William Colby: From Secret Intelligence to Public Intelligence

Ethics, Government
Hon. William Colby
Hon. William Colby

“Intelligence must accept the end of its special status in the American government, and take on the task of informing the public of its nature and its activities as any other department or agency. . . . By far the most effective manner of accomplishing the task . . . is by letting the public benefit directly from the products of intelligence, its information and assessments. ”

–former DCI William Colby, Honorable Men: My Life in the CIA, Simon & Schuster, 1978, pp. 459-60.

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Journal: How Many CIA’s and How Threatening is the CIA to the Lives of Leon Panetta and Barack Obama?

Analysis, Budgets & Funding, Government, Leadership-Integrity, Methods & Process, Peace Intelligence, Policies, Policy, Reform, Strategy, Strategy-Holistic Coherence, Threats, Threats
Robert Steele
Robert Steele

We were surprised this morning to learn that Ray McGovern, a CIA veteran whose credibility we respect, is saying that Leon Panetta and Barack Obama may be treating CIA with kid gloves for fear of being assassinated by the “insider” CIA that itself fears criminal prosecution for the death of over 100 detainees in CIA custody.  Food for thought.  Read McGovern’s thoughts at The Media Consortium, “Ray McGovern Warns of ‘Two CIA’s.'”

There are two sides to this matter.  How many CIA’s?  Does CIA assassinate U.S. citizens including leaders?

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