CIA Shifts Focus From Gathering Intelligence to Killing Targets
Via the Washington Post, there are now more agents in the CIA's counter-terrorism division than there are core members of al-Qaeda around the world (about 2400.). Not only that, the CIA's mission has changed since 9/11.
In the decade since the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks, the agency has undergone a fundamental transformation. Although the CIA continues to gather intelligence and furnish analysis on a vast array of subjects, its focus and resources are increasingly centered on the cold counterterrorism objective of finding targets to capture or kill.
Even analysts are now being used to track targets for capture and kill operations: [More...]
20 percent of CIA analysts are now “targeters” scanning data for individuals to recruit, arrest or place in the cross hairs of a drone.
So here's the new CIA: A military force without accountability and oversight.
How do they view their accomplishments? According to one CIA veteran, a CTC leader told him:
"We are killing these sons of b*tches faster than they can grow them now.”
One reason for the lack of oversight:
Sometimes their missions are considered military “preparation of the battlefield,” and others fall under covert findings obtained by the CIA. As a result, congressional intelligence and armed services committees rarely get a comprehensive view.
The CIA is more "kill" than "capture." And not very discriminate.
“It wasn’t always high-value targets,” [one military official] said. “They were trying to pursue and kill sometimes lower-hanging fruit.”
At least once, they killed the wrong target.
No one knows how many people the CIA has killed, because of its secrecy and the lack of review.
[H]uman rights groups say the death toll over the past decade from CIA-directed operations undoubtedly exceeds the casualty count associated with strikes from drones.
I'm filing this under "Things that don't make you proud to be an American."
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