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Lieberman, Collins: FBI and Pentagon could have stopped the Fort Hood shootings
When the news of the Fort Hood attack reached the San Diego JTTF, one FBI agent said to another investigator who had been involved in the Hasan case: "You know who that is? That's our boy!"
Under the leadership of Director Robert Mueller, the FBI has undergone significant changes since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in an effort to become America's lead intelligence-driven counterterrorism organization, one that can produce and use intelligence to prevent terrorism, rather than focus exclusively on law enforcement investigations after attacks occur.
The FBI has been trying to build the JTTFs - which bring together under one roof investigators and analysts from across the law enforcement, military and intelligence communities - into the principal units for information-sharing and coordination in domestic counterterrorism operations.
We endorse Mueller's goals for the FBI, but, as our report concludes, the transformation is far from complete.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, engaged in a global war with violent Islamist extremism, these lapses, communication failures and bureaucratic blockages at the FBI and the Defense Department are simply unacceptable. The results, as we saw at Fort Hood, can be fatal.
To honor the memory of those killed and wounded at Fort Hood, we pledge to make this report a blueprint for aggressive oversight by our Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and for further reforms by the executive branch of our government.
That way we will ensure that the next "ticking time bomb" can be spotted and defused before another deadly detonation occurs.
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut and Sen. Susan M. Collins of Maine are, respectively, the chairman and ranking Republican of the Senate homeland security and government affairs committee.