The release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program is, among other things, an epic act of record preservation. Numerous CIA records that might not have been disclosed for decades, or ever, were rescued from oblivion by the Senate report and are now indelibly cited and quoted, even if many of them are not yet released in full. That’s not a small thing, since the history of the CIA interrogation program was not a story that the Agency was motivated or equipped to tell. Read more.
Phi Beta Iota: We continue to believe that under the right leadership, with integrity foremost, CIA can be saved. Today it is a complete mess. Chief among its flaws are a drone assassination program with a 98% error rate; hubris among clandestine leaders that are dependent on liaison and legal travelers for tepid and often false information, rather than real spies; child analysts forbidden to talk to foreigners; and an Open Source Center that is forbidden by the clandestine service from talking to subject matter experts (we do not make this stuff up). The US secret intelligence world, across the board, is an utter disaster. We lack intelligence with integrity for strategy, for policy, for acquisition, and for operations.