[cryptome] Re: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture

  • From: douglas rankine <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 01:25:18 +0000

That's reassuring...Presumably you think that a dysfunctional C.I.A. officer is somehow going to inform us all about what is wrong with the C.I.A. and how it can be improved then? After reading the book, would you care to share, what thoughts you have for improving the organisation...or at least, removing the "dys" from the functional? Or would I have to receive that information from the latest Dr. Who in his telephone box?
P.S. I used to drink with the original Dr. Who in a pub in West London, many years ago. He would come into the pub for a drink after he had finished acting in his latest episode, he said it was very tiring work. He was a miserable old sod, until one got to know him, kept himself to himself, and had a problem with the drink, which, unfortunately, hastened his passing into another world, in the end.

On 15/01/2016 00:36, Michael Best wrote:

Me is me. (cue Doctor Who jokes)

Twas I that wrote the note from me, tis true tis true. Rambling advice on why the book may inform better than the excerpts, more than usual. Like all complaints about bureaucracy though, the book is not exciting and at times (justifiably) whines

Humans are dysfunctional by nature. ;)

On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 7:25 PM, douglas rankine <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:

    Hi Michael,
    Quote<<<"A note from me".......meaningful and succinct"  Forgive
    me, Michael, but I am little confused, can you enlighten me
    please?  Is the "me" you, or is it somoene else?

    Is a C.I.A. Officer a human factor, or dysfunctional by nature?

    On 14/01/2016 16:37, Michael Best wrote:
    Amazon.com description:

        CIA officers are, needless to say, skilled and accomplished
        professionals. Unfortunately, the organization they inhabit
        is stifling, misguided, and careless. In the darkness of
        secrecy, with unlimited tax dollars and little or no
        accountability, the CIA bureaucracy has mutated into a
        leviathan that serves its own aims. From 1989 to 2002,
        Ishmael Jones carried out continuous field assignments for
        the CIA, pursuing WMD targets in the Middle East and Europe
        and terrorist targets in the Iraq War. Appalled by the
        stifling layers of bureaucracy and unable to reform the
        agency from within, Jones resigned with an unblemished record
        and this astonishing story to tell.

    A note from me:

        Unlike many other spy memoirs, The Human Factor does not
        attempt to be exciting or make overblown claims or make the
        narrator the hero of his or her own story. Ishmael Jones
        avoids aggrandizing himself, using his professional
        experiences to help explain the problems that the
        Intelligence Community's bureaucracy faces and to shine a
        light on the increasingly neglected art of Human Intelligence
        (HUMINT). Readers looking for an expose on the horrible
        conditions of CIA's bureaucracy will find themselves
        unsatisfied. Rather, Jones' complaints will help readers
        identify patterns of problem behavior for the Agency and how
        bureaucracy too often prevents HUMINT from being properly
        exploited. Written in 2010 before Snowden became a household
        name and the NSA and GCHQ were thrust into the spotlight,
        Jones was describing the problems with HUMINT that would
        force the Intelligence Community to rely heavily, and at
        times too much, on Signal Intelligence and cyber operations.
        Readers interested in fulling understanding these problems,
        and not merely the general shape of the issue, are advised to
        read the book. Since the problems described are often
        bureaucratic, the excerpts selected are merely highlights -
        bureaucratic failings are nearly impossible to describe in a
        way that's both meaningful and succinct.

    Excerpts posted to
    --MikeThat1Archive.neocities.org <http://That1Archive.neocities.org>

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