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Jeremy Scahill: "The Petraeus Legacy: A Paramilitary CIA?" (Scahill on Blowback)


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While much of the media focus on l’affaire Petraeus has centered on the CIA director’s sexual relationship with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, the scandal opens a window onto a different and more consequential relationship—that between the CIA and the military’s Joint Special Operations Command. In a behind-the-scenes turf war that has raged since 9/11, the two government bodies have fought for control of the expanding global wars waged by the United States—a turf war that JSOC has largely won. Petraeus, an instrumental player in this power struggle, leaves behind an agency that has strayed from intelligence to paramilitary-type activities. Though his legacy will be defined largely by the scandal that ended his career, to many within military and intelligence circles, Petraeus’s career trajectory, from commander of US military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to the helm of the CIA, is a symbol of this evolution.

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Previous to the Bush Administration the CIA was almost

exclusively involved in FOREIGN intelligence gathering while the FBI was almost exclusively domestic. Bush allowed these two agencies to compete to the end that the FBI is more associated with the military and the FBI and CIA compete.

Anyone should be able to read between the lines and realize that a shakeup is now occuring. Sexual escapades have always occured of course, but they never came to the public. And they wouldn't be coming to the public now either except as a tool.

There is absolutely a realignment of power going on. Good or bad? We don't know.

But don't count on it being good.

Drones increased under Chicken-hawk Barry

Murders via drones have increased under Obama.

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

The CIA has been paramilitary

The CIA has been paramilitary in nature since the early 70s. Read Victor Marchetti's book, The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence. Marchetti is former CIA and he talks about them covertly engaging in revolutions around the world, rigging elections, etc. The only difference between then and now is that the CIA is more overtly militaristic.

Blessings )o(

The CIA was founded on such

The CIA was founded on such operations. The OSS specialized in working with partisans behind German lines during WWII. They've been doing paramilitary ops since the beginning after the OSS was disbanded.

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

reedr3v's picture

the entire government is paramilitary


Michael Nystrom's picture

"The CIA's operating budget is classified."

i.e. Whatever the CIA does is classified.

It never ceases to floor me that this is the case.

He's the man.