CIA loses turf war as new US interrogation unit is unveiled



The CIA appears to have been stripped of its senior role in America’s post-9/11 interrogation program, as the Obama Administration announced this week the creation of a new interrogation unit. The new High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) will be an elite interagency squad, which will report to the National Security Council and answer directly to the White House. But, according to several insiders, the unit will be housed at the FBI, and not the CIA. The two agencies have been fighting a bitter turf war after 9/11. Officials at Langley view this development as a severe blow to the Agency, which the Bush Administration had tasked with overseeing America’s post 9/11 interrogation program. But many criticize the CIA for having failed to respond to its assigned tasks. Its chaotic interrogation program was heavily outsourced and mired with one torture scandal after the next. One former CIA undercover agent, who now authors under the pseudonym Ishmael Jones, has opined that the creating of HIG is “good news”, as it assigns interrogation of high-value detainees to […] US government entities that will do a better job” than the CIA. Jones further criticized the CIA’s “inactive rogue-state and nuclear-proliferation programs”, its “lax financial controls”, and its reluctance to station the vast majority of its staff abroad.

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3 Responses to CIA loses turf war as new US interrogation unit is unveiled

  1. Dave says:

    This is another case of the FBI doing its usual empire-building, at the expense of public safety, national security, etc.

    It violates several principles of intelligence, not the least of which concerns proper division of labor in both the gathering and the refining of information.

    George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are often accused of ordering intelligence reports to fit their agenda. Basically, they were incapable of actually doing so.

    This organization gives Barack Obama the legal capability to manufacture intelligence according to ideolgy or even whim. It should not be allowed.

  2. observer says:

    You wrote: “This organization gives Barack Obama the legal capability to manufacture intelligence according to ideolgy or even whim. ”

    How is this different to what Bush and Cheney did? They used CIA data to manufacture an excuse to go into Iraq? Or have you forgotten already?

  3. I choose not to Conquer and Divide Our National Security Intelligence Organisations, but rather to Deploy some Support for a Organizational Approach to a Turf War by Expressing support for an All Source Intel Program that doesn’t Take from The Governments capacity to Deliver an Intelligent Program or Product. That is Decisive about The Real Threats of Our World, like the Enemies of Democracy and The Republic by which we stand. There is a Consensus that We are The United States of America, and Are in Control of Thee Worlds Intel by a 90% Capacity, if we don’t Unify, we may Splinter ito a Fractured Capacity and fail to Deliver the Intel on The Next 911! Volunteer Intelligence

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