On that FBI Report:
the Tamil Tigers: From Here in the US�
A woman fighter of the
Tamil Tigers takes a shooting
in Sri Lanka in July 2007 -
according to FBI Report, 10 January 2008
22 January 2008
On 10 January, 2008, the venerable Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the
USA has issued a report entitled �Taming
the Tamil Tigers: From Here in the US�.
To say the least, I was delighted that LTTE, at last, has received such a
meritorious badge from the FBI. As an institution established 100 years ago, I�d
say that FBI has functioned gallantly as the ultimate arbiter of American
bureaucratic morals. I repeat that the FBI has been the �ultimate arbiter of
American bureaucratic morals� � and not the arbiter of social, academic and
Since comedian Woody Allen, in his hilariously entertaining
(1971), made movie fans to believe that J Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) - the
founder director of FBI - was a fat, black woman (adeptly portrayed by Dorothi
Fox), I should note that I have been waiting for a long time for a belly laugh
at the expense of FBI. And FBI�s mandarins served this to me as a New Year gift.
I have been an LTTE watcher for 25 years and I�d say that only now the LTTE (and
its legendary leader V. Pirabhakaran) had measured up as �world class�
subversives and extremists.
10 January 2008 report of FBI on LTTE would have made more sense if the
FBI scribes had provided some context. The
website of the FBI has the tag line �Celebrating a Century 1908-2008.
In its 100 years of existence, the celebrated folks who have been named,
targeted and harassed by the FBI as �subversives� for their beliefs and deeds
surely make a Dream Team of 20th century�s ranking thinkers,
literati, scientists, social activists, artists and entertainers.
For a sample, I provide the following names who were identified by the FBI as
�subversives�: Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, Charlie Chaplin, Sinclair Lewis,
Carl Sandburg, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Miller, Jonas Salk, John
Steinbeck, Aldous Huxley, Paul Robeson, John O�Hara, Tennessee Williams and
Martin Luther King Jr. Now, what would you say? Isn�t LTTE and Pirabhakaran in
To honor the memory of humorist
Art Buchwald, who left us on Jan. 17, 2007, and
who had the guts to skewer the much-touted FBI�s morals repetitively, I
reproduce one of Buchwald�s gems on the FBI. This humor piece penned by Buchwald
originally appeared less than an year after the Sept. 11, 2001 events. Buchwald
guessed it correctly where the FBI�s mandarins had nosed themselves for access
to the tax payer funds.
is the FBI. An Agent will be with you shortly�
by Art Buchwald [courtesy: International Herald Tribune, June 7, 2002]
Even though J. Edgar Hoover is turning over in his grave, the FBI is
changing its ways. The priority now is terrorism, and crime may be on the
This is what could happen.
�Is this the FBI?�
�It�s not Pizza Hut.�
�I have a tip for you. I just saw John Dillinger, the notorious bank robber,
enter a movie with a redhead. He looked armed and dangerous.�
�We don�t do bank robbers anymore. Did you notice if he had any explosives
in his shoes?�
�He might have. I just wanted to alert you.�
�Look, mister. If we had to tie up our agents with bank-robbing cases, we�d
never find out where Osama bin Laden is hanging out. Call back in a couple
of weeks and if Dillinger is still with the redhead, let us know.�
�Is this the FBI?�
�All our lines are busy. Please wait for the next available agent. Your call
is very important to us and will be taped for our files.�
Twenty-five minutes later someone answers the phone.
�FBI. I can�t talk to you about drugs because we�ve reduced our drug
department to two undercover agents in Mexico.�
�This is Senator Boogle. One of my constituents was appointed to the Global
Warming Committee last year, and he still hasn�t been cleared by the FBI.�
�We don�t have time to clear people in the government. He will have to wait
his turn like everybody else.�
�How long will that be?�
�If he�s lucky, we should finish our paperwork by 2005.�
The phone rings again. �Mr. Hanssen, the traitor, is unable to come to the
phone. He is either in solitary or being squeezed dry by our agents.�
Next call. �Have you given any executives at Enron lie detector tests, since
they have certainly committed criminal acts?�
�The FBI has gone out of the white-collar crime business.�
�Suppose I told you some of their people are terrorists?�
�No kidding? We�ll get on their case right away.�
�Am I speaking to the Federal Bureau of Investigation?�
�I just saw Bonnie and Clyde.�
�They were taking flying lessons in Minneapolis.�
�Everybody takes flying lessons in Minneapolis.�
The changeover in the bureau is proceeding faster than anyone thought it
would. The phones are being manned all times.
One of the most interesting changes is that the FBI has taken the CIA off
its most wanted list.
One of the major ones is that the FBI is accepting calls from
This is something J. Edgar Hoover would never have agreed to.