Government failure?

New York Times har tirsdag denne interessante top-historie:

"More than a year before the Sept. 11 attacks, a small, highly classified military intelligence unit identified Mohammed Atta and three other future hijackers as likely members of a cell of Al Qaeda operating in the United States, according to a former defense intelligence official and a Republican member of Congress.

In the summer of 2000, the military team, known as Able Danger, prepared a chart that included visa photographs of the four men and recommended to the military's Special Operations Command that the information be shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the congressman, Representative Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania, and the former intelligence official said Monday. The recommendation was rejected and the information was not shared, they said, apparently at least in part because Mr. Atta, and the others were in the United States on valid entry visas. Under American law, United States citizens and green-card holders may not be singled out in intelligence-collection operations by the military or intelligence agencies. …

"We knew these were bad guys, and we wanted to do something about them," the former intelligence official said."

Jeg tror, at grundbøgerne i public choice teori skal opdateres med et nyt eksempel på "government failure".

2 thoughts on “Government failure?

  1. Anonymous

    Jeg glæder mig til at se USA udlicitere deres efterretningsvæsen.Måske outsource det til Indien? En rigtig vindersag… ;-)/Limagolf

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  2. Limagolf

    Nej, i modsætning til rigtig “government failure” virker dette eksempel lidt søgt, da der ikke næppe kan forventes effektiviseringer ved udlicitering på markedsbasis.Jeg ville nødig skrive kontrakten i hvert fald!:-O/Limagolf

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