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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 02:56 PM
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Lawmakers point fingers on intelligence mess

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2900538

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Rep. Jane Harman, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was an obstacle to a compromise because he does not want to diminish the Pentagon's overwhelming control over intelligence agencies' budgets.

Disarray in the government's intelligence operations is most evident at the CIA less than two months after a new director, former Rep. Porter Goss, was sworn in. Goss, a Florida Republican, was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

"The agency seems in free-fall in Washington, and that is a very, very bad omen in the middle of a war," Harman said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

The agency's No. 2 official has resigned, the deputy chief of the department in charge of clandestine operations is reported planning to leave this week and other resignations are said to be in the works. News reports cite clashes between the officials and members of Goss' new administration who worked with him on the committee.

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mhr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:36 PM
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1. Read Seymour Hersh - Chain Of Command - This Is More Pass The Buck
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 05:36 PM
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2. It's time to shut up, Jane
Goss will get all the money he needs once the Purge is complete. No need to endow that stalwart of independence with any more power.
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