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  •  Insider Trading (for Outside Intelligence) (3+ / 0-)
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    What has the CIA ever accomplished with all their supposed inside expertise? If I remember correctly, they've been aware of no changes in the world at any time. They somehow missed the implosion of the USSR and several revolutions and a deposed Shah or two over the years. Maybe their accomplishments have been top secret?

    Nixon scoffed of that Langley organization of "intelligence experts": "They have 60,000 guys over there reading newspapers."

    Central Intelligence may be a contradiction in terms. Maybe to find that particular ingredient you need to go far away from that Langley center.

    "When there's storms the sea'll be looking for your parlor." - Kerouac

    by Timus on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 08:30:40 AM PST

    •  Actually, according to the BBC's "The Power of (0+ / 0-)

      Nightmares", the CIA correctly predicted that the USSR would collapse in 20 years in 1970.

      The problem is the good analysis doesn't rise to the top when it conflicts with the political needs of the administration.

      •  The Amazing Carsoni! (0+ / 0-)

        Was it Ruth Montgomery, the famous seeress, who retroactively reported plenty of amazing psychic awareness samplings? By making lots of assumptions, some of them must work out. But then, if The Agency doesn't predict what you want, you just create another one which will. Cheney had one in the Pentagon which was as reliable as Faux Noise. There are now 16 separate units publishing those NIEs now. It is a labyrinth which makes the sixties look like rugby. Muddy, but simple.

        "When there's storms the sea'll be looking for your parlor." - Kerouac

        by Timus on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 08:51:35 PM PST

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    •  The basic problem with the CIA (0+ / 0-)

      is that their secrecy, virtually unlimited budget, and perceived ability to get away with (and deny) absolutely anything, scot-free, trump their spycraft and intelligence-gathering capabilities.  In other words, all that black-ops stuff is the tail that wags the dog.  

      It was always unreasonable to hand any agency that much power and expect them to be anything but corrupt.  I've often wished I could have been in the room with Harry Truman the day he signed their charter, so I could say to him: "You do realize, don't you, Mr. President, that with this charter you are creating nothing less than a permanent secret police force?"  Because that's what it is.  What it really does is assassinate, topple legitimate elections, and subvert democracy wherever it goes -- all the stuff that was supposed to be so rare, incidental, and peripheral that it was barely worth mentioning.  All that stuff about "intelligence" that was supposed to be their main purpose?  That's the icing on the cake.  

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