Talking Points: Will Freeh Face the Music?

Is the FBI looking out for Americans, or has it developed into a secret agency that hides the truth. That's the subject of this evening's Talking Points memo.

FBI Director Louis Freeh resigned this week and, predictably the powers that be all said nice things about him. Those nice things may be well deserved, but I have a number of questions for Mr. Freeh that I'd like to put on the record with the hope that he might answer them.

First, an Alabama prosecutor says the FBI under Freeh and other directors kept important information secret in the case of two men suspected of bombing black churches. Now, after more than 30 years, one of those men has been convicted and the FBI admits it was not forthcoming with evidence. So, Mr. Freeh, why did this happen?

Two, how were the Chinese able to steal so much high-tech information from federal facilities, and was Wen Ho Lee the only person involved?

Three, did Attorney General Reno hinder the FBI's investigation into alleged campaign-finance abuses by the Clinton administration?

Four, is the FBI currently involved in the Marc Rich pardon investigation, and, if not, why not?

And, five, how did those FBI files illegally find their way into the Clinton White House?

Louis Freeh has an obligation to the American people to answer all of those questions, but he has not and shows no sign that he will any time soon. This is an outrage. We the people are entitled to know about important investigations that we are paying for.

None of my questions involve grand jury testimony, and none would compromise any active investigation. Mr. Freeh should be compelled to answer those questions.

But he will not be compelled. He'll wind up in a high-paying private job and be honored around the country. He will keep the secrets, and that's just what the powerful people in Washington want him to do. But it is flat-out wrong that the American people cannot get answers to fundamental and important questions.

Now I'd never give questions to the guests in advance, but I will make an exception for Louis Freeh. The American people have a right to know five very simple things. You can tell us, Mr. Director. Please do so.

And that's the memo.

Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

This Sunday marks the eighth month that The O'Reilly Factor book is on The New York Times bestseller list, eight months. Now, I know some of you think I'm a cocky guy, but I never, ever thought that would happen.

Of course, you made it happen. And I can't thank you enough. Once again, I'm signing my fingers off here. And the books you ordered for graduations, Mother's Day, and Father's Day are flying out of here so you'll have them on time. Thanks again for the book. It was unbelievable.

Now for the ridiculous part. Our pal Howard Rosenberg, the TV critic for the Los Angeles Times loathed The Factor book - he hated it. But I think old Howard kind of likes The Factor TV program. Here is his latest written opinion:

"CNN is clearly not the force it used to be. Fox's more-famous-by-the-day Bill O'Reilly in his snappy interview hour The O’Reilly Factor come into play here. He is an obnoxious, opinionated caped predator who leaves his coffin nightly to sink his fangs into a smorgasbord of guests. Yet he is not only a more fearless questioner, but infinitely more informed than the host of CNN's own main interview show Larry King Live. Guests facing O'Reilly get a real workout, not a sponging, and it will take a stake through the heart to stop him."

Well, Mr. Rosenberg is assuming I have a heart, which might be ridiculous, right, Dr. Hellsing?

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