Chris Whipple has written a story at Politico offering a long teaser of the upcoming Showtime documentary The Spymasters. He and two colleagues spent more than a hundred hours interviewing the 12 living CIA directors, with considerable focus on the 9/11 attacks. Although the overall picture of failure by the administration to prevent the attacks has long been known,
the story and documentary provide some added details. The key detail is that the warnings the Bush White House received from the CIA in the summer of 2001 were a lot more chilling than the infamous August 6 presidential daily brief. Writes Whipple:
[George] Tenet vividly recalls the [July 10] White House meeting with Rice and her team. (George W. Bush was on a trip to Boston.) “Rich [Blee] started by saying, ‘There will be significant terrorist attacks against the United States in the coming weeks or months. The attacks will be spectacular. They may be multiple. Al Qaeda's intention is the destruction of the United States.’" [Condi said:] ‘What do you think we need to do?’ Black responded by slamming his fist on the table, and saying, ‘We need to go on a wartime footing now!’”
But, as Marcy Wheeler says at her emptywheel blog, these dozen CIA men constitute a collection of paid liars. Figuring out how much of what they say is true and how much of it is half-true and how much is totally fabricated is not easy. Not to mention, Wheeler says, the “myths and score-settling” that emerges in such interviews. This doesn’t however, make what they say uninteresting. Writes Whipple:
What’s the CIA’s mission? Is it a spy agency? Or a secret army? “Sometimes I think we get ourselves into a frenzy—into believing that killing is the only answer to a problem,” says [George] Tenet. “And the truth is, it’s not. That’s not what our reason for existence is.” When [David] Petraeus became CIA director, his predecessor, [Michael] Hayden took him aside.
Never before, Hayden warned him, had the agency become so focused on covert military operations at the expense of intelligence gathering. “An awful lot of what we now call analysis in the American intelligence community is really targeting,” Hayden says. “Frankly, that has been at the expense of the broader, more global view.
We’re safer because of it, but it has not been cost-free. Some of the things we do to keep us safe for the close fight—for instance, targeted killings—can make it more difficult to resolve the deep fight, the ideological fight. We feed the jihadi recruitment video that these Americans are heartless killers.”
please read the rest of the article keep in mind this is under republican control my question is why has it taken so long for truths to stop drip dropping and give the people the real 411 republicans like to say the people have a right to know is that a double standard they need to know the manufactured truths by them against this admin. but not the self created truths of their skulduggery bottom line we were and still are being lied to by republicans.
you might also want to think about if these are their "VALUES" now known as "PRINCIPLES" why are they in direct opposition with the stated American "VALUES" and the Geneva Convention something we don't hear very much about in recent conflicts. i feel most of our problems in the middle east are do to republican aggression's and incessant need to be the big dog,
we need cooperation not fear fear tactics are terrorism to beef up even more or military as Trump put it "so nobody will mess with us" is nothing more than a fear factor creating more dissent of America by other countries after all when you have the biggest gun and you're republican you cannot resist flexing that muscle. recognize