Wednesday, November 24, 2004

 

His Majesty needs more yes-men!

Great. More people to tell Our Leader exactly what he wants to hear:
Bush Orders the CIA To Hire More Spies

Goss Told to Build Up Other Staffs, Too


By Walter Pincus and Dana Priest

President Bush has ordered CIA Director Porter J. Goss to increase by 50 percent the number of qualified CIA clandestine operators and intelligence analysts, an ambitious step that would mean the hiring and training of several thousand new personnel in coming years.

Bush also ordered the doubling of CIA officers involved in research and development "to find new ways to bring science to bear in the war on terrorism, the proliferation of WMD [weapons of mass destruction] and against new and emerging threats." In the presidential order, dated Nov. 18 and released by the White House yesterday, Bush also called for a 50 percent increase in the number of CIA officers proficient in "mission-critical languages" such as Arabic.
Unless they're gay.
The 50 percent increases he called for "are huge," requiring a new training facility "and even more aggressive recruiting, or lowering the quality of people," a former CIA official involved in the recruiting effort said.

The exact number of CIA officers in one area targeted for increase -- the clandestine service, officially known as the Directorate of Operations -- is classified, but former officials say it is around 4,500. Only about one-third are in the field as case officers who recruit agents, a former official said. The rest provide support from headquarters and overseas. Overall, the agency is believed to employ about 20,000 people.
In general, I'm a supporter of extensive spending on intelligence. I think it can prevent unnecessary wars and other problems. But that's obviously not the case with this administration, which has never heard a discouraging word and probably wants to make sure it never does.
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