Aug 24 2006
In this interesting American Thinker article Rick Moran (home site here) notes that there is a lack of mutual respect and trust between the policy makers and the administration and the CIA – which has had its wings rightfully clipped for their failures in intel and failure to accept our democratic process. Rick tends to spread the blame around a bit, but I see it differently.
The CIA failed to see the coming storm of 9-11. They failed to raise the alarm on Bin Laden and push for his capture, especially after the Embassy bombings in 1998. The CIA missed the threat from Atta and his band of terrorists in Hamburg, even though they were monitoring them with the German intelligence agency. The CIA “lost the trail” of the 9-1 highjackers as they made their way here to the US, even though the NSA was probably sending them intel that we had been invaded by cells ssociated with Bin Laden (which is all the NSA could do pre 9-11, since the FBI and FISA were off limits). The CIA dissed the Able Danger effort which simply supported their general concerns with hard connection collected at warp speed through data mining of public, commercial data.
The CIA missed all of this and they missed Pakistan’s nukes, North Korea’s nukes, Libya’s nukes etc. The Bush administration forced the issue by demanding the elimination of AQ Kahn’s nuclear technology black market ring. The CIA, under Clinton, GAVE Iran the keys to nuclear weapons by sending them designs on nuclear triggers in a disasterous campaign to trick Iran! We only ended up tricking ourselves into arming the most virulent Islamo Fascist state out there. There are indications the CIA assisted Al Qaeda during the Clinton years instead of trying to take them down.
But the worst was still to come. In the run up to Iraq the CIA held onto forged documents that supposedly illustrated purchase of uranium yellow cake by Iraq from Niger. They held these documents in their safe as the debate was raging in Congress and the UN, only releasing them at the optimal partisan time around the State of The Union when we made the case to take on Hussein. And then, from the same group that held back the documents for so long, came the husband of a CIA agent with uncommon knowledge of these forgeries (since he knew the people who supposedly signed the documents, and interacted with them in his first CIA supported trip to Niger) who claimed the administration knew these were forgeries and lied to the American people. The CIA group this man’s wife worked for knew about the documents and apparently leaked them to the IAEA to make a big oolitical splash. But the administration had relied on other intelligence – and never once mentioned Niger.
The CIA leaked the prison stories from their office of professional conduct – the Office of Inspector General. And the NSA leaks and the SWIFT leaks, etc. There is a reason the CIA has no credibility – they earned it. They couldn’t abide by our democratic process and so they went on a covert effort to undermine our elections in three cycles now. Instead of worrying about Iran, Iraq and Bin Laden all the CIA’s energy seem focused on getting George Bush. So someone tell me, with a record like this, why America should trust the CIA? My guess is all the serious analysts and officers have been moved to the other, now elevated, intelligence groups while the CIA attempts to finish cleaning house and re-focusing their minds. But right now the CIA is on parole and needs to demonstrate they have any credibility left.