Sunday, November 14, 2004

CIA plans purge CIA plans to purge its agency
"The agency is being purged on instructions from the White House," said a former senior CIA official who maintains close ties to both the agency and to the White House. "Goss was given instructions ... to get rid of those soft leakers and liberal Democrats. The CIA is looked on by the White House as a hotbed of liberals and people who have been obstructing the president's agenda."

How we got here: Administration draws curve, asks CIA to plot fictional points. CIA refuses. Administration creates own "intelligence" group, Doug Feith's Pentagon-based Office of Special Plans, which delivers requested WMD justification for invasion of Iraq. Administration invades; cooked intelligence debunked; Administration blames CIA. CIA realizes it has been made Bush's patsy. CIA strikes back by trying to get a modicum of truth to public.

Where we are: the CIA as potential independent source of facts is no more. (It may never have been, but back in the Bay of Pigs/Allende/Shah days, agency and bosses were all reading from the same misguided page.) Porter Goss will preside over the conversion of the CIA into another branch of the Ministry of Propoganda.

Our best hope is that somebody pays attention to the coming flood of tell-all books from the putsch victims. Team Bush will try to do to each of them what it tried to do to Richard Clarke, but maybe there will be more leaks than they have fingers.


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