Posted by: Lister | August 22, 2007

Clowns In America

The CIA is “Flat wrong”, according to George Tenet. He’s speaking about the agency watchdog’s statement that CIA “officials lacked a comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaida.”

“There was in fact a robust plan, marked by extraordinary effort and dedication to fighting terrorism, dating back to long before 9/11,” he said. “Without such an effort, we would not have been able to give the president a plan on Sept. 15, 2001, that led to the routing of the Taliban, chasing al-Qaida from its Afghan sanctuary and combating terrorists across 92 countries.”

Of course, even PNAC had plans regarding what to do after such a catastrophic and catalyzing event.

The CIA’s top leaders failed to use their available powers, never developed a comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaida and missed crucial opportunities to thwart two hijackers in the run-up to Sept. 11, the agency’s own watchdog concluded in a bruising report released Tuesday.

Completed in June 2005 and kept classified until now, the 19-page executive summary finds extensive fault with the actions of senior CIA leaders and others beneath them. “The agency and its officers did not discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner,” the CIA inspector general found.

[…] inquiry boards were recommended for officials including former CIA Director George Tenet, who resigned in July 2004; his Deputy Director for Operations Jim Pavitt; Counterterrorism Center Chief Cofer Black and the agency’s executive director, who was not further identified. Other less senior officials were also tagged for accountability reviews, but identifying information was removed from the report’s public version.

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  1. I’ve always preferred “Christians In Action” to “Clowns In America.”

    The degree to which the various intelligence agencies don’t work together is astonishing, actually. I see it in the military intel world too. Absolutely baffling how petty people can be about carving out their own niches and refusing to share their info with their counterparts in other offices. It’s not as if lives are at stake….

    But Tenet deserves to be run out of town on a rail for his subservience. The whole point of having someone outside the current government run the CIA is to separate it from the political process. You and I both know that’s all a sham anyway, but the eagerness with which Tenet parroted Bush’s line was beyond the pale. Normally CIA Directors at least play the part of independent actors.

  2. Nice to see you’re well, D&F

    I don’t understand the Christian reference. I’ve never suspected a religious agenda to the CIA. Perhaps Cults in Action? I don’t know.

    You and I both know that’s all a sham anyway, but the eagerness with which Tenet parroted Bush’s line was beyond the pale. Normally CIA Directors at least play the part of independent actors.

    All part of the general trend of rubbing our noses in it. It’s got to be half the fun of corruption… To be seen to get away with it.


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