Monday, April 24, 2006

McCarthyism

Here is a quote from Mary McCarthy. I call it a McCarthyism:

"Unlike other functions of democratic government, the conduct of intelligence is purposely-and with the consent of the public-carried out in secret, out of the view of public and without much public debate."

- Testimony before the 911 Commission, Oct. 14, 2003

Well, the "consent of the public" be-damned when you've got some career-building brownie points to score. Hell, get that purposely secret intelligence right out to the first reporter you come across if it means a little friendly back-scratching and purely personal gain. Now, I have to make a new category. We have too many gentle-sons in our State Department, too many Wilsons at our embassies, and probably too many McCarthys in our CIA.

Is it any wonder that this woman served on the National Intelligence Council as the National Intelligence Officer for Warning and Deputy NIO for Warning during the period that included terrorist attacks against two U.S. embassies in Africa, the USS Cole in Yemen, and World Trade Center in New York on September 11?

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