CIA


Secrets of History: The CIA in Iran


"Bush's new director, former Republican Florida Representative Porter Goss...

"..Goss's most pressing task is to exact retribution for the anti-White House stories emanating from the CIA in the months before the election...

"So Goss will exact vengeance, spill blood, leak to favored journalists and deliver Bush daily intelligence briefings tailored to meet the expectations of his patron...

"... the abilities of the agency to collect and analyze useful intelligence are being compromised by "unparalleled" political partisanship...

"...claiming to black audiences that the CIA had no role in funneling cocaine into the nation's ghettos... materials later excavated by the CIA's own inspector general... establishing CIA complicity in the cocaine traide...

"Most [CIA] intelligence is [now] worthless, with the scant truthful stuff rapidly deep-sixed. Whatever makes its way onto the desks of Presidents or Congressional overseers is 100 percent "political." Anyone who wants to find out what's happening in the world would be better advised to ask a taxi driver" (Alexander Cockburn. "Politicize the CIA? You've Got to Be Kidding!" The Nation, Dec. 20, 2004: 8).


"...two important lessons about contemporary uses of US intelligence. One: The First Customer [Bush II] requires his information to be provided to him with "no room for shadings" as they may exist in, say, the real world. And two: In order to get Bush to pay attention, the intelligence had to be cooked up to agree with his beliefs. Given this, we might as well ditch our entire intelligence system, because unless it simply regurgitates the President's pre-existing prejudices, the information it contains will be ignored, rewritten or both" (Eric Alterman. "Case Closed." The Nation, April 25, 2005: 11).


"The CIA's covert wing is not in the business of advancing world peace and general prosperity. The record of sixty years is one of uninterrupted evil" (Alexander Cockburn. "Don't you dare call it treason." The Nation, Aug. 8, 2005: 12).


Colby Glass, MLIS