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American James Bond Sings Soprano

After firing the senior CIA spy chief and his deputy, the new CIA Director Porter Goss has ordered all CIA employees to “support the administration and its policies in our work,” according to the New York Times. The Times story said that one former CIA official supported Goss’ firings, but “A second former intelligence official said he was concerned that the memorandum and the changes represented an effort by Mr. Goss to stifle independence….. ‘If Goss is asking people to color their views and be a team player, that’s not what people at C.I.A. signed up for,’ said the former intelligence official.”

The commentators seem pretty united in saying that the main problem at CIA is not the spies, but the analysts. Goss claims he wants more CIA risk taking, but he has fired (or forced the resignation of) those officials on the spy side who are most inclined to risk taking. And he has told the analysts that their analysis had better support George Bush, i.e., that they had better say that everything in Iraq is perfect. There is no unrest. The Americans are in complete control. Iraqis love the Americans and their life under American rule. If he fires and intimidates enough people, those are certainly the reports that he will get.

He has already begun emasculating the James Bonds of the agency, and I’m sure he’ll go after uppity women, too. He will certainly stifle all independent thought at the CIA.

I can’t understand why Goss, who supposedly was a clandestine services officer, would want to destroy the clandestine services. The only reason I can think of is that he was a failure as a spook — hence his leaving CIA and becoming a congressman — and therefore is taking revenge on successful spooks. It’s nice to have family money as Goss does. It may not be good for America, but it’s good for Goss.

CNN is reporting that Goss denies that he ordered the CIA to color its intelligence in favor of the administration. It’s not surprising that he would, since his order undercuts the whole purpose of the CIA. At the entrance to the CIA is the following Bible quotation, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” By making a mockery of that sentiment, Bush and Goss demonstrate that they apparently hate the truth and hate the Bible.

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