Tuesday, July 13, 2004

What is Intelligence, anyway? These days when truth is lies and reality is whatever gets you elected, we need a big dose of forget-the-post-modernism there is truth that can be yelled at the politicians who think they are powerful. Hear those chants against ya Mr. Chaney? The 9-11 and Iraqi-intelligence failures or disgraces of the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence or the so-called DI or these days DIF (for Directorate of Intelligence Fuckups) traces back nearly twenty five years to the days after Ronald Reagan's election when ideological conservatives (neo and otherwise) took aim at the top of the CIA (not to mention the FBI, DEA, BATF, and other fed law agencies) and the agencies supposed historic traditions of objective analysis and persuaded "political realities" to guide CIA analysis. The amazing stories of how the Reagan-Bush administration broke the will of the CIA, CIA analysts, and others in the "Intelligence" industry and why President Clinton refused to address the crisis of right wing ideology that took hold are the prequels to today's disgrace of George Tenet. Maybe the whole damn house of cards will be revealed. Naw, who am I kidding? For the full story -- excerpted from Robert Parry's new book, Secrets and Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty -- check out our friends at to Consortiumnews.com.
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