Comments on: Break Up the CIA (IV)? http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/break-up-the-cia-iv/ Blog, news, books Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:56:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: Steve Rhodes http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/break-up-the-cia-iv/#comment-1986 Fri, 27 Aug 2004 23:28:15 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/break_up_the_cia_iv.html#comment-1986 Judge Posner’s review
of the 9/11 Commission Report in the Sunday NYT Book Review is now online.

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By: Raoul http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/break-up-the-cia-iv/#comment-1985 Fri, 27 Aug 2004 19:56:39 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/break_up_the_cia_iv.html#comment-1985 “. . . about WMD in Iraq and the pathological deficiencies in the IC that led to it?”

The source of the pathological deficiencies was the White House not the IC. If there is to be any reform, it needs to be focused on insulating the IC from political influence. Particularly, influence from oil industry executives. It�s not called black gold for nothing. It’s tantamount to free money and the flust in men it produces is unmatched.

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By: Anonymous http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/break-up-the-cia-iv/#comment-1984 Fri, 27 Aug 2004 18:37:06 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/break_up_the_cia_iv.html#comment-1984 I suppose an “intelligence reform expert” is about as useful as a high school counselor or Ted Kennedy’s liver. How does a group that is allowed to operate in secrecy with essentially zero accountability ever get reformed? History clearly shows us that it doesn’t.

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By: Tom Holsinger http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/break-up-the-cia-iv/#comment-1983 Fri, 27 Aug 2004 17:10:32 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/break_up_the_cia_iv.html#comment-1983 Amy Zegart, author of _Flawed by Design – Evolution of the CIA, JCS and NSC_, vehemently disagrees with Fred Kaplan’s article in Slate. Here are her statements emailed to Daniel Drezner (they were in grad school together) and quoted on Daniel Drezner’s blog:

“I think it’s safe to say that intelligence reform expert Amy Zegart really dislikes Fred Kaplan’s take. She e-mailed me the following reaction:

“I am, as my four-year old would put it, “steaming mad.” Where to begin? First, anyone who has spent 5 seconds with Pat Roberts (and I spent 3 hours in front of him last week) knows he’s deadly serious about reform. Where has Fred Kaplan been? Has he read the 500+ page Senate Intelligence Committee report Roberts’ committee wrote in July about WMD in Iraq and the pathological deficiencies in the IC that led to it? Does he think this report descended like manna from heaven or does he realize the Committee’s expert staff spent, oh I don’t know, a year on it? I have anextra copy; perhaps I should send it to him.

Second, Kaplan forgets conveniently the fact that 2 of the key ideas in this proposal –splitting the CIA’s clandestine side from its analytical side and creating a new national intelligence director — were EXACTLY the same as a proposal made 12 years ago by David Boren and David McCurdy, the Democratic chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees. Then there is the substance of his claims. There are many valid concerns about this proposal, but Kaplan does not raise them.”

The URL for this is:
http://www.danieldrezner.com/archives/001597.html

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By: Andrew Smith http://www.lessig.org/2004/08/break-up-the-cia-iv/#comment-1982 Fri, 27 Aug 2004 15:31:40 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/08/break_up_the_cia_iv.html#comment-1982 Judge Posner, I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts on the Lessig blog. Do you have your own blog? Will you start one? :)

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