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Monday, February 18, 2008

So the Bush Administration is buddies with the Saudis, and the CIA is incompetent
Posted by Jill | 7:45 AM
So remind me again why anyone at all is even considering voting for John McCain, who seems to be running on the "I'm George Bush's Third Term" platform.

Do you feel safe yet?

The CIA set up a network of front companies in Europe and elsewhere after the Sept. 11 attacks as part of a constellation of "black stations" for a new generation of spies, according to current and former agency officials.

But after spending hundreds of millions of dollars setting up as many as 12 of the companies, the agency shut down all but two after concluding they were ill-conceived and poorly positioned for gathering intelligence on the CIA's principal targets: terrorist groups and unconventional weapons proliferation networks.

The closures were a blow to two of the CIA's most pressing priorities after the 2001 terrorist attacks: expanding its overseas presence and changing the way it deploys spies.

The companies were the centerpiece of an ambitious plan to increase the number of case officers sent overseas under what is known as "nonofficial cover," meaning they would pose as employees of investment banks, consulting firms or other fictitious enterprises with no apparent ties to the U.S. government.

But the plan became the source of significant dispute within the agency and was plagued with problems, officials said. The bogus companies were located far from Muslim enclaves in Europe and other targets. Their size raised concerns that one mistake would blow the cover of many agents. And because business travelers don't ordinarily come into contact with Al Qaeda or other high-priority adversaries, officials said, the cover didn't work.

Summing up what many considered the fatal flaw of the program, one former high-ranking CIA official said, "They were built on the theory of the 'Field of Dreams': Build them and the targets will come."

Sort of like being showered with flower petals and sweets upon our arrival in Iraq, eh?


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Anonymous Anonymous said...
CIA is getting outmaneuvered by MOSSAD, that's all. What you're failing to understand is that progressive or conservative are irrelevant at this point in the game. Those labels are there to keep you distracted. You have to study and look much, much deeper. Why are all the candidates (both present and past Progressive or Conservative) and their cabinets all members of the CFR? Look deeper. Challenge yourself. Even once you find the truth of the evil controlling the world, there's nothing you or we can do about it. Stop seeing things in a "right" vs. "left" perspective. Start to look at the puppet masters controlling the "right" and the "left" and when you're finished with that, start looking at the masters controlling the puppet masters! The truth is strange. I'd actually like to see all of us "serfs" simply opt-out and not play the game. Look to support from each other instead of the terrible govts. of the world. Is anybody pleased with their government on this globe? The evil in this world is dependent upon our support. Opt out, I say. "The only winning move is to not play the game."

Blogger jurassicpork said...
You just answered your own question, Jill. There are many who gnash their teeth while wearing sackcloth and ashes that Georgie can't run for a third term.

So St. John is the next-best thing, even though he's slightly younger and pastier than Grandpa in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.