FBI gearing up for lawfare attacks on terrorism

LA Times:

The FBI and Justice Department plan to significantly expand their role in global counter-terrorism operations, part of a U.S. policy shift that will replace a CIA-dominated system of clandestine detentions and interrogations with one built around transparent investigations and prosecutions.

Under the "global justice" initiative, which has been in the works for several months, FBI agents will have a central role in overseas counter-terrorism cases. They will expand their questioning of suspects and evidence-gathering to try to ensure that criminal prosecutions are an option, officials familiar with the effort said.

Though the initiative is a work in progress, some senior counter-terrorism officials and administration policy-makers envision it as key to the national security strategy President Obama laid out last week -- one that presumes most accused terrorists have the right to contest the charges against them in a "legitimate" setting.

What this policy really means is that the US will be going over to the strategic defensive in the war against the terrorist. It is reactionary rather than preemptive. It allows the terrorist to attack and then we try to prosecute them and given them evidence of our sources and methods of gather intelligence on them. It is a return to the failed polices of the Clinton administration and it endangers the American public. Lawfare is a proven failure.


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