Friday, October 14, 2005

No Way, Jose

The United States will form a new espionage agency, reporting into the Central Intelligence Agency, according to the BBC. It will be called the National Clandestine Service (NCS) and will be responsible for all operations involved in spying on other people.

Now, I'm not a military or intelligence expert (no comments please), but do you tell people that you're forming a new super-secret intelligence gathering service who's responsibility is to spy on others?

Yes, spies spy on people and the CIA specifically spies on people but they've never admitted it. Don't you lose that whole deniability aspect when you specifically advertise that you're going to set up an agency whose sole job is to spy on others? How are you supposed to dimiss the conspiracy theorists if you actually, and publically, say we're setting up an agency to spy on other people, using spies, not just giant satellites.

What's even better?

The director of the new agency, whose identity will remain secret and is simply known as "Jose", will report directly to the head of the CIA, Porter Goss.
The geek in me thinks this is cool, a super-secret organization with an unknown head acting totally anonymously in foreign and sovereign countries and potentially never being held accountable for anything they commit, reporting to the CIA. Right out of James Bond.

Of course, then the rational side of me thinks this is bad; a super-secret organization with an unknown head acting totally anonymously in foreign and sovereign countries and potentially never being held accountable for anything they commit, reporting to the CIA. Right out of Orwell.

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2 comments:

San Jose said...

Jose, angered at his cover being blown, has agreed to interview at 'Vanity Fair' and tell all.

Jose CIA said...

OOPs, story already out there, maybe he'll interview for more money?

On a recent visit to Caracas, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told Chavez...-Venezuelan CIA-trained terrorist mastermind behind a series of hotel bombings and the 1976 bombing... this is the crowd Menard and his RSF runs with: a Shanghai of anti-Castro zealots with links to CIA