Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Goss-stepping in Langley

From the NYT:

Porter J. Goss, the new intelligence chief, has told Central Intelligence Agency employees that their job is to "support the administration and its policies in our work,'' a copy of an internal memorandum shows.

"As agency employees we do not identify with, support or champion opposition to the administration or its policies," Mr. Goss said in the memorandum, which was circulated late on Monday. He said in the document that he was seeking "to clarify beyond doubt the rules of the road."

Facinating. Especially in light of the Agency's public mission statement:

We are the eyes and ears of the nation and at times its hidden hand. We accomplish this mission by:

--Collecting intelligence that matters.

--Providing relevant, timely, and objective all-source analysis.

--Conducting covert action at the direction of the President to preempt threats or achieve United States policy objectives.

Somehow I missed the part in there about being Bush's apparatchiks.


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