In May 2013, the Washington Post’s Greg Miller reported that the head of the CIA’s clandestine service was being shifted out of that position as a result of “a management shake-up” by then-Director John Brennan. As Miller documented, this official — whom the paper did not name because she was a covert agent at the time — was centrally involved in the worst abuses of the CIA’s Bush-era torture regime.
Right at 5:00 one of the smartest things I have ever heard someone highly informed in this field say: “…there is no ‘the’ CIA.” Brilliant. He is of course talking about what so many books I have read on this subject have said, that being many different political factions control, use, manipulate and wield the CIA (many different parts or sections of the CIA) to their own political agendas.
In 2003, the CIA kidnapped a cleric from the streets of Milan, Italy and shipped him to Egypt to be tortured (CIA agents involved have been prosecuted in Italy, though the U.S. Government has vehemently defended them). In 2004, the U.S. abducted a German citizen in Macedonia, flew him to Afghanistan, tortured and drugged him, then unceremoniously dumped him back on the street when they realized he was innocent, but has refused ever since to compensate him or even apologize, leaving his life in complete sham