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Friday, August 18, 2006
FBI FUBAR. The Washington Post takes an in-depth look at the
FBI's total technological failure, courtesy of throwing $170 million at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC). But the article comes up short on the decision-making process that was responsible for the selection of SAIC in the first place.

For the context behind the decision, you have to go to ThinkProgress:
The Players:
Adm. William Owens, former SAIC president and CEO, became an influential member of Sec. Rumsfeld’s Defense Policy Board

Christopher Henry, former senior vice president at SAIC, became a key aide to Douglas Feith, who was in charge of supervising contract work done by SAIC in Iraq.

Gen. Wayne Downing, SAIC board member, became the chief counterterrorism expert at the National Security Council. Also a lobbyist for disgraced Ahmad Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress, he was a vocal advocate for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Follow the Money:
In the last election cycle, SAIC’s PAC gave $45,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee alone.
In other words, routine Republican cronyist incompetence.

I find it difficult to believe Google couldn't have solved the FBI's information-retrieval problem in six months.

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