Bad News For Bush
Yet, even while he's making the pitch for why spying is good for us, we have current and former intelligence professionals so outraged by his 'stopped an attack on LA' lie that they're calling and e-mailing the desk at Capitol Hill Blue to tell the world that it's a lie. An outright falsehood, not even a mistake.
"The President has cheapened the entire intelligence community by dragging us into his fantasy world," says a longtime field operative of the Central Intelligence Agency. "He is basing this absurd claim on the same discredited informant who told us Al Qaeda would attack selected financial institutions in New York and Washington."
Within hours of the President’s speech Thursday claiming his administration had prevented a major attack, sources who said they were current and retired intelligence pros from the CIA, NSA, FBI and military contacted Capitol Hill Blue with angry comments disputing the President’s remarks.
“He’s full of shit,” said one sharply-worded email.
In addition, the former head of Near East Intelligence from 2000 to 2005, Paul Pillar, has come out in Foreign Affairs journal describing the manipulation of intelligence 'pre-Iraq' to build the case. Now, we all know it happened, but Mr. Pillar is naming names and specifying details and methods. Interesting reading, and for those with less time, there is a shorter BBC version here.
I had been wondering how long the career intelligence and security folks who really protect this nation would put up with a buffoon like Bush fucking up everything they've risked their lives for during their careers. Maybe this is the beginning of a 'mutiny' in which they will reveal the details of all of Bush's dirty dealings and secret programs, and of course the failures to manage or to perform associated with each and every one of them. He may think he's got a lid on things, but if these folks are called as witnesses in future impeachment or treason hearings, they'll produce documentation he didn't even know existed. In truth, all they really need to do is keep leaking all of his dirty laundry and nasty failures to the public - there are enough of them. We can only hope they're all getting fed up and ready to do something to protect from Bush what they dedicated their lives to.