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Watch Out For The CIA

Wednesday, 25 April 2001 12:00 AM

Why is the CIA running AWACS surveillance planes for the purpose of interdicting drug flights in Peru?

Is that not either the role of our DEA or our Air Force?

Since when is the CIA 'operational' in the war on drugs?

Isn't the CIA here to collect information on our enemies? And isn't the DEA specifically tasked with the responsibility of fighting the 'war on drugs'?

As it turns out, down in Peru the CIA had 'contract' personnel flying the AWACS plane

Why is this happening?

Because the CIA has to justify its existence!

That's right. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the CIA knew full well that its main mission was over. Oh sure, there were and still are many threats to America's sovereignty. But let's face it, the CIA was created out of the OSS at the end of WWII for the express purpose of keeping our eyes on Stalin's dangerous – and expanding – Soviet Empire.

Now, with the Soviets gone and the Russians weak and in financial distress, the CIA has had to go hunting for things to do in order to stave off a bureaucrat's biggest nightmare: budget cutbacks!

So Langley has stuck its big nose into the turf of other departments – specifically DEA and even the U.S. military.

I am not amazed that the U.S. Congress has sanctioned this. Members of the House and Senate are pathetically weak when it comes to reining in executive branch encroachment. All the CIA has to do is 'place' a few of their people on the staffs of key committee chairmen and suddenly whatever the CIA wants, it gets!

In fact, the CIA – using its unique secretive power – has successfully 'infiltrated' our own government over the years and created a "government within the government."

For example, six weeks ago I wrote a series here urging the rejection of Richard Armitage as deputy secretary of state. Armitage is a longtime CIA man. Now, please tell me why a fellow working for one department should be also working in another department? Especially when the two departments

This practice is common now throughout each new administration. The CIA 'places' its people all over the executive branch, in the military, on the Hill – and

And CIA's activities often cross the legal line. For example, it is expressly prohibited from operations inside the borders of our country, except for recruiting. But it is a fact that the CIA has and may still be operating inside the United States. But because of its 'reach' it cannot be reined in.

We spend today in excess of $50 billion on intelligence gathering. Yet the CIA did such a lousy job that when the Berlin Wall was about to be knocked down our government learned of this by

The CIA is a bloated – and arrogant – bureaucracy. That is not to say there are not many good and patriotic men and women working there. But the 'mission' of the place has strayed from its original purpose.

All Americans need to be worried about just how powerful and far-reaching this agency has become. The CIA is a gigantic scandal waiting to happen.

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