We Need Herb Romerstein Now!

Specifically, we need his forthcoming book about the 1970s-early 80s Congressional destruction of our intelligence agencies through various legal restrictions. Here's Mark Steyn on the 9/11 Commission's politically correct games. I would like to be shocked, but unfortunately this proves only the enduring problem of bureaucracy. Absent a clearly-defined mission and the tools to accomplish it, institutions and people have to do something. So they shift their considerable energies and resources to infighting, jockeying for position and CMA activities. That's been the story of our intelligence agencies since the Carter era. Here's Herb's thesis in short, from a 2004 column. Basically it's --create whatever institutions you like; as long as our laws prohibit any practical intelligence work, they will be useless.