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When Porter J. Goss took over a failure-stained CIA last year, he promised to reshape the agency beginning with the area he knew best: its famed spy division.
Goss, himself a former covert operative who had chaired the House intelligence committee, focused on the officers in the field. He pledged status and resources for case officers, sending hundreds more to far-off assignments, undercover and on the front line of the battle against al Qaeda.
A year later, Goss is at loggerheads with the clandestine service he sought to embrace. At least a dozen senior officials -- several of whom were promoted under Goss -- have resigned, retired early or requested reassignment. The directorate's second-in-command walked out of Langley last month and then told senators in a closed-door hearing that he had lost confidence in Goss's leadership.
The turmoil has left some employees shaken and has prompted former colleagues in Congress to question how Goss intends to improve the agency's capabilities and restore morale. The White House is aware of the problems, administration officials said, and believes they are being handled by the director of national intelligence, who now oversees the agency.
Originally posted by deltaboy
The CIA is more acting like the NSA which they using satellites or electronic intercepts than sending operatives in the field to see for themselves if the info is solid A (which means really reliable)
[edit on 19-10-2005 by deltaboy]
Originally posted by shot messenger
First: Sometimes leaks and embarrassments have to be made to shut down dangerous covert operations. Some guys just feel that they can play God since they are covert. Sometimes you need to expose their fun and games to shut them down.
Second:CIA uses HUMINT,SIGINT AND SATINT. They aren't lazy. there is just so much to do that sometimes you can handle things better by doing nothing until the picture becomes clearer. FALSE INTEL or WHITE NOISE is a major problem. It backs-up analysis for months.
Third: HUMINT CAN BE THE MOST DEVASTATING. Sometimes you can't believe your eyes, no matter how bad you want to. The bad guys[as opposed to the good guys], whoever they are,I can't tell em apart; are paranoid and not easily fooled. Voice stress analysis isn't even effective because agents are given false info in case they are squeezed.
Fourthly: The CIA did win the cold war against Russia. The war never made the news. It happened from 1980 thru 1993 in Afghanistan. Gust Avrakotos was the CIA man that beat the soviets all by his self.
Finally: AL Qaeda is all in your mind. You never heard of it before 9/11/01.
By 9/12/01 everybody hated that boogyman. You critize CIA and yet you buy into the AL Qaeda story so easily. Who is Tim Osman, genius?