11/12/2004

Yahoo! News - CIA Critic of U.S. War on Terror Resigns

Yahoo! News - CIA Critic of U.S. War on Terror Resigns

CIA Critic of U.S. War on Terror Resigns

Thu Nov 11, 5:59 PM ET

Politics - Reuters

By Tabassum Zakaria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A CIA (news - web sites) analyst who wrote a book that criticized the U.S. war on terror has resigned from the spy agency after it effectively banned him from publicly discussing his views, his publicist said on Thursday.


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Michael Scheuer, whose book "Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror" was signed as "anonymous" and published this summer, will resign effective Friday after 22 years at the Central Intelligence Agency (news - web sites).

In a statement, Scheuer said the CIA had not forced him to resign, "but I have concluded that there has not been adequate national debate over the nature of the threat posed by Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) and the forces he leads and inspires, and the nature and dimensions of intelligence reform needed to address that threat."

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