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February 07, 2006

What's happening at the CIA?

The CIA's top counterterrorism officer was relieved of his position yesterday after months of turmoil atop the agency's clandestine service, according to three knowledgeable officials.

Trouble in neocon spying paradise?

Grenier, 51, is said by associates to be a polished and smooth-talking man with museum-quality mementos of his service overseas.

Is that code for, "he brought back a lot of illegal, looted items"?

Grenier's departure comes at a time when the agency is bleeding top talent, robbing the CIA of institutional memory and damaging morale among case officers and analysts. Since Porter J. Goss became director in September 2004, well over a dozen senior officials -- several of whom were promoted under Goss -- have resigned, have retired early or have requested reassignment. Grenier was the third person to be head of counterterrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Well, it's not really "new" news that Goss is ripping the CIA to shreds, is it?


Note to longtime readers: I think that whole, "one topic per entry" thing works a lot better for bloggers who don't talk about that many different things in a day, you know? It's wearing me out, making new entries for every article.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:12 AM


I know it's wearing for you, Anne, and obviously you're the one whose opinions on Peevish count the most, so stop doing it if it's exhausting you! We can deal with it. Just expect fewer comments from those of us whose reptile brains can only deal with one thing at a time. :)

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at February 7, 2006 01:51 PM

Okay, fine, I'll keep doing them one topic at a time. :) (In truth, it's sometimes interesting to see how many 'angles' on one broad theme I see in the news on some days.)

Posted by: Anne at February 7, 2006 03:47 PM

I don't know... you have to do what works for you. I like the fact that my collected readings sometimes have themes, and odd juxtapositions. I don't see the single-topic posts generating more comments (only you'd know if they're pulling more links) and it makes it harder to find specific discussions...

Anyway, it's your blog.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at February 8, 2006 03:07 PM