So why does this story keep coming up? I'll tell you why, because it is true! It is exploitation and manipulation at the highest levels of our governmemnt. IMHO it is the secret "Team B"
As part of the Halloween massacre Rumsfeld and Cheney pushed out CIA director William Colby and replaced him with George H.W. Bush, then the U.S. plenipotentiary to China. The CIA had been uncooperative with the Rumsfeld/Cheney anti-détente campaign. Instead of producing intelligence reports simply showing an urgent Soviet military buildup, the CIA issued complex analyses that were filled with qualifications. Its National Intelligence Estimate on the Soviet threat contained numerous caveats, dissents and contradictory opinions. From the conservative point of view, the CIA was guilty of groupthink, unwilling to challenge its own premises and hostile to conservative ideas.Doesn't this sound familiar? Does the White House Iraq Group strike a chord?
The new CIA director was prompted to authorize an alternative unit outside the CIA to challenge the agency's intelligence on Soviet intentions. Bush was more compliant in the political winds than his predecessor. Consisting of a host of conservatives, the unit was called Team B. A young aide from the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Paul Wolfowitz, was selected to represent Rumsfeld's interest and served as coauthor of Team B's report. The report was single-minded in its conclusion about the Soviet buildup and cleansed of contrary intelligence. It was fundamentally a political tool in the struggle for control of the Republican Party, intended to destroy détente and aimed particularly at Kissinger. Both Ford and Kissinger took pains to dismiss Team B and its effort. (Later, Team B's report was revealed to be wildly off the mark about the scope and capability of the Soviet military.)
Now you may ask, "Where is this guy going with this and what does the WHIG have to do with Bill Maher and a gay Ken Mehlman?" First let me make a prediction, Bill Maher will come under trememdous pressure to NOT make good with his promise to Larry King on Larry King Live for his friday night show.
Now, why do I make this prediction? Because this very same scenario happened over a decade ago. The first three minutes of this fifty five minute video will explain it all.
I believe that this group is fully intact and continues to operate today from within our government and outside of government controls. They use all of the known tactics: fear, exploitation, manipulation, spying, and censorship. It is their inability to censor blogs that makes bloggers so dangerous.
So tune into Bill Maher's show tomorrow and see if he actually says what he alluded to on Larry King Live wednesday night. If he does, I will be surprised.