The NYTimes.com asks: “Would the security needs of the United States be better served if the agency were dismantled?”
Three responses are especially apt. All of them note that CIA abuses of power are deeply rooted in the agency’s history, going back to the Kennedy presidency.
Peter Kornbluh, author of the timely new book “Back Channel to Cuba”:
“There is no alternative but to remove the C.I.A.’s covert capacities once and for all, and redistribute those functions to other more responsible agencies such as the F.B.I. and the Pentagon, leaving the C.I.A. purely as an intelligence agency.”
Melvin Goodman, former CIA analyst:
“A wall is needed between worlds of analysis and operations to ensure independent assessments.”
Juan Gabrial Tokatlian, professor at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina:
“If there is something to be learned by the transition to democracy in the Southern Cone of the Americas—so much affected by the CIA activities over the 60s, 70s, and 80s — it is that human rights should be placed first and foremost in the social and political agenda. If it is not, we will probably have more reports on the U.S. intelligence system cruelty in the next decades to come.”