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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Well now, won't this article make us sleep more securely?

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U.S. Lacks Plan to Curb Terror Funds, Agency Says

The government's efforts to help foreign nations cut off the supply of money to terrorists, a critical goal for the Bush administration, have been stymied by infighting among American agencies, leadership problems and insufficient financing, a new Congressional report says.

More than four years after the Sept. 11 attacks, "the U.S. government lacks an integrated strategy" to train foreign countries and provide them with technical assistance to shore up their financial and law enforcement systems against terrorist financing, according to the report prepared by the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress.

What is it about this Administration and never getting anything right the first time?

Oh well, if it wasn't for one teensy little trifling detail, then I'd have no problem buying the next argument at face value

"No interagency process is without flaws," the State Department said in its official response. But it said "there is much evidence" that the working group set up by the administration to combat terrorist financing "is one of the most successful examples of interagency cooperation."

That little problem is this

But officials at the State and Treasury Departments cannot even agree on who is supposed to be in charge of the effort to shore up defenses in vulnerable countries, the accountability office report concluded.

In at least one case, the State Department refused to allow a Treasury official to enter an unidentified foreign country last year to help with strategies to fight terrorist financing because of turf battles, investigators found. Because the country had recently been upgraded to a priority, State Department officials wanted to do their own assessment first before allowing the Treasury Department to conduct its work, causing a delay of several months.

Investigators found clear tensions between officials at State, Treasury, Justice and other departments.

One unidentified Treasury official quoted anonymously in the report said that the intergovernmental process for deterring terrorist financing abroad is "broken" and that the State Department "creates obstacles rather than coordinates effort." A State Department official countered that the real problem lies in the Treasury Department's reluctance to accept the State Department's leadership in the process.

In another problem area, private contractors used by the Treasury Department and other agencies have been allowed to draft proposed laws in foreign countries for curbing terrorist financing, even though Justice Department officials voiced strong concerns that contractors should not be allowed to play such an active role in the legislative process.

Nice isn't it, that all the interagency warfare between Depts & Groups has been put to the side so quickly & efficiently, isn't it?

And leave it to that well know liberal Sen Charles Grassley to cast aspersions on all the fine interagency cooperation going on in W's Happy Little World now

Senator Charles E. Grassley, the Iowa Republican who leads the Senate Finance Committee and was one of the lawmakers who requested the study, said he was disappointed to learn that in an area as critical as countering terrorist financing, "they haven't gotten very far yet."

In an interview, Mr. Grassley said: "It's as simple as learning to stop the infighting and turf protection and get on with the job. What's happening is just inexplicable in light of the war on terrorism."

Fucking Saddam-loving Hippy!!!

2 Comments:

  • I almost wish I hadn't read this. It's just more of the same old thing. There is incompetence from top to bottom in this administration. I wish I could say I was surprised.

    By Anonymous Susan, at 8:32 PM  

  • Easy with the "hippy" shit, Krankster. hee hee

    By Blogger Elvira Mistress of the Blog, at 3:16 PM  

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