Friday, June 22, 2007

Talk about bad timing

From The Washington Post:

The CIA will declassify hundreds of pages of long-secret records detailing some of the intelligence agency's worst illegal abuses -- the so-called "family jewels" documenting a quarter-century of overseas assassination attempts, domestic spying, kidnapping and infiltration of leftist groups from the 1950s to the 1970s, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said yesterday.

The documents, to be publicly released next week, also include accounts of break-ins and theft, the agency's opening of private mail to and from China and the Soviet Union, wiretaps and surveillance of journalists, and a series of "unwitting" tests on U.S. civilians, including the use of drugs.

The pathetic liberals at the Post think of these things as the "agency's worst illegal abuses". I see them as a sign that the CIA was earning its keep. The current lack of human intelligence we have on Islamic terrorist groups and the failure to "connect the dots" before 9/11 are the results of the reforms which were instituted to stop these "abuses".

Think about it. Would not the people of Cuba be better off today if we had managed to kill Castro 50 years ago? Would the people of Iran, and the whole rest of the world, not be better off today if we had sent a hit team to put a bullet through Khomeini's head before he managed to lead the Iranian Revolution? I know the Shah could be a right bastard to his enemies but since his enemies were the people who wanted to turn Iran into a fundamentalist Islamic terror state does it not seem, in retrospect, that they deserved to be tossed into a dungeon and tortured to death?

Given what we know today about the threats we face would it not make more sense to bring back some of the "old ways" instead of "airing dirty laundry"?