Thursday, June 28, 2007

Next Generation of 'Family Jewels'?

I feel it wise to remind ourselves that the release of these documents could easily become a distraction from the issues of today, which are far more important than anything that happened 30 - 40 years ago.

The good thing about the release of the "family Jewels" is the possibility of educating the ignorant as to just what our government has been and is capable of at any given point in time.

Next Generation of 'Family Jewels'?:

The CIA’s belated release of its infamous “Family Jewels” sheds light on U.S. intelligence abuses during the CIA’s first quarter century, but this openness may actually obscure a darker reality – that the subsequent three-plus decades have witnessed worse national-security crimes committed under the cloak of greater secrecy and deception.

Washington’s current conventional wisdom is that the “bad ol’ days” of the 1950s and 1960s couldn’t recur because a formal system of congressional oversight was put in place after press reports first disclosed CIA abuses in the mid-1970s.

Today’s reality, however, is far less reassuring. The start of routine congressional oversight in 1977 only caused intelligence hardliners and their political allies to shift operations off-books while simultaneously building a right-wing media infrastructure to harass journalists, investigators and whistleblowers who still exposed wrongdoing.

The combination of these two factors – the semi-privatizing of covert operations and the emergence of right-wing media defenders – has made it harder, not easier, to uncover and expose intelligence crimes.

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