IC ACCOUNTABILITY: FOLLOW THE MONEYMichael Tanji
of Haft of the Spear
has a tough op-ed in The Weekly Standard
" calling for financial accountability in the Intelligence Community:
"IF THERE IS AN AREA OF GOVERNMENT we should expect to get more than our moneys worth it's national security. As the recently declassified "Key Judgments of the National Intelligence Estimate on Global Trends in Terrorism" has revealed, for all the money we spend on secret intelligence, the end-result is not very impressive. If there is one criticism of intelligence products held by both ends of the political spectrum, it's how pedestrian they are: few keen insights, no groundbreaking assessments, and obvious, wishy-washy conclusions. You would think that for a few billion dollars the cumulative effort of 15 agencies would be much, much more impressive. "
Tanji is no Otis Pike or Frank Church looking to slash and burn the CIA for poltical jollies. If anything, he is looking to make sure that every dollar in the IC is wisely spent where it will do the most good.