THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READING
“We invoke the phrases of Jefferson and Lincoln as a result of they are saying one thing about our legacy and our traditions. We do that as a result of we acknowledge our hyperlinks to the past–at least after they flatter us. However black historical past doesn’t flatter American democracy; it chastens it. The favored mocking of reparations as a harebrained scheme authored by wild-eyed lefties and intellectually unserious black nationalists is worry masquerading as laughter. Black nationalists have all the time perceived one thing unmentionable about America that integrationists dare not acknowledge –that white supremacy just isn’t merely the work of hotheaded demagogues, or a matter of false consciousness, however a pressure so basic to America that it’s troublesome to think about the nation with out it.”
~~Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Have been Eight Years in Energy: An American Tragedy (2017)
At Day by day Kos on this date in 2002—Politicizing intelligence gathering:
So you are a Bush Administration official on the lookout for a cause—any cause—to invade Iraq (say, Donald Rumsfeld). You ask your intelligence businesses (CIA, DIA, NSA, and many others.) for affirmation that Iraq has ties to Al Qaeda. The businesses mine their property, evaluation their knowledge, prepare satellites and listening gadgets and no matter different unique applied sciences they might have on the Iraqis and scattered Al Qaeda members.
And after analyzing every little thing, they conclude there are not any ties between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.
This can be a setback. You possibly can’t give the actual causes for an Iraq invasion—oil, political acquire, and revenge for daddy’s assassination try. You simply HAVE TO HAVE proof linking OBL to SH.
So what do you do?
Nicely, on condition that this administration is probably the most intensely political within the historical past of our honest nation, you merely observe from the Rove recreation plan—you create a brand new “intelligence company” and fill it with political appointees who will confirm whatever lies the administration spews. […]
So to make clear, the CIA (and different intelligence businesses) collect the knowledge. They then interpret it. But when the administration would not like that interpretation (e.g. Hussein and OBL hate one another and would by no means work collectively), the brand new company can check out the information and arrive at a extra “acceptable” conclusion (or in Rumsfeld’s phrases, “help policymakers in assessing the intelligence they obtain”).
The gods save us from this cabal.