May 10 2006
What is funny to see is the results of all the calls from Democrats and their liberal media buddies to follow the 9-11 commission recommendations and integrate our intelligence assets. I guess they thought that the integration would center around the failed CIA (which has a lot of good and heroic people in it, don’t get me wrong).
The spoils go to the victors. Able Danger demonstrated what new technology can do and it came out of the DoD. The CIA showed what the could do (or not do) with 9-11, the AQ Kahn nuclear secrets, India-Pakistan nukes, North Koreas nukes after signing a false deal with Clinton, etc, etc, etc. After all those failures, and in the light of serious successes by the military (who do you think owns those predators being used to track down Al Qaeda?) the die is cast. The CIA is going to be much different, and not astride the Intelligence Community. So I am not surprised and see positive potential when I read the hangwringing of the press:
THE resignation of Porter Goss after 18 months of trying to run the Central Intelligence Agency and the nomination of Gen. Michael Hayden to take his place make unmistakable something that actually occurred a year ago: the C.I.A., as it existed for 50 years, is gone.
Once the premier American intelligence organization, the agency has now been demoted to a combination action arm and support service for the rapidly growing Office of the Director of National Intelligence, headed by John Negroponte.
The C.I.A. used to coordinate, write and sign all “finished national intelligence” â€” no longer. The C.I.A.’s director used to lead the meetings of the heads of the numerous organizations that make up the “intelligence community” â€” no longer. The C.I.A. used to have final say on many aspects of intelligence “tasking” â€” no longer. Last to go was the role that made the agency pre-eminent, responsibility for briefing the president. Now that job belongs to Mr. Negroponte, with his $1 billion budget and staff of 1,500.
What really has the press upset is the CIA was their premier source for leaks. BTW, you will notice one thing not listed in the CIA’s demise, it’s sudden inability to keep the nation’s secrets safe. That too detroyed its chances. Watch how the NY Times tries to blame Bush for the CIA’s mistakes:
What finally humbled and gutted the C.I.A. after decades of Washington bureaucratic infighting was a loss of support where it counted most: the refusal of the Bush White House to accept responsibility for the two great “intelligence failures” that prompted Congress to reorganize our services.
The first failure laid at the feet of the agency was the inability to prevent the surprise attacks of 9/11. In fact, the C.I.A. (and others) warned the White House often during the first eight months of 2001 that an attack was coming and where it was coming from, but the Bush administration did nothing.
Yeah, but they did not say what form the attack would take. And that last bit of information is key. Bush’s team sent out warnings through the FAA. And of course, the 9-11 commission had a lot to say about the Gorelick Wall. In fact, it is the FISA rules and the Gorelick Wall that stopped the NSA or anyone from being able to warning law enforcement about strange activities in country because they were not deemed ‘pure sources’. But there’s more:
The second failure was the claim â€” “with high confidence” â€” in a National Intelligence Estimate sent by the C.I.A. to Congress in October 2002 that Iraq was making vigorous progress on programs for weapons of mass destruction.
Here they mean CIA Director George Tenet’s ‘Slam Dunk’.Â Of course none of this is the fault of the CIA!Â What a crock.Â The press corpse is losing their leakers and that is all this is about – their wallets.Â They never cared on bit about our nation’s security or they would never had traded our secrets in for Pulitzers and Nobels.