Friday, September 17, 2004

Clueless

A senior CIA officer says bad decisions, understaffing and infighting among intelligence agencies stifled efforts to stop Osama bin Laden and his network. More than three years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the agency remains short-staffed, he says.
In a time where the American public would pretty much be willing to spend anything and everything on their safety, I just don't understand what the hell the Bush Administration is doing. In public it's all terror all the time, with Tom Ridge trotting out to scare the hell out of us on an almost weekly basis. Yet inside, where the actual investigative and preventative work is supposed to be taking place, they don't seem to be doing shit.
"There has been no systematic effort to groom al-Qaeda expertise among Directorate of Operations officers since 11 September," Scheuer writes, referring to the CIA's most famous division, its clandestine service. "Today, the unit is greatly understaffed because of a 'hiring freeze' and the rotation of large numbers of officers in and out of the unit every 60 to 90 days."

He says experienced officers do less work and become trainers for officers who leave before they are qualified for the mission. Senior CIA managers running operations against al-Qaeda have made pleas for more officers, Scheuer says.
Could it truly all be a front to raid the treasury for themselves and their cronies? Some days it sure as hell feels that way.

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