Reference: Retired CIA officer–Fix the Agency

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CNN Editor's note: Charles S. Faddis is a retired CIA operations officer and the former head of the CIA's unit focused on fighting terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction. The author of a recently published book about the CIA, “Beyond Repair,” Faddis is also president of Orion Strategic Services, a Maryland-based consulting firm.

Phi Beta Iota: We know and admire Charles Faddis.  Below the fold are other references on the implosion of CIA, which is no longer fit for duty.  Panetta means well, but he does not know what he does not know, and the stuffed shirts surrounding him are not about to tell him what he really does need to know, in part because they don't know, they've made a career out of pushing paper, inflating success, and avoiding accountability.  The difference between the earlier set of anti-CIA retirees and our set are two: 1) we're not breaking rules and cannot credibly be labeled as traitors; and 2) we know vastly more about the real world of all-source intelligence than the incompetent insiders and we cannot be silenced.  Eventually an honest political leadership will hear us.

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  • We owe it to 7 fallen CIA agents (sic) to examine the state of the CIA, says Charles Faddis [PBI: US citizens are officers, the recruited foreigners are agents]
  • A retired CIA officer, Faddis says the agency is hobbled by bureaucracy
  • He says the CIA's leaders lack the experience to run counter-terror operations
  • CIA needs stronger training, better leadership and higher standards, he says

Earlier Relevant Journal Entries:

Rolling  Book: INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH–Chapter 15 Loaded

Rolling  Worth a Look: Recovering Spy Seeks Work

Coming  Event: 16 Jan 10 DC Demonstration Against CIA Drone Deaths with Cynthia McKinney and Cindy Sheehan

10 Jan  Journal: CIA as Poster Child For Dull US Intelligence

09 Jan  Journal: CIA’s Poor Tradecraft AND Poor Management

09 Jan O’s ‘Fixes’ Will Fail:Feeding more fat to obese US intelligence (Ralph Peters)

09 Jan  Reference: WH CT Summary, POTUS Directive, DNI Blurb

08 Jan  Search: QDR OSINT

07 Jan  Journal: Intelligence World Close to a Paradigm Shift?

07 Jan  Journal: USG, IC, and Especially CT in a Shambles

05 Jan  Journal: National Intelligence or National Goat-F…?

05 Jan  Journal: The Plot Thickens–Who Benefits?

05 Jan  Reference: Fixing Intel–A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan

04 Jan  Journal: Evidence of Nigerian Terrorist Being Staged

04 Jan  Journal: Scheuer on C-SPAN, Blows Off Key Question

04 Jan  Journal: Death of CIA Personnel in Afghanistan

04 Jan  Journal: WIRED to IC–You’re Tired, Get Wired….

03 Jan  Journal: Michael Scheuer Slams Brennan, Tenet, Berger on CNN

02 Jan  Reference: Jack Devine on Tomorrow’s Spygames

02 Jan  Reference: 73 Rules of Tradecraft (Dulles via Srodes)

01 Jan  Journal: Heads Will Roll (Deckchairs Will Be Re-Arranged)

01 Jan  Journal: What Is Your Organization’s Mission? (Peggy Noonan)

31 Dec  Journal: Walking Into Al Qaeda’s Trap in Yemen

31 Dec  Journal: Underpants Bomber Shines Light on Naked USG–Without Four Reforms, USA Locked in Place

28 Dec  Journal: The Demise of US Intelligence Qua Brains

19 Dec Journal: Director of National Intelligence Alleges….

08 Nov  Journal: DNI Describes Losing Hand

Links to Reviews of Many Books on CIA Over Time:

2000 IJIC 13/4 Possible Presidential Initiatives (Before 9-11)

2000 ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World

2009 Homeland Security Today: Vet with a Vision

Review: Real-World Intelligence

Review: Informing Statecraft–Intelligence for a New Century

2006 IJIC 19/1 Intelligence Affairs: Evolution, Revolution, or Reactionary Collapse?”

2008 IJIC 21/3 The Open Source Program: Missing in Action

2007 IJIC 20/1 Foreign Liaison and Intelligence Reform: Still in Denial

Review: Flawed by Design–The Evolution of the CIA, JCS, and NSC


Review: Sleeping With the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude

Review: See No Evil–The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism

Review: Beyond Repair: The Decline and Fall of the CIA

Review: Secrecy and Democracy–The CIA in Transition

Review: The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence

Review: Without Cloak or Dagger –The truth about the new espionage

Review: The Very Best Men–Four Who Dared–The Early Years of the CIA

Review: The Human Factor–Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture

Review: Blowback–The First Full Account of America’s Recruitment of Nazis and Its Disastrous Effect on The cold war, Our Domestic and Foreign Policy.

Review: Spying Blind–The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11

Review: In Search of Enemies–A CIA Story

Review: Blond Ghost

Review: The Phoenix Program

Review: Spymaster–My Life in the CIA


Review: Blind Into Baghdad–America’s War in Iraq

Review: Dark Alliance–The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion

Review: Prelude to Terror–the Rogue CIA, The Legacy of America’s Private Intelligence Network the Compromising of American Intelligence (Hardcover)

Review: Killing Hope–U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II-Updated Through 2003

Review: Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush

Review: Devil’s Game–How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (American Empire Project)

Review: Betraying Our Troops–The Destructive Results of Privatizing War

Review: Who the Hell Are We Fighting?–The Story of Sam Adams and the Vietnam Intelligence Wars (Hardcover)

Review: Spies for Hire–The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing

Review: Legacy of Ashes–The History of the CIA

Review: Imperial Secrets–Remapping the Mind of Empire

Review: Anthropological Intelligence–The Deployment and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World War

Review: Denial and Deception–An Insider’s View of the CIA from Iran-Contra to 9/11

Review: Lost Promise

Review: The Sword of the Prophet

2002 THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political

2006 INFORMATION OPERATIONS: All Information, All Languages, All the Time

2006 THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest

2008 COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace

2010 INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH–Chapter 15 Loaded

Review: Bombs, Bugs, Drugs, and Thugs–Intelligence and America’s Quest for Security

Review: Secret Agencies–U.S. Intelligence in a Hostile World

2008 Open Source Intelligence (Strategic)

2008 Open Source Intelligence (Operational)

Review: None So Blind–A Personal Account of the Intelligence Failure in Vietnam

Review: A Pretext for War–9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies

Review: Slow Burn–The Rise and Bitter Fall of American Intelligence in Vietnam

Review: Report of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy

Review: A Season of Inquiry–The Senate Intelligence Investigation

Review: Piercing the Veil of Secrecy–Litigation Against U.S. Intelligence

Review: Preparing for the 21st century–An appraisal of U.S. intelligence : report of the Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community

Review: Burn Before Reading–Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence (Hardcover)

Review: The Agency And The Hill–The CIA’s Relationship With Congress, 1946-2004

Review: Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations

Review: JFK and the Unspeakable–Why He Died & Why It Matters

Review: Edward Lansdale’s Cold War (Culture, Politics, and the Cold War) (Paperback)

Review: Cash on Delivery–CIA Special Operations During the Secret War in Laos

Review: Secrets and Lies–Operation “Iraqi Freedom” and After: A Prelude to the Fall of U.S. Power in the Middle East?

Review: State of War–The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration (Hardcover)

Review: Jawbreaker–The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA’s Key Field Commander (Hardcover)

Review: First In–An Insider’s Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan

Review: Ghost Wars–The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (Paperback)

Review: Charlie Wilson’s War–The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

Review: From the Shadows–The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War

Review: A Look over My Shoulder–A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency

Review: The Main Enemy–The Inside Story of the CIA’s Final Showdown with the KGB

Review: Intelligence Matters

Review: Inside CIA’s Private World–Declassified Articles from the Agency`s Internal Journal, 1955-1992

Review: Creating the Secret State–The Origins of the Central Intelligence Agency, 1943-1947

Review: Allen Dulles–Master of Spies

Review: Casey–The Lives and Secrets of William J. Casey: From the OSS to the CIA

Review: Wilderness of Mirrors

Review: Wedge–The Secret War Between the FBI and CIA

Review: A World of Secrets–The Uses and Limits of Intelligence

Review: The Craft of Intelligence

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