Spy chiefs turn on President Obama
Barack Obama was accused of double standards yesterday in his treatment of the CIA.
The President paid tribute to secret agents after seven of them were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
In a statement, he said the CIA had been ‘tested as never before’ and that agents had ‘served on the front lines in directly confronting the dangers of the 21st century’.
He lauded the victims as ‘part of a long line of patriots who have made great sacrifices for their fellow citizens and for our way of life’.
Yet the previous day he had blasted ‘systemic failures’ in the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies for failing to prevent the Christmas Day syringe bomb attack.
One day the President is pointing the finger and blaming the intelligence services, saying there is a systemic failure,’ said one agency official. ‘Now we are heroes. The fact is that we are doing everything humanly possible to stay on top of the security situation. The deaths of our operatives shows just how involved we are on the ground.’
But CIA bosses claim they were unfairly blamed at a time the covert government agency has been stretched further than ever before in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
They point to the murder of seven operatives at a remote mountain base in Afghanistan’s Khost Province as an example of how agents are putting their lives on the line at the vanguard of America’s far-flung wars.
Since the inauguration of President Obama, the President has made it very clear that business is not going to be operating as usual.
The closing of Gitmo, the selection of a prosecutor to investigate CIA violations of torture protocols, terminating renditions, rivalries among different Agencies, including DOD, NSC, DNI, and the National Counter Intelligence Center, selection of a CIA Director whose sole qualification to be Director is his loyalty to the Democrat Party, calls for the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, .... these actions (plus many more) .... are having the cumulative effect of undermining morale within the many Intelligence Services, and projecting the wrong image towards our enemies.
Some of the CIA's internal grousing and criticism is well justified. But not all of it. What has been overlooked is the fact the CIA is in the intelligence business. They know the risks of their jobs. That knowledge should at a minimum include the security requirements to protect their own employees in the workplace.
The terror incident in Afghanistan leading to the deaths of the CIA Station Chief and its employees happened at a minimum due to negligence within the Agency itself to safeguard their employees. They know they are in a war zone. They know that informants are often double agents. They know they are dealing with Al Qaeda. This terror event should not have happened on their watch. And if the CIA cannot protect its own, the enitre US security apparatus is in trouble.
This incident highlights a serious shortcoming in CIA operations regardless of the bureaucratic flaps that exist among the agencies. By the way, the CIA did forward its advance information concerning the Detroit bomber to the National Counterterrorism Center as required since 9/11. So they are unjustly taking the heat for security breaches that were in the domain of the State Department and other agencies.
But I think its equally an outrage that they were unable to protect their own - and for that, criticism deserves to be heaped on them and everyone else who staffs the agency and funds their budgets, or whose mission is to protect CIA employees out in the field. This is a serous issue.
Most Recommended Comment
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States