Thursday, February 7, 2008


The other 'project' I'd signed onto was to investigate "Gorelick's Wall". If I'm understanding correctly, the memorandum that's been given that name had the purpose of raising a standard for information sharing within the FBI--not between the FBI and the CIA. The FBI has an intelligence-gathering branch, as well as its criminal investigatory branch. To successfully prosecute a criminal case, the procedures have to be carefully followed. Any appearance that evidence in a criminal case had been influenced by information from the intelligence-gathering branch could result in a case's dismissal. Thus the raising of the standard to prevent the appearance of misconduct.

I was listening to an interview with Phillip Shenon, a reporter who covered the 9-11 Commission investigating the terror attacks. After the Commission concluded he continued to follow them and did further research that resulted in a book: "The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation. He said that John Ashcroft, then attorney general of the United States was expecting to be questioned rather harshly by the commission and so declassified Gorelick's memo. His purpose was to claim that her policy had so hampered communication between the law enforcement agencies they could not function effectively--to deflect any question of inaction or indifference on his part. He also cast doubt on Gorelick's membership on the commission, whether or not she had a conflict of interest.

The entire bipartison Commission, according to Shenon unanimously stood behind Gorelick.

I feel fairly satisfied that the issue of Gorelick's Wall is smoke and mirrors.

1 comment:

Lori said...

I wonder what percent of the energy of Important People goes to CYA activities?

Also, I've tagged you at, should you care to be a tagee.