CIA Funding Liberal Think Tanks

An interesting bit of detective work by Bill Gertz of the Washington Times:

The CIA’s Counterterrorist Center has spent more than $15 million in the past three years funding studies, reports and conferences produced by former Democratic administration officials and other critics of the Bush administration.

The latest effort was a $300,000 grant by the CIA to the Atlantic Council for a study co-authored by Richard A. Clarke, the former counterterrorism official who wrote a best seller accusing the Bush administration of failing in the war on terrorism by invading Iraq. …

An investigation by The Washington Times of the CIA’s funding of think tanks shows that the CTC’s academic outreach program has not funded any studies or conferences at conservative organizations.

This may explain the president’s desire to bring the government’s other intelligence agencies under more direct control of the White House, as a counterbalance to the liberal bias inside the CIA.

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