The FBI's continuing computer woes
By Jeff Stein in The Post's Spy Talk blog:
About two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, an FBI agent assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center had an eye-opening computer experience.
With the click of his mouse on a desk top icon, he could see all the overnight classified CIA reports from Pakistan.
The system was called Hercules. When the agent came back to FBI headquarters, he sought out his bosses.
“Why don’t we have something like that?” he asked, exasperated. His managers assured him the FBI would soon have its own bigger and better system.
I first reported that back in 2006.
All these years and many hundreds of millions of dollars later, the FBI is still struggling -- to put it mildly -- to build its own investigative case management system, the Justice Department’s Inspector General reported today.
| March 31, 2010; 2:56 PM ET
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