Does New Wall Hinder Sharing of Information Between Intelligence Agencies?

By John W. Lillpop

In the aftermath of 9/11 , Congress discovered that a “wall” had been established by the Clinton Administration to restrict vital communications between agencies responsible for protecting the American people from terror attacks.

Remember Clinton official Jamie Gorelick and her infamous wall memo, which, in part, made 9/11 possible?

Most Americans probably assume that the Gorelick wall was torn down and that the issue is moot at this point.

However, as reported at the reference, those investigating the Boston bombings are finding that the Ghost of Jamie Gorelick appears to be alive and kicking:

Share and share alike was supposed to have been a lesson learned by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies from the 9/11 attacks almost 12 years ago.

A new hierarchy was created to draw together all the work done by more than a dozen government organizations including the FBI, CIA and others.

Now, the case of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has caused some members of Congress, almost all of them Republicans, to suggest continuing problems with what they refer to as stovepiping -- in essence, the failure of different agencies to share what they know.
"I think there's been some stovepipes reconstructed that were probably unintentional," GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia told reporters this week after a briefing by the FBI deputy director. "But we've got to review that again and make sure that there is the free flow of information."
Indeed, Congress has an urgent obligation to investigate and destroy any wall even vaguely reminiscent of the notorious Gorelick wall. The urgency is even more pressing given the nature of the Obama administration which is more concerned with the rights and feelings of terrorists than it is with the health and safety of the American people.