posted on Jan, 5 2006 @ 03:28 PM
I don't want to start a "bash Clinton" streak, but his admin had a lot to do with creating this situation. We neglected our HUMINT in favor of
satellite based espionage. But there's no substitute for a set of eyes and ears on the ground.
This situation is not one that can be fixed overnight; it's not the same as placing an ad in the Sunday paper advertising these positions. The best
candidates are native to the country they are used in, and at least bilingual. And smart. And it takes time and effort to train them.
For a while, we were using unsavory characters; criminals, low lifes, etc., as spies. I have absolutely no problem with that. But I do remember the
howling that went on in here from those opposed to using criminals. Something about higher standards, if I recall.
We also have Jamie Gorelick to thank for helping to screw up our intelligence system.