and not just frustrated that a political matrix and narrative is being forced upon them, and they are not allowed to speak accurately and truthfully about what the threat is and who the enemy is,” Gorka added.
Read the entire article and while I'm sure political correctness DID play a role, I'm not sure that's the entire story.

I think we're facing something a bit simpler, yet more complex.  The FBI is at its heart a law enforcement agency.  It dabbles in intelligence but counter espionage is a totally different beast from counter terrorism.

The answer I believe is not the abomination that is the Department of Homeland Security.  That was bureaucratic deck chair shuffling.  The real answer is an American MI5.  via Wikipedia.
The Security Service, also MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5),[2] is the United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency and is part of its intelligence machinery alongside the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) andDefence Intelligence (DI). MI5 is directed by the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), and the service is bound by the Security Service Act 1989 and the Intelligence Services Act 1994. The service is directed to protect British parliamentary democracy and economic interests, and counterterrorism and espionage within the UK.
How would we build one from scratch?  I'm not sure.  What I do know is that you can't go cheap on security, you have to protect civil liberties, you can't put people on lists "willy nilly" and you must professionalize the field from top to bottom.  That means that even mall security cops need to get their ass in gear and train to a standard far above what they're now doing.

Want to prevent another Orlando terror incident?  Then get serious about protecting the nation and stop hitting on idiotic ideas that do nothing but provide "feel good" and not actual solutions.

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