Monday, August 23, 2004

Pat Roberts, head of the Senate intelligence committee, has proposed massive reforms of our intelligence gathering operations. I don't know if this is a good idea or not. On one hand, it's interesting to see someone proposing grand reforms, as opposed to piddly-ass token measures. It's also nice to see ideas out there that are looking to make changes instead of maintaining things just for the sake of "that's how it's always been." On the other hand, this could very well make a mess of our intelligence system for quite some time. Furthermore, would the reforms actually do anything useful, or would we just be shuffling shit around and changing names? No sense doing anything big just for the sake of doing something big.

One person who's not happy with the proposed changes is George Tenet, but I'm not so sure that he's really coming from a position of much credibility.

One question I've got at this point is whether or not the intelligence community re-org includes any changes of congressional oversight of intelligence. If not, then this just looks to me like someone from congress coming up with ways to keep congress from having to make any changes to their operations. Sure, there need to be changes all around, but so far all I've seen is congress trying to avoid that particular finding of the 9/11 commission.

I'll be very curious to see what Sean Hannity thinks about this. In the beginning of his book Let Freedom Ring, he goes off about how the left supposedly hates the CIA, having had it in for the agency for decades. Well, we now have Pat Roberts -- who, I'm pretty sure, is somewhere right of left of center -- proposing the dismantling of the CIA. Does the right hate the CIA now, too, Sean?

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