November 10, 2013

Twelve years after the intelligence debacle of Sept. 11, 2001, the highly touted rhetoric of “never again, and billions of dollars in taxpayer commitment, the American public is advised that “The scientific research efforts of the U.S. intelligence community are poorly coordinated” [“Spy agencies hampered by poor collaboration,” news article, Nov. 6]. The same national commission responsible for this report adds a central conclusion that “U.S. spy agencies pursue often-competing research agendas, with no overarching strategy.”

All along we have been assured of the centralized effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security, whose primary (and heavily funded) mission is to corral all these various agencies and provide a coordinated, pinpointed focus of their energies for the public good. It seems now — these untold billions, or is it trillions, later — that all this was really only a story.

Rocky Semmes, Alexandria