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America’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Agencies

Posted on Oct 16, 2007
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Zegart says that intelligence agencies’ performance has improved marginally since 9/11, but that’s not saying much.

James Harris and Josh Scheer

“Spying Blind” author Amy Zegart gives Truthdig a status report on America’s intelligence agencies and explains why our intelligence system is so broken and why our democracy may be to blame.

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By heavyrunner, December 26, 2007 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

I just read an article from Reuters about a defect in the F-15s that are employed to intercept aircraft that are bogeys or hijacked over the U.S.  All 450 are grounded.

Where were they on 9/11/2001?  Why has no one been disciplined for the failures on that day?

Quack, Quack, Quack.

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By Joe Coletta, December 1, 2007 at 3:22 pm Link to this comment
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“This is simply fascinating! Why have I never heard this before?” Referring to the lame ass theory that the CIA was “crippled” from it’s inception in 1947.

Are you kidding me? Grow up kid!
Kissing ass is not journalism.

We created the mercenary mafia that attacked us! That’s not a “conspiracy theory”, no sane person denies that.

It’s not a “failure of intelligence” or “bureaucratic incompetence”.

And of course those who want our society to be organized as an empire instead of a republic are for getting the republic out of the way and blame it for all our problems.

How pathetic!

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By Gerry, October 17, 2007 at 7:51 am Link to this comment
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The author’s answers were clear and concise. I’ll get her book. The interviewer, on the other hand, was not clear and concise: For example, Josh, don’t say something, and then restate it without improving on your first attempt. Irritating!

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By prosefights, October 17, 2007 at 6:13 am Link to this comment

We’re trying to push NARA to do a mandatory declassification review of documents.

On October 5, 2007 we were threatened by US Marshals who visited our homes.

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By 911truthdotorg, October 16, 2007 at 10:22 pm Link to this comment

NIST Admits Total Collapse Of Twin Towers Unexplainable

Implicitly acknowledges controlled demolition only means by which towers could have fallen at free fall speed.

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By Lee, October 16, 2007 at 9:58 pm Link to this comment
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America’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Agencies ... How about all of America’s agencies are dysfunctional! Greed, incompetence, special interest lobbies, politics, lack of oversight ... these are just some of the reasons. Government regulators end up working for the companies, or governments they were previously supposed to regulate. Political cronyism gives us incompetent administrators who end up sleeping at the wheel. Corrupt Dictators who force their people to live in squalor, while they rape their country’s resources ... resulting in desperate populations who are putty in the hands of fanatical religious extremists. Arms traders putting millions of AK47’s in the hands of hopeless minions, with nothing to lose. Oil companies and other entities with billions of dollars invested with totalitarian regimes in the middle east, in banana republics, and other parts of the world. Fanatical groups in this country, who preach current events as the inevitable biblical struggle between Christianity and Islam. These are just a few of the disconnects. However, there will always be prejudiced observers with limited awareness, who proclaim simplistic explanations ... such as blame it all on our relationship with Israel. It doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows!

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By Douglas Chalmers, October 16, 2007 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps more like “why our democracy is so broken and why our lack of intelligence may be to blame”, uhh!

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By weather, October 16, 2007 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

“show me who you walk with and I’ll tell you what you are”

Before Israel, terrorism was of little concern to America.

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