Turmoil within CIA not helped by partisanship

Freedom Editorial You almost need a secret decoder ring to try to figure out what is really going on in the Central Intelligence Agency, which is both highly secretive and resistant to understanding by outsiders and yet fond of publicity and adept (at many levels) in the dark art of the leak. A number of […]

Congress should be patient when reforming security

Freedom Editorial So we now have another proposal for reforming the sprawling 15-agency “intelligence community” that missed the signs that 9/11 was in the works and didn’t exactly get it right about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It’s a welcome addition to the ongoing debate, but the very extensiveness of the proposal, coming on […]

Can Goss bring ‘out of the box’ thinking to CIA?

Florida Republican Rep. Porter Goss is “the wrong sort, with the wrong resume” to head the CIA, Michael Ledeen said. The resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (with whom we have been known to disagree on policy matters) explained that the CIA needs drastic change just now, and as a former CIA operative and […]

Time to reform, improve U.S. intelligence

Freedom Editorial The resignation of CIA director George Tenet, combined with the recent critical report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence and the still-evolving work of the 9/11 commission, may have created what some observers view as a “perfect storm.” It could lead to a serious overhaul of this country’s intelligence agencies. […]

CIA should be careful when selecting leader

The real surprise about CIA Director George Tenet is not that he resigned after “a personal decision,” he said, for “the well-being of my wonderful family, nothing more and nothing less.” The real surprise is that he was not fired long ago for presiding over two of the biggest intelligence failures in American history. His […]

Citizens, officials have hard time deciding what is credible

By Michael J. Sniffen: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In recent years, the government has told Americans it has credible evidence of impending terror attacks, of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and of collaboration between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein. But “credible” doesn’t mean the same thing to every government official and even credible information […]

Letters: CIA has reasons for insisting on secrecy

In reference to the Clovis News Journal’s decision to name the Central Intelligence Agency officer who had planned to speak at Eastern New Mexico University last week: Having grown up and worked in Washington, D.C., I’ve known a number of people who worked for the CIA. Their wives know who they work for; the guy […]

CIA anonymity at presentation a faulty premise

Our newspaper was in an unusual position last week when national media spotlighted our run-in with the Central Intelligence Agency. In reporting the news, we became the news by refusing a CIA request to withhold an officer’s name. He had planned to speak Wednesday and Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on “the […]

CIA cancels lectures on terror

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Three lectures by a Central Intelligence Agency officer were canceled on Wednesday after a local newspaper editor refused to withhold the agent’s name in a planned story. A CIA public affairs officer said printing the CIA officer’s name in the newspaper could put his life in danger. Freedom Newspapers […]

CIA leak issue much ado about nothing

Mona Charen Maybe I’m just getting jaded, but this latest Washington “scandal” regarding the leak strikes me as cynicism squared. It reminds me of Nora Ephron’s bon mot: “No matter how cynical I get, I just can’t keep up.” Here’s the version that has been broadcast and printed far and wide in the last week: […]