Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

There comes a time in everyone's life (and that of a family) when one must take stock of what's important and what needs to be shed. Now is that time for the FBI and, frankly, for much of the federal government as our new leaders review operations.

These reviews require honest confrontation and critiques that ought not be accusatory in nature but critical in the best sense. For example, under the leadership of Louis Freeh the FBI has experienced success and failure. The result is a national uneasiness about the bureau. There are concerns in Congress and in the agency itself that reforms desperately are needed in view of the FBI lab mess, Ruby Ridge, Waco, the failure of the campaign-finance task force and the Robert P. Hanssen espionage case (see the cover story). After all, Freeh decided to skip polygraph tests that, while controversial, nevertheless are employed by virtually all other intelligence and security services. Who knows? Maybe Hanssen's alleged treachery would have been spotted much earlier. …

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