Thursday, October 13, 2005

New Spy Agency Created

The BBC reports that the US has created a new intelligence agency, the National Clandestine Service (NCS), which will be led by the CIA and will "coordinate all overseas spying activities."

This paragraph is my favorite: "The director of the new agency, whose identity will remain secret and is known simply as 'Jose', will report directly to the head of the CIA, Porter Goss."

Wasn't "Jose" Bush's pre-"Brownie" nickname for a certain former head of FEMA?

Just kidding. I don't know who Jose is. But I am definitely going to have to read up on the NCS.

[Update: Some more on this from the NYT: "A new Central Intelligence Agency office intended to provide more coordination over American spying operations will wield only limited authority ..." The director will "be responsible primarily for setting standards and rules designed to minimize conflicts between the agencies." So really this whole thing means basically nothing. Great. -- 14 October, 7:19 a.m.]


At 10:05 PM, Blogger The Cynical Liberal said...

Out of curiosity, wasn't coordinating all overseas intelligence the job description of the CIA?

...why have two agencies doing the same job, or is the CIA now concentrating on non-overseas intelligence?

At 11:45 PM, Blogger Phil S said...

Cynical nails it!!! Is the CIA now doing spying on all of us here in the good ol' USA?????

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jose has been with the CIA for a while, this is just a change of official job desription.

And believe it or not, the CIA does other things besides spy, think about it, they have legal, HR, shipping & receiving, information technology departements just to name a few.

Thinking like Phil and Cynical is just like thinking everyone in a chemical company is a chemist.

/rant over.


P.S. as always, nice blogging Jeremy, I remain a avid reader :)


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