CIA should be careful when selecting leader

The real surprise about CIA Director George Tenet is not that he resigned after “a personal decision,” he said, for “the well-being of my wonderful family, nothing more and nothing less.” The real surprise is that he was not fired long ago for presiding over two of the biggest intelligence failures in American history. His […]

New books reveal considerations leading to war

One of the benefits of a free society is that citizens, aided by a free press, can examine the workings of their own government. That now is happening as Americans read reports of how the Bush administration took our nation to war in Iraq. Last month saw the publication of former anti-terrorism chief Richard Clarke’s […]

Different era calls for changes in agency operations

Freedom Newspapers Did we hear CIA director George Tenet correctly? Did he really tell the 9/11 commission last week that it will take “another five years of work to have the kind of clandestine service our country needs” to combat al-Qaida and other terrorists? And did he really go on to assert that “the same […]