Vote of No Confidence in State-Run Security

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How is it that the NSA in 2003, with all its spying and surveillance, couldn’t get right that Iraq didn’t have WMD, but it could sweep up infinite amounts of communications? Incompetence, or fixing intelligence and facts to suit the previously-determined policy? Or both?

How is it that the NSA and other intelligence agencies, with all their capabilities, couldn’t assess clear tips and information that 9/11 was being planned? Incompetence, or ignoring intelligence that didn’t fit into bureaucratic structures and routines?

If the massive amounts of money, reorganizations, and intelligence sweeps that break the Fourth Amendment and came about to rectify these problems couldn’t prevent the Boston Marathon bombing, what confidence should anyone have in any state-run efforts that promise security?

8:07 am on July 5, 2013