09
Feb
11

cia bunglers get off just like the bankers

In the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, officers who committed serious mistakes that left people wrongly imprisoned or even dead have received only minor admonishments or no punishment at all, an Associated Press investigation has revealed. The botched el-Masri case is but one example of a CIA accountability process that even some within the agency say is unpredictable and inconsistent.

Though Obama has sought to put the CIA’s interrogation program behind him, the result of a decade of haphazard accountability is that many officers who made significant missteps are now the senior managers fighting the president’s spy wars.

The AP investigation of the CIA’s actions revealed a disciplinary system that takes years to make decisions, hands down reprimands inconsistently and is viewed inside the agency as prone to favoritism and manipulation. When people are disciplined, the punishment seems to roll downhill, sparing senior managers even when they were directly involved in operations that go awry.

[AP story]

Read it while you can.

I’ve been watching the old BBC series Enemy at the Door lately, about the English inhabitants of occupied Guernsey during the Second World War.

Living in a 21st century corporatocracy laced with paranoia and demagogic clowns like limbaugh and palin, I have to say life is more entertaining than 1942 Guernsey. But there are definite parallels with the grim, haunted monotony, racism, fanaticism, affect-numbing surreality, privation, helplessness and creeping sense of doom the inhabitants had to deal with.

When I clicked by the Super Bowl, the half-time show was on, featuring a musical number out of mad max beyond thunderdome which the Sixth Reich would have been delighted with.

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