Uncommon Sense

March 12, 2014

It’s Time to Rein in the CIA

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 9:03 am
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In a shockingly public manner, the Senate’s intelligence oversight committee has taken the gloves off in a dispute with the CIA. Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Diane Feinstein (DiFi to us native Californians) went on the floor of the Senate and called out the CIA for various aspects of its misconduct. The bulk of that misconduct still has not been revealed in the form of former CIA Director Leon Panetta’s review of the agency and the Senate’s current review, but the recently disclosed misconduct is enough to potentially trigger a constitutional crisis.

The CIA has been in “it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission” mode for generations now and its misconduct is clearly visible even from the dribs and drabs only occasionally in view: torture, operating drone programs, keeping secrets from Congress, spying upon American citizens, etc.

Some of this might be forgivable if the CIA had been at all competent during this time. Consider a short list of the things the CIA has missed predicting:
•   the fall of the Berlin Wall
•   the fall of the Soviet Union
•   9-11
•   the Russian incursion into Georgia
•   the Russian incursion into Crimea/Ukraine (reportedly the CIA told the Senate oversight committee that the likelihood was nil the day before it happened)
and there are many, many more things they could have foreseen but didn’t.

Why we should condone illegal behavior because it provides us with gross incompetence is beyond me. In fact, it calls into question the validity of the organization as currently constituted.


  1. CIA Director John Brennan has categorically denied spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee but I for one am unconvinced after finding out that U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper fibbed about whose phones and emails get tapped. You would expect them to deny this but you would have to be a total idiot to think that they haven’t pushed the envelope from time.


    Comment by lbwoodgate — March 12, 2014 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

    • Actually he also denied them doing things they admitted doing in 2010. I think he was in automatic denial mode. The way things seem to work in the CIA is a Director gets appointed by some President and approved by Congress. But unless that person buys into the CIA ethos, he/she is going to get very little cooperation. The bureaucracy is very, very powerful in the CIA. So, Directors learn to suck up real fast, real hard. Otherwise they don’t last. (It is hard to be made a fool of by being out of the loop in your own agency.)

      On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by stephenpruis — March 12, 2014 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  2. It looks like the Obama Regime is starting to eat its own.


    Comment by silenceofmind — March 13, 2014 @ 9:10 am | Reply

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