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

  • From: douglas rankine <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:50:16 +0000

Hi Michael,
If we are all dysfunctional...does that include your goodself...and...if so...and your premise is right, why do you bother to do any research at all, when you might as well play whoopsie...:-).

I don't mind your being "overly picky...providing of course it is accurate...Can I kindly suggest though that it is better to be pedantic...if only because it is less selective and more care is taken in the process of analysis and critique. Pedantry helps prevent inadvertent mistakes...It is much better to make intentioned ones...in my book. How can one become a good surgeon without looking after one's tool (s). I always make sure that my own one is stiff and pointed, and yet can be made flexible at the right time...in the right direction...:-) . The C.I.A. is a case and point. It is the present which is given to every POTUS, by the American people as a prize for winning the election, for his own personal use, private or political and gives to him and that democracy which is the United States of America, the gift of plausible denial. This is a great present which helps to preserve the imperial democracy which is the USA, in the eyes of the world...or at least the citizens of the United States. It is based on the true principle of the founding fathers, and the American Dream regarding George Washington, in that it allows every present incumbent, never to tell a lie.
Returning to Dr. Who...a few corrections.

1. It was a Metrolopolitician Police Box, made from wood, which contained a telephone which could be used by both public and bobbies alike, to report or help prevent crime, and helped to keep Police HQ in contact with the bobby on the beat.

2. One of those boxes was presented to the BBC by the Special Branch, the enforcement department of MI5 and MI6, and was renamed TARDIS as part of a targetted special operation, to spy on the new team which had been set up by Security and Intelligence Services in the BBC called the Radiophonics workshop. Various modifications were made to the box over the years. The first one had an infinity engine which worked on dog crap. For that reason it was nicknamed TURDIS. However, it was so successful at clearing the stuff from the gutters of Ealing that, the local refuse department workers went on strike, due to no work, and the box was withdrawn and modified to use another propulsion method. The BBC actors weren't very pleased about it being withdrawn, due to the fact that the gutters started to get full again, and they had the most unfortunate habit of falling out, or more likely, getting thrown out of the drink tanks, along the way and becoming soiled in the gutters of Ealing. The council workers were also worried that there were hidden cameras on the machine which used to spy on them as they didn't go to work. In fact the TARDIS was the whole basis of the invention of the modern drone.

You must also remember that this was the time of the height of the Cold War and there were Communist spies like myself to be found everywhere, living the life of Reilly on Moscow gold, out in the open too, like Burgess and McLean and the rest of the famous five, or six or seven. These traitors had exposed all the dirty tricks which the UK and the US were committing on the world, especially the Soviet Union and the KGB. And had frightened the life of the usually safe and secure ruling establishments, because of revelations particjlarly of their financial hanky panky.

3. Dr. Who, as an entity was created to frighten the UK population into submission to the rules of post war authority and austerity, particularly the younger generation, who had become stroppy and egosticial after their parents had won World War 2, with the help of the Yanks, and were indulging in the Yankee concept of Freedom, which they didn't realise was a licence rather than an absolute right. The mass production of expensive toys; the contraceptiv pill and hallucigenic weed, brought over from Vietnam, had created such high levels of anti-war feeling, particularly regarding US and UK involvement in the war, sexual promiscuity, including homosexuality, lesbianism, transvesticism and sado-masochism, and mass bashings of the bishops, on such a mass scale that the British establishment were starting to worry that there would be nuffink left to differentiate them from the ordinary plebs and public school membership. After all Lord Reith, the Custodian of the BBC and public morals, was given the job way back in the 1930's to create a mass media called radio to educate, entertain and inform the masses of Britain, through culture and quality on what was the right way to live, and the British way of life with British values of honesty, sincerity, single dealing and care for others, including the welfare of the citizens of Empire..

In the 1960's TV's used to go wrong quite regularly. I know this to be true because I was a television engineer at the time and was specially charged to be called to the homes of the people early on a Saturday afternoon to repair their boxes in time for the latest episode of Dr. Who, which occured at 6 p.m., otherwise the parents would be driven nuts for the rest of the week, by children of whom they were no longer in control. Dr. Who gave them that proper dose of reality, which lasted until the next programme. School teachers could always tell when their pupils had missed an episode and behavioural pscyhologists were overwhelmed by aberrant (or is it abhorrent...) children. It was only later that the parents became addicted...(or admitted to being so).

4. Dr. Who is alive and kicking and travels through time...and there is no use your trying to say otherwise. Let me explain why. If a "luvvie" from the BBC production team appeared in the pub and asked if William Harnell was present, (which often occured) he would get a general look of askance and ignorance, and everyone would carry on with their games of chess, skittles, darts, dominoes or shove ha'penny, or munch their crisps and drink their beer. However, if he inquired, "Is Dr. Who here?", everyone would point their fingers to the snug, his favourite place in the Haven Public House, though if he were in the "Wheatsheaf" just next door, he could be found in the lounge bar. This is because, the Haven (which means heaven or safe house) in olde English was for the plebs, the working classes and scum of olde Ealing and was correspondingly cheaper, whilst the Wheatsheaf, was used by a much better, or should I say, richer clientele, the local middle and professional classes. Ealing, at that time, you see, was a hive of intellectual activity and social revolution, due to the BBC having offices, studios, a local experimental theatre and many pubs devoted to the refreshment of the acting and drinking classes. These places of imbibement existed, in almost a straight line between Ealing Studios and the BBC offices. There were 5 public or safe houses in all, and they were called "Drink tanks", each one specialising in one or other area of the mixtures of facts and fictions which were produced by the BBC at the time. It is an interesting side fact, that the more expensive the drinks, the more mixed the ideas and imaginations of the writers, directors and actors became, and the more bloated became the costs of production.

The Death of William Hartnell. I didn't say that William Hartnell died of alcoholism. (see where overly picky...gets you???). I don't mind being misquoted, misinterpreted, taken out of context, but a bad plagiarisation of my work, my copyright, will not be tolerated. There are two things you should learn quickly.
a) What is on a death certificate, is not necessarily the cause of death. Doctors, in most countries have to put something in the section called "Cause of Death" otherwise, according to English law, the death certificate cannot be issued, and if the death certificate cannot be issued the body cannot be released to be disposed of. If the Cause of Death were to have a phrase such as "sumfink serious" or even "nuffink serious", this would have the merits of being more truthful, but not necessarily scientifically accurate.
b. The legal cause of death can differ from the actual cause of death. As you are a causalist, you will naturally know all about the chain of causation; and part of the chain of causation of the death of William Hartnell was the consumption of more alcohol than was good for him. I am sure that you will concede this point, due to the latest research on the consumption of alcohol, which results in damage to the physical organs of the body, including the brain, arteries, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys etc. However, what was a bigger factor in the cause of his death, was his life. You see, life does not come for free, it ends with the ultimate meeting with the Great Reaper, emanating from the TARDIS, who wields his scythe, and stands outside, even such a safe house, a place of safety, as the Wheatsheaf or the Haven, awaiting his next, targetted customer...
5. Whether he was a racist or a sexist, I know not...I never had those kinds of discussions with him, the subjects never cropped up. After a few drinks with him, I can never remember, for the life of me, what it was we discussed, but I doubt it was those subjects...thought bubbles perhaps, can a single thought or an idea travel through time. These great questions of our age, were discussed by him and I, way back in the early 60s'.

6. My age. Whilst you have good deductive capabilities, your inductive capabilities need honing, a course of brain training might do you the world of good, or even a look at the previous postings on cryptome, might help you to gain better knowledge of my personna, weaknesses in particular abound, and strengths there are few. They could save you a lot of time...but there again...what do I know of time management.
With the kindest of regards,
P.S. And do you really read all those books and documents and videos which you post and recommend on cryptome. Did you do a course on speed reading or photo reading, and if so, would you mind informing us which one. We could all save a lot of time...:-) . And...if you got this far....Thanking you for your interest...and your perseverance...
P.P.S. Everything in this posting is true and actually occured and is more honest and factual than any writings or utterings by some dysfunctionary...
On 15/01/2016 02:01, Michael Best wrote:

    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?

I think Ishmael Jones is no more dysfunctional than anyone else and he does a good job of explaining the problems. Understanding a problem is the first step towards adapting to it.

    Or would I have to receive that information from the latest Dr.
    Who in his telephone box? 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.

This is overly picky of me, I admit, but...

 1. It's a police box, not a telephone box.
 2. It's a TARDIS, not a police box.
 3. He's just the Doctor, not Doctor Who or Dr. Who. Doctor Who is the
    name of the show/franchise, not a character. Unless you're talking
    about the Dalek movies or the land of fiction stories.
 4. William Hartnell died of a stroke brought on by arteriosclerosis,
    alcoholism had nothing to do with it.
 5. Yeah, he was a racist, nationalist jerk by all accounts. This is
    the only reason I'm not jealous. If I keep telling myself I'm not
    jealous, maybe I'll believe it.
 6. I imagined you were younger, not 68+.

On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 8:25 PM, douglas rankine <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:

    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
    <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.

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