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Monday, December 05, 2005

The CIA Gets It Right 98% of the Time

        You will not see the title of this post on this article, although according to paragraph seven, that seems to be a fairly accurate summation.

        The story has accusations from anonymous sources about the CIA's rendition program.  A non-anonymous source, the CIA's George Tenet, says renditions:
        . . . have shattered terrorist cells and networks, thwarted terrorist plans, and in some cases even prevented attacks from occurring.

        But the anonymous sources either didn't speak of that.  Or perhaps the article's author, Dana Priest, didn't care if that allegation is true.

        What concerns Priest and the Post is that, (brace yourself for a shock), the CIA sometimes gets things wrong.  For instance, a Khaled Masri was detained as a suspected terrorist by the Macedonian police.  The Macedonian cops informed the CIA, which, for reasons that Priest doesn't reveal or doesn't know, decided they wished to interrogate Masri.  The Macedonians, who had been holding Masri for three weeks, turned him over to the U.S.  He was held and interrogated for about another four months, then released, the CIA having concluded they'd made a mistake — or at least, so say the anonymous sources.  The possibility that they might be dishonest is never raised.

        Just in case an idiot reads this: a pity we held the wrong guy (if Khaled Masri was indeed innocent), but that happens all the time.  Human beings are fallible.  Perhaps Masri should win a lawsuit against the U.S. government.  But I'm glad the War on Terrorism is being prosecuted vigorously.

        The article runs twentynine hundred forty words, says Open Office's Writer.  Of those, fifty words are devoted to the threat of terrorist murder, and successs in stopping it.  That works out to less than 2%, which is, according to Priest's anonymous sources about the same percentage as those the CIA "rendered" falsely.  But don't you dare question the patriotism or objectivity of the Washington Post, or the writer Dana Priest.  And don't ever suggest that the MSM is biased.

        Hat tip: Never Melted Yet.

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