Okay so former VP Dick Cheney is the bad guy once again. Current DCI Leon Panetta just put a stop to a Company program--that never got out of the planning stages--to find and assassinate the bad guys. Mostly al-Quaeda leadership. Cheney apparently ordered the CIA not to say anything to the Congressional oversite committees that monitor the Agency.
If every notion that every CIA planner ever dreamed up, and began to figure out how it could be done, was presented to our lawmakers, Congress would quickly find itself in gridlock. Feasibility studies are just that--nothing more than what-ifs.
Now, if the Company had actually come to the decision to begin training the personnel to implement such a scheme then Congress should have been notified. No question of it.
I think we need to give our intelligence gathering people the room to dream. Not a wholesale license to do whatever the hell they want to do. But let them dream.
A CIA spokesman--a man I trust--told me a couple of years ago that the Company missed 9/11 big time. But for every 9/11 they missed, dozens if not hundreds of other acts of terrorism against us and our interests were thwarted. Do we want the CIA's methods to be publically broadcast? I don't think so.
Make thinking out of the box illegal--no!