Tilting at Windmills

July/August 2012 The clowns in black

By Charles Peters

Be sure to read Tim Weiner’s Enemies. It is a history of the FBI’s many failures and occasional successes. The former include Ruby Ridge; Waco; the escape of the traitor Eddy Howard, who was able to flee to Moscow with the names of CIA agents because the FBI was parked in front of his house while he departed from the back; the failure to sniff out traitor Robert Hanson who, for twenty-two years, while working for the FBI, slipped name after name of American agents to the Russians, often leading to their execution; and the similar failure with regard to Katrina Leung, a Chinese spy who managed to bed two FBI agents while collecting $1.7 million from the FBI because she was supposed to be spying on the Chinese, not for them.

But in contrast to Mark Sullivan, the head of the Secret Service, who appears to be clueless, Robert Mueller, the latest head of the FBI, strikes Weiner as the best so far because he is instituting needed reform.

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly and the author of a new book on Lyndon B. Johnson published by Times Books.