Tuesday, September 28, 2010

FBI fails simple test on Fourth Amendment rights

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Just how incompetent are the feds? A Justice Department investigation has found that FBI agents and supervisors cheated “significant[ly]” on an exam. An open-book exam, where they were just short of having all the answers spoon-fed to them. Bonus: An exam on the Fourth Amendment. This certainly seems to explain things.

WASHINGTON – A Justice Department investigation has found that FBI agents, including several supervisors, cheated on an important test covering the bureau's policies for conducting surveillance on Americans.

Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine said Monday that his limited review of allegations that agents improperly took the open-book test together or had access to an answer sheet has turned up "significant abuses and cheating."

Fine called on the bureau to discipline the agents, throw out the results and come up with a new test to see if FBI agents understand new rules allowing them to conduct surveillance and open files on Americans without evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

This is beyond absurd and is well into the realms of the outright laughable – or so it would be, if it weren’t for the terrifying fact that these fools are in charge of enforcing the laws they’re so overtly clueless about. One has to wonder if this sort of generalized idiocy is symptomatic of a decline in quality of training and instruction, or if it’s rather indicative of lowered disciplinary standards. Either way bodes rather badly for the general population, who are forced to obey the whims of people who have demonstrated they don’t have the slightest idea what they’re doing.

Though, at least they aren’t nincompoops in charge of steering nuclear submarines. What is this, an epidemic of incompetence?

(via The Agitator)