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Thursday, November 18, 2004

POLITICIZING INTELLIGENCE

The New York Times headline states it as clearly as it can be stated: "Chief of CIA tells his staff to back Bush."

Here is the gist of the situation:

Porter J. Goss, the new intelligence chief, has told Central Intelligence Agency
employees that their job is to "support the administration and its policies in
our work,'' a copy of an internal memorandum shows.
"As agency employees we
do not identify with, support or champion opposition to the administration or
its policies," Mr. Goss said in the memorandum, which was circulated late on
Monday. He said in the document that he was seeking "to clarify beyond doubt the
rules of the road."


Translation: If you want to keep your jobs, you will produce intelligence that supports the policies and positions of the Administration.

Goss wants politicized intelligence. Not objective intelligence, but "information" that supports the neo-con ideology. Goss knows how he can keep his job!

As we have said, the neo-cons, led by Cheney, are trying to reforge intelligence into a tool to be used to advance their cause. That is why the purge of the CIA is underway. This Administration does not want objective intelligence. It wants propaganda.

But the purpose of the CIA, when it was formed, was to provide objective intelligence free of political influence and independent of politics. Cheney and Co. want to change that, and they have found in Goss the perfect tool to use to do so.

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