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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: CIA Catastrophe in Action

“Well, war is Hell, and it can be tough. Without a draft our troop levels are getting low. They’ve given extra incentives. They’ve lowered their standards, but I think that this shows how well that is going…”

“Jared Guinther is 18. Tall and lanky, he will graduate from high school in June. Girls think he's cute, until they try to talk to him and he stammers or just stands there -- silent.

Diagnosed with autism at age 3, Jared is polite but won't talk to people unless they address him first. It's hard for him to make friends. He lives in his own private world.
Jared didn't know there was a war raging in Iraq until his parents told him last fall -- shortly after a military recruiter stopped him outside a Portland strip mall and complimented his black Converse All-Stars.
‘When Jared first started talking about joining the Army, I thought, `Well, that isn't going to happen,’’ said Paul Guinther, Jared's father. ‘I told my wife not to worry about it. They're not going to take anybody in the service who's autistic.’
But they did. Last month, Jared came home with papers showing that he had not only enlisted, but signed up for the Army's most dangerous job: cavalry scout. He is scheduled to leave for basic training Aug. 16.”
-Newhouse News Service, May 7, 2006

“Enlisting the autistic. Makes me proud. And how did we screw up the intelligence on this war so badly? A lot of it seems to have been bad advice from the CIA. What do you do in a situation like that? Well, Tenent got a medal for his involvement, but, with a scandal involving hookers and bribes on the horizon, last week Porter Goss of the CIA stepped down. This week it is the third in command of the CIA, an old friend of Goss’ since high school. No, nothing to see here. Why do you ask?”

“The FBI is investigating whether a top-ranking CIA official who announced his resignation yesterday steered contracts to a boyhood friend at the center of a congressional bribery scandal, law enforcement officials said.
The investigation of CIA Executive Director Kyle ‘Dusty’ Foggo follows an ongoing investigation by the agency's inspector general, which is examining whether Foggo was involved in CIA contracts awarded to a firm owned by San Diego defense contractor Brent R. Wilkes.
In a brief e-mail to CIA employees yesterday, Foggo said he is stepping down as executive director. The e-mail did not say whether Foggo will leave the CIA, but people within the agency familiar with his plans said he is expected to retire.
The e-mail made no mention of the inspector general's inquiry or Foggo's relationship with Wilkes, officials said. Foggo could not be reached to comment.
Foggo was appointed executive director shortly after Porter J. Goss, who resigned Friday, became director in fall 2004. Foggo and Wilkes have been friends since they went to high school together.
Foggo's name surfaced in the Cunningham case again last week after reports that FBI agents had questioned a Washington limousine company's president about allegations that Wilkes provided prostitutes to Cunningham and perhaps other lawmakers. The CIA issued a statement last week in which Foggo acknowledged attending poker parties with Wilkes but denied any improprieties.
-Washington Post, May 9, 2006

“Hmm.. So that is number one and three at the CIA. How about the one in the middle, Deputy Director Albert M. Calland?”

“Under the plan, Vice Adm. Albert M. Calland III would be replaced as deputy director by retired CIA official Stephen R. Kappes, who quit in November 2004 in a dispute with then-Director Porter J. Goss.

The move was seen as a direct repudiation of Goss's leadership and as an olive branch to CIA veterans disaffected by his 18-month tenure, during which many other senior officials followed Kappes out the door.”
-Washington Post, May 9, 2006

“That’s great. We’re losing all three of the top people at the CIA. Stephen Kappes, by the way, is an ex-marine. He certainly seems sounds capable at doing the job asked. There is just one little problem…”

“(c) MILITARY STATUS OF DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY DIRECTORS. -(1)(A) Not more than one of the individuals serving in the positions specified in subparagraph (B) may be a commissioned officer of the Armed Forces, whether in active or retired status.
(B) The positions referred to in subparagraph (A) are the following:
(i) The Director of Central Intelligence.
(ii) The Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.
(iii) The Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for Community Management.”
-National Security Act of 1947

“So, unless Stephen Kappes is somehow neither active nor retired in the marines, it seems like putting General Hayden in charge of the CIA would be in violation of the National Security Act of 1947. Not really going that far out on a limb for a guy who doesn’t seem to like the Constitution that much anyway, but still… Hey, let’s ask Big Don what he thinks about it!”

“Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday he supports the nomination of a military general as the head of the CIA, and said the Pentagon is not trying to take more control of intelligence matters.
Hayden, who now is deputy director of national intelligence, formerly headed the National Security Agency and is a 37-year Air Force veteran.
Some members of Congress, voicing concern about having a military person in charge of the civilian CIA, have suggested that Hayden resign his commission.
Rumsfeld offered strong praise for Hayden.
‘He's an intelligence professional, is what he is,’ he said. ‘He did not come up through the operational chain in the Department of Defense and then at the last minute slide over into the intelligence business. He's a person who has had assignment after assignment after assignment in the intelligence business. And, clearly, that is what his career has been. And he's been very good at it. ‘"
-Associated Press, May 9, 2006

“For those of you playing the home game, let me explain… Donald Rumsfeld is the Secretary of Defense. He heads the Pentagon and reports directly to Dubya. By definition the entire military is under Rumsfeld. The CIA is a separate beast, reporting through John ‘Deathsquad’ Negroponte to the President. By placing an active commissioned military man as head of the CIA, Dubya is basically giving control of the CIA to Donald Rumsfeld, as Rumsfeld outranks any military officer (and thus the reason that all of the active generals support the big dufus, while all of the retired generals seem to be running away as fast as possible).
Well we’ve seen the Big Don at work, so I’m sure that he will only use his new power for good… Hey, if you can’t trust a cranky old homicidal maniac, who can you trust?”
Thanks go to Americablog and Vidiot Speak for some of this morning’s Quotes.”


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