U.S. News & World Report
June 18, 2001

It has been clear for some time. Although the FBI has long been hailed as the nation's premier law enforcement agency, the bureau in the last few years has suffered through a series of blunders suggesting that its actual effectiveness often does not meet the hype. The list of problems is quite long: Waco, the flawed follow-up investigation into what went wrong at Ruby Ridge, the documented short comings in the Crime Lab, the uncovering of Robert Hanssen's traitorous acts. And finally, the failure of the FBI to provide Timothy McVeigh several thousand pages of documents. Then came the decision of FBI director Louis Freeh to step down as director after service for eight turbulent years. The editors of U.S. News decided the time had come for a cover story on the FBI and Chitra Ragavan, the magazine's Justice Department reporter, was given the assignment. Supported with numerous interviews and comprehensive performance data from TRAC, Ragavan developed a well-documented portrait of a troubled agency.



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