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iceman_419 Donating Member (211 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:23 AM
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Is Bush's purging of the CIA going to help him get into Syria and Iran
The only reason this administration would be touching the CIA is so that they can get all their people in. This will help Bush, and scare the sh*t out of me. I think the only reason he is doing this is so that he can be given "credibal" info. from the CIA which says that Iran or Syria is a threat. This is the only way Bush would be able to get into Syria or Iran without the people of the US going nuts. This administration has cried wolf to many times, but with a republican controlled congress, judiciary, and now CIA Bush may be able to get everything he wants. Oh and why the heck was Porter Goss even allowed to have this position? He is totally unqualified and was quoted on tape saying so. It this day in age it seems that the less experience you have the better qualified you are for the job. Explains a lot I guess.
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cubsfan forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:26 AM
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1. Memo to Chicken George:
Careful what you wish for.

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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:30 AM
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2. No more reason for the OSP

Now that the neocons have their hands on the controls of
everything.

Some bad PR coming out of this, especially about the guy (DDO?)
who was responsible for Khadafi's apparent change of attitude on
terrorism and WMDs. One of Bush's few foreign policy wins. The
guy responsible was one of the first ones to resign.
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billyoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:31 AM
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3. Stalin would be green with envy
at the * administration's ability to put loyalty to the leader above all other considerations when applying for a federal job. :grr:
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TomClash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:31 AM
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4. I don' t think so.
Tenet bent over backwards to help Bush - against the advice from much of the rest of the agency. Many in the agency hate Bush and his policy - Scheuer was not alone - without agency consent "Imperial Hubris" would never have been published.

This is payback, pure and simple.
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:58 AM
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5. CIA Critic of U.S. War - 60 minutes


CIA Critic of U.S. War on Terror Resigns
By Tabassum Zakaria -- Thursday, November 11, 2004 5:59 p.m. ET
http://wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Br...


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A CIA analyst who wrote a book that criticized the U.S. war on terror has resigned from the spy agency after it effectively banned him from publicly discussing his views, his publicist said on Thursday.

Michael Scheuer, whose book "Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror" was signed as "anonymous" and published this summer, will resign effective Friday after 22 years at the Central Intelligence Agency.

--snip---

In a statement, Scheuer said the CIA had not forced him to resign, "but I have concluded that there has not been adequate national debate over the nature of the threat posed by Osama bin Laden and the forces he leads and inspires, and the nature and dimensions of intelligence reform needed to address that threat."

He intends to speak to the media over the next several weeks, including an appearance on the CBS show "60 Minutes" on Sunday.

===============

http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtm...
CIA Agent Details Terror Threat

The former agent, Michael Scheuer, speaks to Steve Kroft in his first television interview without disguise to be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Scheuer was until recently known as the "anonymous" author of two books critical of the west's response to bin Laden and al Qaeda, the most recent of which is titled "Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror."

No one in the west knows more about the al Qaeda leader than Scheuer, who has tracked him since the mid-1980s. The CIA allowed him to write the books provided he remain anonymous, but now is allowing him to reveal himself for the first time on Sunday's broadcast.

Even if bin Laden had a nuclear weapon, he probably wouldn't have used it for a lack of proper religious authority - authority he has now.


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Malva Zebrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:19 AM
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6. then he will merge the OSP with the CIA
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 10:22 AM by Malva Zebrina
I guess. No doubt in my mind there are, especially Iran, now that it is surrounded on most sides by the US and it's allies, plans to invade those countries also.
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hollowdweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:43 AM
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7. It's really scarey
what Bush is doing to the checks and balances in all the govt. My only hope is he will end up like the Emperor with No Clothes.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:18 AM
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9. Hi hollowdweller!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:45 AM
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8. I hope so
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 10:45 AM by The Doctor
the sooner we let this train finish its inevitable wreck, the sooner we can get on with rebuilding.
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American Tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:38 AM
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10. I sure as hell hope not
Before, I might have been pleased with that idea, on the principle that if one casts them enough rope, they will surely hang themselves.

But now the executive and legislative branches are shrouded by Republican partisans. The Bush administration has been liberated from public accountability, and are emboldened by victory. I wonder how much 'political capital' Bush really thinks that this mandate yields to him? If he's done this much with the blessing of the public, how much further could he safely go?

More than thirty years ago, my father drew the number 031 in the lottery. And now, I too am at that hazardous age. Up until today, I always said that the politicians would be too frightened to ever try it again, but then I never counted on the baby boomers to have such poor memories or our electorate to be so blind.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:42 AM
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11. Main reason is to keep Smirk and Sneer out of JAIL.
Where the heck IS that report on culpability in decision-making and lack of decision-making regarding 9-11?

Last I heard, Porter "Operation 40" Goss was deep-sixing the thing.

If the truth about 9-11 were known, Bush, Cheney and a large chunk of the Establishment would be in jail. For many, they would wish it were their last stop.
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