Sunday, April 23, 2006

Manipulating the Intelligence: Macro

David Corn: Is there now a partisan loyalty oath at the CIA?

Buried in the Washington Post article on the firing of Mary McCarthy at the CIA...

The White House also has recently barraged the agency with questions about the political affiliations of some of its senior intelligence officers, according to intelligence officials.

Not surprisingly, Josh some choice words to add...

CIA officers don't work under the same civil service rules as most government employees. But I still don't think this sort of political purge activity is permitted.

Not that we should be surprised about this. When Porter Goss took over as DCI he brought over with him a number of GOP political operatives. Take the CIA head of Public Affairs Goss installed: Jennifer Millerwise Dyck. She was a flack from the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign. Before that she worked for Goss on the Hill. And before that she worked for Ari Fleischer at the House Ways and Means Committee. ...(more)
I take no comfort knowing that our CIA is becoming a partisan operation. Even more so that they have been doing the same thing at the State Dept. I guess now the Whitehouse will be able to get their manipulated intel through without a dissenting opinion now. That ought to come in handy so they can bomb Iran.

The underlying issue here isn't about the leak of classified material, it's about government wrongdoing. This administration has bent/broken the rules and scoffed at any checks on its power from day one, and they've gotten away with it only because they have enjoyed a just as corrupt ever compliant Congress. In order to keep the whole thing out of the public arena, they just classify whatever the hell they're doing as secret.

McCarthy knew that the proper channels for whistleblowing this type activity do not exist, especially under this administration. This administration doesn't give a rat's ass about the law, and they go after anyone who tries to expose it. That should be obvious to everyone by now.

These are just a few of the whistleblower cases I know about under this administration, but I'd say it's a pretty safe bet there are hundreds if not thousands more that we don't get to read about:...

Sgt. Frank "Greg" Ford

Bunnatine Greenhouse

Russell Tice

Stephen Heller

Tommy Ray Hook

Richard Convertino

Sibel Edmonds

And we all know what happened to Joe Wilson when he tried to call this administration to account.

Mary McCarthy knows how the system works. She also knows the deck has been stacked by this administration. The checks in our system of checks and balances are gone, and our Republican dominated government is morally bankrupt. When she saw first hand how the Bush administration was violating the Geneva convention using secret prisons, and she did what was morally the right thing to do. Our government leaders cannot be allowed to break the law by classifying their law-breaking as secret.

It may have been a fireable offense what Mary McCarthy did, but it was absolutely the moral thing for her to do. That fact played no small part in earning one of the reporters she leaked to, Dana Priest at the Washington Post, a Pulitzer Prize for national security reporting.

Our government needs more Mary McCarthys.


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