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What good is the CIA?

Posted By JTE On February 27, 2007 @ 11:20 am In Politics & Social Justice | No Comments

The fact that so much of what the “intelligence” community does is done in secret makes it a little hard to judge the worth of their efforts. But here are a few things to consider.

1) When they do accomplish things, it often turns out badly [1]. Very [2], very [3] badly [4].

2) When they don’t accomplish things, the bad results are avoided perhaps only by the grace of God (and the more cool-headed minds that stand between the U.S. intelligence community and whatever it is they are trying to accomplish). Case in point: intelligence on Iran’s nuclear programs turns out to be pretty much a bunch of junk [5].

Speaking of which, I liked Alexander Cockburn’s recent column on selling bridges to the New York Times. (Full column available to Nation subscribers only, but this intro is a nice taste.)


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[1] turns out badly: http://www.counterpunch.org/brzezinski.html

[2] Very: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/10/1425222

[3] very: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/CIA%20Hits/Iran_CIAHits.html

[4] badly: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/CIA%20Hits/CIA_GreatestHits.html

[5] a bunch of junk: http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,,2019235,00.html

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