Tuesday, March 21, 2006

"You've Got Mail" ... But Amazingly, Some In The FBI Don't

Budget constraints are forcing some Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to operate without e-mail accounts, according to the agency's top official in New York.

"As ridiculous as this might sound, we have real money issues right now, and the government is reluctant to give all agents and analysts dot-gov accounts," Mark Mershon, director in charge of the agency's New York City office, told the New York Daily News. "We just don't have the money, and that is an endless stream of complaints that come from the field."

Amazingly, FBI spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan tried to spin that cost-cutting was not putting agents at a disadvantage.

Yeah, right. Should we assume FBI agents are just as effective using pay phones, or maybe tying messages to carrier pigeons?

Here's a straightforward question: how can the FBI be short on cash, while the Bush Administration tells us repeatedly it will do "everything we can" to fight terror?

7 Comments:

Anonymous MADem said...

Aww, gee, Agent Mike can get a freebie at Yahoo or Hotmail!!

10:32 PM  
Anonymous blondeatlast said...

Okay, I'm in civil service, and even the lowliest clerk in my workplace has a .gov e-mail.

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Nite Owl said...

We can send them all gmail invites. Just sayin'

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Pryderi said...

Agents with Hotmail accounts? Wouldn't that be a security violation?

10:34 PM  
Anonymous IanDB1 said...

No one could have anticipated the communications problems at the FBI
Nobody could have anticipated the breaching of the levees.
Nobody could have predicted terrorists would use planes as weapons.
Nobody could have predicted Hamaas would win the Palestinian elections.
Nobody could have predicted the insurgency in Iraq.

10:34 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Editor and Publisher recently ran a story (see their website) reminding us that half of the editorials of newspapers around the country were opposed to Bush's preemptive invasion into Iraq.
So much for the Bushie argument that "the entire world" believed Sadaam an imminent threat needing immediate corrective action.
Because those newspapers "rah rahing" the Bush Administration in a post 9-11 Mass Hysteria of fear we are were we are today.
I also read a recent piece stating Conyers and Feingold have taken action with impeachment and censure motions, respectively, despite knowledge they would be ridiculed, so that history will not look back at this period and say, "Why didn't anyone at all speak up to prevent these atrocities committed by the Bush Administration."
I agree history will prove Conyers and Feingold accurate, in the same way all that suppressed discussion very early on in the march to war in Iraq which refuted Sadaam WMD claims and foretold problems of Bush's preemptive invasion would cause have proven accurate today.
The Iraq fiasco proves the world has learned NOTHING from Vietnam.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

they have to have secured e-mail

But it's ridiculous that they don't have money for such things. Just pitiful.

11:52 AM  

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