10/15/2005

The Raw Story | Bush shapes CIA in his own image

Goss has made a clear statement of his intention to treat the CIA as a partisan organization. In an internal memo leaked to the press, he baldly announced that “I also intend to clarify beyond doubt the rules of the road. We support the administration and its policies in our work. As agency employees we do not identify with, support or champion opposition to the administration or its policies."

Bush shapes CIA in his own image

Before Pray-sident Bush was re-elected.. he selected Porter Goss, a former Republican Congressman from Florida, to head the CIA..
Predictably for a Bush-ite, Goss has “united not divided” the CIA by taking actions that provoked a war of words, fought in the national media, between factions within the spy agency.

The opening salvoes were from current and former CIA agents chafing under Goss’s immediate steps to fashion the agency into another partisan Republican weapon for use against any liberal citizens or politicians who show any sign of Un-American disagreement with the Thief-in-Chief.

In what the future will undoubtedly know as the “Rove Response,” the administration again unleashed the dogs of slime to immediately label those calling for reform as incompetent, cowardly traitors.

While the immediate genesis of the latest exchanges is the conduct of Goss, the underlying tension goes back to the first days of the Bush administration, when it became clear that the administration regarded the CIA as a political organization, there to manipulate its findings for the purpose of justifying Bush’s already-formulated foreign policy agenda.

the Bush administration has consistently made the intelligence community a political football, and proved its unwillingness to conduct serious reform. It would rather treat what is arguably the most important defense against further terrorism like one more cadre in a reactionary army.

Take Goss’s attitude towards the expertise of past CIA staffers. In the last month, four separate ex-deputy directors of operations have contacted Goss to offer what counsel they can regarding the reorganization and agency assessment that he will be undertaking.

The four have considerable experience in what could go wrong. After the Watergate and Iran-contra scandals, there were reform efforts that caused considerable tension within the organization and, obviously, did not solve the agency’s problems in a meaningful way.

Despite the clear attempt of these four men—men removed from the Agency with no personal agenda, and who served under both Democratic and Republican presidents - Goss refused to meet with any of them.

More troubling, Goss has made a clear statement of his intention to treat the CIA as a partisan organization. In an internal memo leaked to the press, he baldly announced that “I also intend to clarify beyond doubt the rules of the road. We support the administration and its policies in our work. As agency employees we do not identify with, support or champion opposition to the administration or its policies."

Forgive my naiveté, but I always thought that the CIA was meant to conduct intelligence operations to protect the United States, not support a particular administration.

Goss’ “Our Pray-sident—Right or Wrong, Especially When Wrong” memo breaks new ground in Republican hypocrisy, considering the buffeting the CIA has received from Bush’s cronies over the last four years. It only intensified as it became undeniable that There Were No WMD’s In Iraq. (Say it again!)

First Bush demanded that the CIA spew out his party line that Iraq was on the verge of sparking mushroom clouds over America. Then Karl Rove’s militias started slandering the CIA in the press for disloyalty, i.e. not providing the appropriate propaganda—excuse me, I mean impartial facts and analysis—for Colin Powell to bring to the UN.

Yet as Americans began to notice a lack of headlines trumpeting weapons of mass destruction uncovered by our troops, “anonymous sources” started dropping little tidbits into Rupert Murdoch-owned papers. They discussed how terribly worrying it was that the CIA gave Bush bad information, and how that was why we hadn’t found anything yet. (Bush somehow restrained himself from making that particular dig in his video shown in March at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner.)

More recently, after reports were published on “progress” in Iraq that wasn’t filtered through rose-colored glasses, grumbles of disloyalty began to echo from the White House. So which spin is true: Is the CIA disloyal to Bush, or are they responsible for all of Bush’s lies—I mean, well-intentioned misstatements—about what we would find in Iraq?

Or, perhaps, is the CIA just the latest whipping boy of a regime grimly determined to carry out their own far-right priorities, no matter what the facts are?

Goss himself has demonstrated impressive hypocrisy in his own remarks about the CIA. Despite whining about leaks unfavorable to the Republican party line, Goss was utterly dismissive of the ongoing investigation into who leaked the name of Valerie Plame, an undercover CIA agent who had the temerity to be married to former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

The Raw Story | Bush shapes CIA in his own image

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