Journal: Why Do We Need a CIA At All?

10 Security, Government
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ASSOCIATED PRESS

Monday, August 31, 2009

By Adam Goldman and Pamela Hess

Secret CIA program used Blackwater recruits

“The question remains: Why do we need Blackwater?” said Charles Faddis, a former department chief at the CIA’s Counter-terrorism Center who retired in 2008 and was not involved in the secret program. “I remain mystified. This is quintessential CIA work. You wonder what it means that the CIA has to rely on Blackwater? Why are we still funding the CIA?”

Phi Beta Iota: Restore CIA ownership of the South-Central Campus (or give it back to the estate that granted it to CIA in perpetuity); three SMALL towers there with an over-arching top floor: DNI; Open Source Agency; Multinational Decision-Support Agency.  Turn CIA HQS into a technical collection agency with one floor per discipline.  Split the CIA analysts between DIA (two all-source analytic centers per floor in now vacated DNI spaces) and Open Source Agency.  End all contracting of inherently-governmental functions.  Re-boot the clandestine service with an emphasis on multinational clandestine operations run out of regional multinational field stations.  CIA has been so badly-managed by a series of Directors going back to George Bush the Pater, it might as well not have existed all these years.  How’s that for an epitaph?