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Goss' attempt to run the CIA through his own band of loyalists proved his ultimate undoing. It turned out that the "gosslings," as they were known at Langley (after "quislings"), had unsavory connections that trailed them into the agency. An unintended consequence of Goss' dependence on his team of political hatchet men was that his future was dependent on their past.

As Goss parried with Negroponte and Rumsfeld, federal investigators began to close in on his third-ranked official, in charge of contracting, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, for possibly granting illegal contracts to Brent Wilkes, the military contractor named as "co-conspirator No. 1" in the indictment of convicted former Republican Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, now serving eight years in prison for accepting $2.4 million in bribes. Wilkes, who gave $630,000 in cash and favors to Cunningham, remains under investigation by prosecutors. Cunningham has confessed to accepting a $100,000 bribe from "co-conspirator No. 1." Wilkes' business associate, Mitchell Wade, has pleaded guilty to bribing Cunningham.

For years, Wilkes hosted "hospitality suites" at the Watergate Hotel for House members and other associates that involved poker games and, allegedly, prostitutes. That, too, is under investigation. Foggo has admitted his presence, but "just for poker." At least six House members, unnamed so far, are alleged to have participated. Goss has denied attending as CIA director, but not as an elected representative. Yet another hand at the poker table has been identified as Brant Bassett, aka "Nine Fingers." Bassett was Goss' staff director on the House Intelligence Committee and was hired as a consultant to the CIA's Directorate of Operations.

Foggo and Wilkes are best friends going back to high school in suburban San Diego. They were roommates at San Diego State, where they were members of the Young Republicans, were best men at each other's weddings, and named their sons after each other. Wilkes pays for a joint wine locker for them at the Capital Grille steakhouse favored by lobbyists and Republican legislators.

The White House announcement of Goss' resignation was incredibly abrupt, without advance warning or a named successor. White House aides frenetically briefed the press that the sole reason was an internecine conflict between Goss and Negroponte. But such an internal controversy could have been managed for a smooth transition. Something else appeared to be at work.

Indeed, in March, the CIA's inspector general had launched an investigation into Foggo's relationship with Wilkes, who had received CIA contracts in Iraq. Three days after Goss left, Foggo quit, too. In a highly unusual development, two days later, on Wednesday, the special agent in charge of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service's investigation in the "Duke" Cunningham case, Rick Gwin, spoke publicly: "This is much bigger and wider than just Randy 'Duke' Cunningham," he told Southern California's North County Times. "All that has just not come out yet, but it won't be much longer and then you will know just how widespread this is."

President Bush has nominated Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency and currently Negroponte's deputy, as the new CIA director. He has distinguished himself as a loyalist to the administration by using his uniform as a shield against the heat generated by the revelation of illegal domestic surveillance by the NSA.

Regardless of anodyne assurances offered in his forthcoming congressional testimony, Hayden will preside over the liquidation of the CIA as it has been known. The George H.W. Bush CIA headquarters building in Langley will of course remain standing. But the agency will be chipped apart, some of its key parts absorbed by other agencies, with the Pentagon emerging as the ultimate winner.

The militarization of intelligence under Bush is likely to guarantee military solutions above other options. Uniformed officers trained to identity military threats and trends will take over economic and political intelligence for which they are untrained and often incapable, and their priorities will skew analysis. But the bias toward the military option will be one that the military in the end will dislike. It will find itself increasingly bearing the brunt of foreign policy and stretched beyond endurance. The vicious cycle leads to a downward spiral. And Hayden's story will be like a dull shadow of Powell's -- a tale of a "good soldier" who salutes, gets promoted, is used and abused, and is finally discarded.

No president has ever before ruined an agency at the heart of national security out of pique and vengeance. The manipulation of intelligence by political leadership demands ever tightened control. But political purges provide only temporary relief from the widening crisis of policy failure.



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CITIZEN !

I decline your generous offer of a sandwich as it is not my flavour, besides, you eat them all !
It's evident from the constant bile you eject on this forum they are a staple of your diet.

Ahh it's the CIA that holds your interest ..no problem, it's thoroughly compromised
by fascists, spies and ..er liberals, to whom 'The Worlds Greatest President' ..Bill Clinton. ( "Would you like another fat mouthy bint with that impeachment Bill?" .."Aww shucks, I ain't got me no dignity" ) threw open the doors of the CIA to these traitors whilst he was in office. They signed some sort of 'Secrets Act' and now give secrets away ..they have no ' ETHICS ' (see Bill Clinton again).
This brassass General Hayden will roll more heads, have a minor bloodletting, a clean sweep, then promotion and step aside, but he won't get those fascists (and who are those fascists?).

I remember a time when liberals of your ilk hated the CIA but now you are only worried about leadership, or more precisely, 'control' why ?
Because you want to give ALL our intel to the enemy ?
This was starting to happen in the fifties which gave us Joe McCarthy ( I keep him under my bed, ..feed him raw meat ) 'Mad Dog' Joe, as he is affectionately known at this address, convicted only the ..er 'GUILTY' as was proven by the Venona Papers and the Russian archives, and you have no difficulties with the conviction of 'GUILTY' spies, ...do you ?


Sidney Blumenthal, as noted, was former assistant and senior advisor to Clinton and the author of The Clinton Wars, would you dare suggest that his writings do not possess an overt liberal " BIAS " and therefore are akin to that sandwich previously offered,
.....take another bite !

Regurgitating drivel like this lacks gravity, reflects a desperate reaching for mediocrity and reduces you to an ageing scraggly hippie on a battered and broken soapbox at the internet corner furtively and furiously buggering an Armadillo. With your seething mendacity and profanity you can do better that that.



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Home of outgoing CIA official searched
Executive director under investigation by FBI, IRS, CIA inspector general

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WASHINGTON - Law enforcement officials executed search warrants Friday on the house and office of CIA’s outgoing executive director as part of an investigation into corruption involving agency contracts, the FBI said.

The CIA’s third-ranking official, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, has been under investigation by the FBI, IRS, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the CIA’s inspector general and the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego, said FBI spokeswoman April Langwell in San Diego.

Under a sealed warrant, officials searched Foggo’s Virginia home and his office at the CIA’s Langley, Va., campus, Langwell said. She could provide no other details.

Foggo was not in his office or at home during the raid, NBC News’ Robert Windrem reported.

The FBI and other agencies have been investigating whether Foggo improperly intervened in the award of contracts to a San Diego businessman and personal friend, Brent Wilkes, who has been implicated in a congressional bribery scandal.

CIA Director Porter Goss, who announced his retirement this week, didn’t know about the raid until minutes before it happened, an official told NBC’s Windrem. Goss sent an e-mail to CIA staff afterward that ended: “These developments are as stunning and as disappointing to me as they are to you,” NBC reported.

In a statement, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Millerwise Dyck also confirmed the searches of his home and office on Friday morning.

“The agency is cooperating fully with the Department of Justice and the FBI,” she said. “Agency leaders outside of the (inspector general’s office) were informed just prior to the execution of the search warrants, in keeping with standard law enforcement procedures.”

Former and current officials called the raid “unprecedented,” according to NBC. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

Second retirement in the CIA
This week, Foggo announced his retirement from the agency after 25 years serving around the world. His decision came three days after Goss announced he would be stepping down from the agency.

Dyck said the Foggo investigation has “absolutely nothing, zero” to do with Goss’ resignation.

In a statement on Foggo’s behalf, the CIA said he denied any improprieties. “Mr. Foggo maintains that government contracts for which he was responsible were properly awarded and administered,” the agency said last week.

Wilkes has been described in court papers as an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to bribe then-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, a California Republican who is now serving time in a federal prison for taking $2.4 million from government contractors.

FBI agents also have been investigating whether Wilkes provided Cunningham with prostitutes, limousines and hotel suites.

Foggo has acknowledged participating in the poker parties at the hotel rooms, but he has said there was nothing untoward about that. “If he attended occasional card games with friends over the years, Mr. Foggo insists they were that and nothing more,” the CIA statement said.

Oversaw day-to-day operations
Foggo’s associates have said he received the Intelligence Commendation Medal for supporting the war on terror in 2002. Before becoming the agency’s No. 3 leader in 2004, he was the chief of base at a classified facility that supports the war on terror.

As executive director, Foggo had the powerful position of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the CIA.

One FBI agent told reporters from Copley News Service, who were at Foggo’s residence, that Foggo was not at home in his quiet suburban neighborhood near CIA headquarters and had not been detained. The agents refused to answer other questions about the raid.

A neighbor told Copley that the agents arrived about 8 a.m. ET. A white Chevrolet van was backed up to the carport of the split-level brick home and, at one point, a man wearing latex gloves emerged from the house and went around back.

NBC News’ Robert Windrem and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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