GOVERNMENT INSIDE A GOVERNMENT
A HUGE SCANDAL WAITING TO EXPLODE
By: John LeBoutillier
George Tenet testified yesterday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Mr. Tenet the only Clinton Cabinet officer remaining in his original post
has been able to artfully avoid having the CIA take the blame for sloppy and poor
intelligence work leading up to 9-11.
In fact, because of his good personal relationship with both George Bushes, Tenet has
twice since 9-11 been able to secure increases in the CIA budget.
In October, President Bush granted an emergency budget increase of $1 billion to
the CIA. And now, in his fiscal 2003 budget, the President has proposed another $1.5
billion increase that we know of. In fact, the overall intelligence budget is
highly classified and hidden in the budgets of other federal
departments. Only a handful of Congressmen and Senators know the actual
It is also believed that even more money is secretly spent on intelligence
than even these select members of the House and Senate are aware of. Black
funds exist off-the-books accounts that CIA, NSA, DIA and the service Intel
agencies have access to.
All of this is to point out that whatever happened on 9-11 is not the result of
too little money being spent on intelligence gathering. No, the problem is how
that money is spent.
Over the past thirty years our Intel agencies have fallen in love with
satellites, eaves-dropping equipment and high tech means of listening to our
enemies and our friends, too.
HUMINT the gathering of intelligence through human beings
on-the-ground infiltrating and getting up-close-and-personal has taken a back seat
to this fascination with high tech means.
Thus you get the odd occurrence: John Taliban Walker can get into the
Taliban and Al Qaeda even meet Osama bin Laden and yet our own agents could
not get any where near Osama, Mullah Omar or the Taliban/Al Qaeda leadership before 9-11.
What has happened over the years to the CIA?
They have become a government inside a government.
The CIA and this may shock many of you - spies on its own government!
Yes, for a fact, CIA places agents into other federal departments
and on the staffs of House and Senate committees to keep an eye on things.
Every congressional committee that oversees intelligence activities has CIA staff on
its staff! That way Langley can keep track of trouble brewing it its own backyard.
Thats like having the fox guarding the chicken coop.
This is the biggest and so far unreported scandal in the US today.
Bigger than Enron, bigger than anything else. The very fact that the CIA is an uncontrollable
agency operating outside the Constitution and getting away with it is
something that one day is going to blow open and cause big trouble.
A small but meaningful example: in the mid-1980s,
then-Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Armitage personally arranged for a
uniformed military officer to be detailed to temporary White House duty. This officer
had some innocuous job description. In reality his assignment was simple: to spy on the
inner workings of the presidential office. Get the daily schedule of the senior staff,
listen in on as many conversations as possible, find out what was brewing
before others knew and then report all of this daily back to Armitage.
A career CIA man, Armitage wanted to know what was happening at the White House so
that the Pentagon and the CIA could be ahead of the curve.
Armitage today is Deputy Secretary of State and may very well have a similar
operative placed in the White House and National Security Council.
This is plain out-and-out wrong.
Federal agencies should not be expending taxpayers money
spying on each other. But they do!
And that is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the enormous leeway the
CIA has because of the very nature of its secretive mission
to do what it wants.
It is also protected by federal judges strategically placed on the federal bench who
are pro-CIA (some used to work for the CIA) who will always get the CIA off
the hook in case something bad happens. A case in point involved 7 World Trade Center.
Crushed in the 9-11 attack, this building housed several federal offices, including
CIAs NY office. Furthermore, CIA was performing an illegal domestic
September 11 when the attack occurred. (By law, the CIA is prohibited from operating
inside the US other than recruiting.)
When the building was smashed, CIA lost control of the evidence of their illegal activity.
They rushed to a friendly federal judge who granted a secret motion that has
placed the CIA in charge of the excavation and search of 7 World Trade Center. All the
workers, bulldozer operators and diggers on that particular site work for the CIA, not New
York City or anyone else.
The so-called mainstream news media has missed this story.
My source: a federal judge in New York.
We are left to wonder what the illegal domestic operation was
and how we have come to allow a secret US agency to have such unbridled power.
This is a huge scandal waiting to explode.
John LeBoutillier is a former U.S. Congressman and a
nationally recognized political commentator. He has been a frequent guest on many national
talk show programs and is author of the book Harvard Hates America. He is a
regular columnist for Ether Zone.
John LeBoutillier can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
He keeps an archive of his articles at: JohnLeBout.com
Published in the February 14, 2002 issue of Ether Zone.
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