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The CIA 'old guard' goes to war with Bush

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posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 02:43 PM
Leading up the Iraqi War, the CIA was hard pressed for information regarding Iraq WMD programs as well as links between Hussein and terrorists. Dick Cheney is noted as the major advocate to promote one side of CIA intelligence while disregarding others.

Some examples:

  • Demanding "politically acceptable" Iraqi WMD results while rejecting others
  • Failure to account for the CIA's guerilla warfare prediction in the region
  • "Mr Cheney "blew up" when a report into links between the Saddam regime and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist behind the kidnappings and beheadings of hostages in Iraq, including the Briton Kenneth Bigley, proved inconclusive"

The CIA is now fighting the White House to keep its image intact, particularly through intelligence leaks. The CIA has been trying to keep Iraq in the limelight of this election in hopes of swaying the votes towards John Kerry.

Bill Harlow, the former CIA spokesman who left with the former director George Tenet in July, acknowledged that there had been leaks from within the agency. "The intelligence community has been made the scapegoat for all the failings over Iraq," he said. "It deserves some of the blame, but not all of it. People are chafing at that, and that's the background to these leaks."

Critics of the White House include officials who have served in previous Republican administrations such as Vince Cannistraro, a former CIA head of counter-terrorism and member of the National Security Council under Ronald Reagan.

London Telegraph

The Wall Street Journal noted that the administration is fighting two insurgencies: one in Iraq and one at the CIA. Bush has sent a republican director to lead the CIA and attempt to stifle the criticism and amount of intelligence leaks.

The amount of leaked information could very well take on a faster pace closing in on the election. Such information in this could also explain, in part, President Bush's decision to have an intelligence director under the President's wing. By having a subordinate intelligence director to report intelligence, the President can essentially stifle much of the output of conflicting information. The outlook isn't faring well for the White House or the CIA.

Related links:
Bush Creates New Intelligence Czar Post

[edit on 10-10-2004 by Jamuhn]

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 03:50 PM
There is NO way that they are against Bush, some might be because he holds them accountable for the bad intel.

If anyone knows what is at stake in this war it is the US intel orgs, and they have had to deal with the massive problems and obsticles that the previous admin put on them.

Leaks = Prison time with big cell mates.

[edit on 10-10-2004 by edsinger]

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 03:56 PM
Yes, this article is stating there is a faction within the CIA that is "anti-Bush" (or rather his administration). Though, I have to question whether you read the article, because this faction is stating their problem is with the request for one-side of the intelligence as well as the rejection of all intelligence contrary to the Bush administration's goals.

Once again, your republican fanatacism is hindering your ability to recognize the facts.

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 04:06 PM

Originally posted by edsinger
Leaks = Prison time with big cell mates.

Right. And how is the Bush administration offical that outed the CIA agent to Robert Novak enjoying prison?

Oh that's right, Bush never found the leak like he promised oh so long ago.
Maybe it's on his list of things to do like capture Osama and get that darn anthrax terrorist.

Bush screwed the CIA one too many times and blamed for them for everything. A second term Bush will be as ineffective as Smilin' Bob without Enzyte.

Just wait for the leaks and take 'em in stride. NY Times gets one near daily about Abu Gharib and such. They're already happening and more have just been promised in an effort to expose this incompetent "blameless" Presidential intern's "on the job" training.

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 05:19 PM
Edsinger, did you know that the reports saying Saddam had WMDs mainly came from Donnie boy and the Pentagon, not the CIA, who kept giving reports saying there are no WMDs in Iraq? Which is why Kerry changed his mind on Iraq, the congress was given only the info Bush wanted them to have, the one or two documents from Pentagon saying WMDs were everywhere, not the thousands of CIA records saying there weren't any.

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 05:48 PM
Does anybody remember the 2003 state of the union in which bush lie about the Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium in Africa, even when Tenet
came clean and said his staff had debunked the claim months before, well bush came around and denied that he said that Sadam tried to buy uranium, but that he got the info from the british intelligence, even when his own American intelligence told him it was not true.

I guess bush trusts any intelligence but the one in his own administration as long as it was in favor of his agenda and invansion of Iraq.

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