December 27, 2012

Regarding the Dec. 22 Metro article “Contest for FBI widens in Md.”:

One of the questions we no longer ask in Washington about the implementation of a program or policy is, “And then what?”

So the scrum is on between Prince George’s, Montgomery and Fairfax counties for the chance to lure the FBI from the heart of our nation’s capital — the very nerve center of the republic — out to the ’burbs and out of the loop.

And then what?

Imagine a terrorist attack on par with or greater than that of Sept. 11, 2001 — death, chaos, devastation, roads clogged and closed, the subway overburdened or shut down, communications limited or cut. As essential personnel answer the call to duty amid the calamity, where are FBI employees? Stuck in traffic on Route 202 outside of Upper Marlboro? Struggling to get on the Metro at Silver Spring? Abandoning their cars on the clogged George Washington Parkway ramp at McLean to jog into the District?

I know that all those vying for a relocated FBI building are concerned more with regional competition than governmental competence, but should not The Post, at the very least, raise the notion of viability? We are, after all, not talking about enticing the latest Donald Trump golf course but potentially harming the nation by exiling the occupants of the Hoover Building to the boonies.

The FBI is not some warehouse of the National Archives or a museum of the Smithsonian. The FBI is an essential component of our national safety and security at home and abroad. This is not about the “flow of traffic” but the integrity of national governance.

Restore the Hoover Building or build anew, but the FBI must remain in Washington.

Davis J. Tomasin, Washington

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