Not so, said the CATO Institute's Christopher Preble in commenting on the report. Quite simply, the bureau has wasted its time:
Preble said while he understands that zero terrorist plots uncovered is "not equal to zero threat of a future attack, it is incumbent on the FBI--and more generally those who think that the problem is too little, as opposed to much, being devoted to counterterrorism--to prove why they need still more resources."
- 5,500 leads over 5 years
- 5 percent deemed credible
But, and here’s the kicker,
- “A handful” technically would mean five or less, but charitably might total a few dozen. Still, that translates to far less than 1 percent of leads investigated resulting in a criminal prosecution.
- None – zero, zip, nada – foiled a specific terrorist plot.