Looks like my guess was right–now that President Bush doesn’t have to worry about reelection, the disloyal at CIA are being purged by new director Porter Goss.
Disruptive members who refuse to cooperate with the team need to go. But getting rid of all dissenters leads to “groupthink”, a dangerous situation in which a leader is told only what he wants to hear.
Sort of like Saddam Hussein before the war.
Justin Raimondo’s analysis digs a little deeper, revealing that there may be more to the purge than meets the eye. Citing the Michael “Anonymous” Scheuer letter published in Atlantic Monthly, it appears that the U.S. government, going back to the Clinton administration, has tried to avoid catching or killing Osama bin Laden:
February 1996-May 1998: The Bin Laden unit and several other senior CIA officers requested transcripts rather than summaries of electronic collection against al-Qaeda … [V]erbatim transcripts are operationally useful, summaries are much less so, and they are usually not timely. The answer to these requests in every case was no. At one point the senior operations officer for an Intelligence Community component said that the National Security Act of 1947 gave her agency control of “raw” signals intelligence, and that she would not pass such material to CIA.
What possible reason could the NSA have in refusing to turn over such vital material to the CIA? To write this off as a simple case of turf-protection is not at all satisfactory. After all, this presumes that the purpose of our intelligence organizations – the protection of the country – has been completely dissolved in the acid of interagency rivalry, an assumption that wildly exaggerates the problem.
There is a sinister pattern in the series of events described in Scheuer’s letter: it is as if a deliberate effort was made to obstruct and destroy the unit tasked to locating and killing bin Laden. Weeks before al-Qaeda hit our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, an attempt was made to abolish the Bin Laden task force. Scheuer and his co-workers were denied permission to look at verbatim transcripts of al-Qaeda intercepts, just as they were denied support from the military that could have resulted in bin Laden’s capture or elimination.
So the US government wanted to keep OBL alive while making it appear that we were out to get him? I don’t like the way that smells at all.
Who is the real enemy?