Former FBI Counterterrorism Expert Warns if National Security Given to CIA, U.S. Will Have Crossed Line of No Return
expert warns that law of the land is being abandoned for secrecy in war
against terrorists. If this continues, it will be a victory for the
Palisades, NY (PRWEB)
September 14, 2007 -- Counterterrorism expert warns that law of the
land is being abandoned for secrecy in war against terrorists. If this
continues, it will be a victory for the terrorists.
"The way the government is set up today to fight terrorism indicates
that we as a nation have learned nothing," said former FBI
Counterterrorism expert Terry Turchie in an address at John Jay College
of Criminal Justice in New York City, Monday evening, Sept. 10th.
"Terrorism is intimidation and coercion designed to strike fear in
people in order to change the political, economic or social fabric of
the country. The terrorists are very clear and they know what they are
doing. Unlike the terrorists, our focus on terrorism is driven by
politicians and emotion and what comes in the morning mail."
Turchie, now retired from the FBI, was the former FBI Counterterrorism
Unit Director who, along with FBI Director Louis Freeh, pursued Osama
Bin Laden into Pakistan before 9/11, was also responsible for the
pursuit and capture of Ted Kaczynski the notorious Unabomber and the
multi-force pursuit and containment of Eric Robert Rudolph that
resulted in his capture by a local police officer.
"The best long term strategy to fight terrorism is adhering to the
law of the land," Turchie stressed in his address, ".If we go to
secrecy and torture, that is the response the terrorists seek.
Ironically, the most outspoken opponents of terrorism are giving in to
the terrorists by resorting to secrecy."
Then turning from the present to the future, Terchie said, "When the
next act of terror occurs, the politicians will blame the FBI or each
other. As a response they will remove from the FBI its national
security function and will rest it in the hands of the CIA and then we
will have crossed the line of no return. We will be replacing
credibility and transparency with secrecy and torture and we will turn
our back on the law of the land and the terrorists will have won." Then
pausing, he added." This must not happen"
Terry Turchie is now an author. He co-authored "Hunting The American Terrorist "(History Publishing Company) with retired FBI Special Agent and clinical psychologist, Dr. Kathleen Puckett, one of the founders of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Program. Their forthcoming book "Homeland Insecurity" (History Publishing Company) focuses on the seventeen Washington politicians who have sacrificed national security for political advantage.
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