Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I recently finished listening to the CD version of See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism by Rober Baer. This is a very disturbing book as it describes the evisceration of the CIA by career bureaucrats whose only interest appears to be not to rock the boat. The author, a career CIA officer, makes it abundantly clear that had the CIA been operating as it should have been in the late 1980s 1990s that 9/11 would have been detected and deflected long before it occurred. His account of inadvertently discovering the location of a kidnapped CIA station chief in Lebanon and then not having the information acted upon by brain dead superiors makes for riveting reading and listening. (That station chief later died in captivity.) Even more disturbing is the penetration of the CIA by the oil lobbies and former President Clinton turning a blind eye to funds channeled from both Russia and China to the DNC. The refusal of both liberals and conservatives to deal with Ted Kennedy and others' involvement with this scandal indicates a very deep corruption of government by private interests across the board.