Marcus Aurelius: Brian Kelley, Screwed by CIA, Dies

09 Justice, Corruption, Government
Marcus Aurelius

Victim of the Agency getting it wrong…bet nobody took a hit for screwing this guy over.

Veteran counterspy Brian Kelley, 68, broke the Moscow code

By T. Rees Shapiro, Published: September 22

Brian Kelley, 68, a CIA counterintelligence officer who was falsely accused of being a Russian mole in an espionage case that ended in the arrest of perhaps the nation’s most damaging turncoat, FBI agent Robert Hanssen, died Sept. 19 at his home in Vienna.

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Phi Beta Iota:  Among many of CIA’s dirty little secrets are the manner it abuses women and minorities.  Janine Brookner, author of  Piercing the Veil of Secrecy: Litigation Against U.S. Intelligence is one of the very few to fight back and win.  Most who are abused take it quietly; if not they get a “fitness for duty” physical and are forced to resign not because they are wrong but because CIA managers refuse to admit they are wrong and they abuse power easily.  In a somewhat ironic twist, George “Slam Dunk” Tenet referred over 400 of them to the Department of Justice for investigation.  Counterintelligence at CIA remains a dumping ground, but managers do not hesitate to undertake witchhunts or abuse employees without due process when it suits them.  If and when GAO gains the full access it requires, CIA’s personnel processes and interviews with all employees who exited before retirement should be one of their priorities.  This will include most of the Career Trainee classes of 1979 and 1982 (the self-starters who saw through and despised the CIA bureaucracy) as well as the many mavericks who could think better than they could dress.