Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Monday, September 19, 2005

You Don’t Squeak at Your Representatives Enough

The arrest of members of Jam'iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (JIS) points out a serious problem in law enforcement and highlights governments’ reactive response to terrorism. Read about the JIS from Daniel Pipes, Frank Gaffney, Hugh Hewitt, and Simi Valley Sophist.

The armed robbery arrests in the JIS case were a result of good reactive police work. When it was subsequently discovered that there were links to terrorism, the FBI reactively responded with a massive interrogation effort in the prison system. That was good. The problem is that everything done was reactive. Where was the predictive element pointing out the developing terrorism threat?

Law enforcement agencies from the feds to the locals must develop their infantile domestic intelligence network (DIN) into a robust, cooperative venture. Read here about the FBI’s current inability to field an optimal DIN.

There are a number of reasons why the nation’s law enforcement agencies do not have an optimal DIN. The chief reason is that the DIN lacks a high enough priority in the scheme of things. Ultimately everything comes down to differing philosophical persuasions and competing budget requests. And, it is political will that determines which philosophy will prevail and which budget request gets filled.

If we had a dictatorial system of government, things could be so much simpler. If the power figure says we need it, it is done. In a representative system we must depend upon our representative to get things done. This is best described as the squeaky wheel system. As the squeak becomes a roar, political will develops and things get done.

The cost of not developing the DIN quickly enough is measured in lost American lives. It has already begun. Start squeaking more at all of your representatives from the local to the federal. SPEAK UP, I CAN’T HEAR YOU!

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