Interesting op-ed in the NY Times from a former FBI agent with intimate knowledge of the process and debunks the “torture works nonsense” that is well worth a read, but contained this nugget as well:
One of the worst consequences of the use of these harsh techniques was that it reintroduced the so-called Chinese wall between the C.I.A. and F.B.I., similar to the communications obstacles that prevented us from working together to stop the 9/11 attacks. Because the bureau would not employ these problematic techniques, our agents who knew the most about the terrorists could have no part in the investigation. An F.B.I. colleague of mine who knew more about Khalid Shaikh Mohammed than anyone in the government was not allowed to speak to him.
If I remember correctly, and I may not be, one of the things that used to just incense right-wingers was Jamie Gorelick and the ability of different agencies to communicate. It has been so long, I don’t even know if that was true and just more of the typical BS from these guys, but it would seem that they one-upped Gorelick.
I may be misremembering things, though, so if anyone can fill in the details, that would be great.