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View Diary: Stand up for Leon Panetta as CIA chief. (116 comments)

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  •  I don't have so much of a problem... (0+ / 0-)

    ...with the intelligence-gathering aspects of the CIA, provided they're done legally and in an unpoliticized manner, the politicization of intelligence going back a lot longer than Bush II (for example, Team B).

    It's the covert ops that are both counterproductive to their stated goals (which may be a feature and not a bug) as well as ethically dreadful; those need to stop, yesterday.  

    •  But that's the thing... they're unaccountable, (0+ / 0-)

      so we have no idea if ANY of their ops are done legally. So many of them aren't that I have to wonder...

      •  I suspect... (0+ / 0-)

        ...a fair amount of the illegal stuff boils down to venality.  And I'm not entirely sure how to make sure there's proper oversight.  It's a very sticky wicket.

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