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August 02, 2013

Transparency

It's not just a breakfast drink, anymore:

The CIA is polygraphing its operatives on a regular basis in an “unprecedented” effort to prevent Benghazi secrets from leaking out, CNN’s Drew Griffin is reporting, citing unnamed inside sources.

“Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings,” the bombshell report reveals. “The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.”

More from CNN:


It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career.

In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.”

Another says, “You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation.”

The CIA responded to CNN’s report in a statement, claiming it “enabled all officers involved in Benghazi the opportunity to meet with Congress,” according to Jake Tapper.

It has also been revealed that as many 35 Americans were in Benghazi on the night of the deadly terror attack, CNN reports, citing anonymous inside sources. As many as seven were wounded and 21 Americans were reportedly working in the building known as the CIA annex.

It will be interesting to watch this story die a horrible death. One wonders: what's the definition of "officers"?

Posted by Cassandra at August 2, 2013 07:50 AM

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“You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.” *wink* *wink*

This is why I can't really blame the black helicopter crowd. I think they're paranoid, but every day I become convinced they're a little less paranoid than I thought.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at August 2, 2013 11:08 AM

Officers is defined as direct employees of the CIA in a role bearing the title, such as Operations Officer or Collection Management Officer. The Clandestine Service's official personnel, as opposed to contractors or foreigners they rope in (these latter are the ones properly called "CIA agents") are not officers.

And of course any of those 21 Americans who were working for some other government agency would not be CIA officers either.

Posted by: Grim at August 2, 2013 11:40 AM

Pardon me, I mistyped that second sentence. It should read, "These are the Clandestine Service's official personnel, as opposed to contractors or foreigners, who are not officers."

Posted by: Grim at August 2, 2013 11:42 AM

Officers is defined as direct employees of the CIA in a role bearing the title, such as Operations Officer or Collection Management Officer.

So, only higher level folks?

Posted by: Cass at August 2, 2013 12:30 PM

Gee, I sure hope that none of these folks spills the beans about clandestine gun-running operations at the CIA safehouse in Benghazi. I mean, not that they ever would because, you know, it's a secret.

Posted by: spd rdr at August 2, 2013 12:38 PM

I mean, not that they ever would because, you know, it's a secret.

Do not worry, Foolish Small Person. To prevent any further unauthorized leaks... err.... phony scand... err... tragic loss of American lives, I am proactively shutting down embassies all over the planet.

Smart power. It's all about the smart use of power.

Posted by: John Foregainst Kerry at August 2, 2013 01:07 PM

Not just higher level, but any Clandestine Service non-contractor employees. But if these were recruited Libyans, they are not CIA officers, nor are contractors, nor are employees of other agencies.

What pop culture calls a 'CIA agent' is an officer. What the CIA calls an 'agent' is actually a foreigner recruited as a spy (aka an asset).

Posted by: Grim at August 2, 2013 02:13 PM

hmmm . . . I actually worked in the Intelligence Community for a couple years at the Office of Naval Intelligence. Quite happy to volunteer that I know nothing at all about the titles or job descriptions of folks that for or on behalf of the CIA.

Quite frankly, most of the guys in my (former) office didn't think much of the CIA or the people in it. I will cheerfully admit that this attitude *was* influenced by the almost universally poor attitude the people in the CIA presented to members of the other Intelligence organizations.

Screw them. They can go f*ck themselves. Most of them are not so bright.

Best Regards,

Posted by: CAPT Mike at August 3, 2013 12:21 AM

I really hope we'll learn someday that all this secrecy is in aid of a covert op that we were in favor of. But I seriously doubt it.

My husband thinks all the embassies are closing because our bribe to Israel to get the talks going was that we'd look the other way if they bombed Iran. The bribe to the Palestinians was the $500MM executive order. But I don't know, maybe they just expect nearly every Arab country to explode if someone talks to the Jews.

Posted by: Texan99 at August 3, 2013 12:34 AM

The speculation at HotAir is a return to the rumors that were floating a few months ago: some kind of arms-shipment to Syria, using weapons rounded up in Libya, perhaps including exactly the SAMs that everyone claimed we couldn't afford to let get into the hands of Syrian insurgents, for fear they'd be used on commercial airlines.

Something red-hot, anyway.

Posted by: Texan99 at August 4, 2013 09:14 AM

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