Thursday, March 5, 2020

FBI Dinged On Counterterrorism

I have to say, it seems a bit mean spirited on the part of OIG to criticize the FBI's performance in Counterterrorism cases. I mean, the OIG audit covers the period from October, 2012, to September, 2018. Think of how many important national elections that time period covered! A Bureau has to prioritize, and the FBI's Dem masters obviously prioritized election "meddling" over Counterterrorism. Whose fault was that?

(U) Objectives

(U) The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducted
an audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI)
efforts to identify homegrown violent extremists (HVE)
through counterterrorism assessments. Our objectives
were to review the FBI's HVE-related casework and
resource management and evaluate its policies and
processes to assess HVE threats from October 2012
through September 2018.

(U) Results in Brief

(U) HVEs are the highest priority for the FBI's
Counterterrorism Division (CTD) because the FBI
believes HVEs currently present the greatest terrorist
threat to the United States. Since September 11, 2001,
HVEs have carried out over 20 attacks in the
United States, some of which occurred after the FBI
closed a counterterrorism investigation or assessment
on the individual. Following these attacks, the FBI
conducted reviews and determined there were
weaknesses in its HVE assessment processes.

However, we found that the FBI has not taken sufficient
action to address these weaknesses. Additionally, in
2017, the FBI conducted an enterprise-wide review and
identified potential terrorist threats that may not have
been adequately assessed during calendar years (CY)
2014 through 2016, which amounted to 6 percent of
the total assessments reviewed. We found that the FBI
did not take adequate action on nearly 40 percent of
these assessments for 18 months. After we inquired
about the lack of action, the FBI reexamined these
assessments and, in some instances, the reexamination
resulted in the opening of an investigation. We further
found that the FBI has experienced a substantial influx
of reports of suspicious incidents, but has not developed
comprehensive strategies for addressing the challenges
associated with the potential cross-over between
terrorist threats and other categories of threats, for
example, those posed by individuals with mental health
issues and criminal threats to life. 


  1. This is a Deep State opening gambit for the FBI/ATF to crack down on "gun nuts" and "white supremacists". Expect a huge push, as in lots of news/prosecutions/legislation fodder, in the second amendment and red-flag arena. 'Russia' is not the chief threat to the Deep State.
    Remember that 'circular predication' is still a viable tactic for these people. A gov't report justifies a news story, which justifies an investigation, which justifies a news story, which justifies a gov't report, which cries out for legislation, and cycle again until end result is achieved.
    Tom S.

  2. Does homegrown include adherents of the religion of peace?

    1. Um, I think that's a codeword for deplorable white cisgendered males. Which explains some of the oversights.

  3. Mark - Thanks for the laugh!

    It could also be used as a code word for Antifa, the amount of looking the other way has been amazing.

  4. -->HVEs are the highest priority for the FBI's
    Counterterrorism Division (CTD) because the FBI
    believes HVEs currently present the greatest terrorist
    threat to the United States<--

    And because HVEs represent the highest threat, we (the OIG) won't dare to audit and evaluate the effectiveness of the actions taken by the FBI, so as not to interfere with the incompetence until there's a Republican administration we can hang the critical assessments on...

  5. "Homegrown" ... 75-80 percent of 'em by FBI and no risk to the public. Gotta keep up those "domestic" terror indicators to stay on the gravy train. Next stop is always Budgetville.