Gorelick & Pickard

by Andrew C. McCarthy

Gorelick kept her questions tightly focused on summer
2001 and homed in on communications break-downs between FBI field
offices and FBI headquarters (as opposed to between FBI intel division
and FBI criminal division). Pickard was polite, and confined his
answers to the questions, resisting whatever urge he may have had to say
“Well, let’s talk about why we don’t communicate effectively . . .”
Again, the point is not that Gorelick’s questions shouldn’t be asked;
it’s that choosing to ask some questions and not others in the limited
time a commissioner gets reflects a value judgment about what’s
important. We shouldn’t be in a position of having to wondering
whether, in Gorelick’s case, its a dispassionate value judgment.

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