Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIA's Osama bin Laden unit and author of Imperial Hubris, resigned on Thursday. John E. McLaughlin, the agency's No. 2 official, announced his retirement on Friday afternoon.
And now we learn the White House has ordered the new CIA director, Porter Goss, to purge the agency of officers believed to have been disloyal to President George W. Bush or of leaking damaging information to the media about the conduct of the Iraq war and the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
"The agency is being purged on instructions from the White House," said a former senior CIA official who maintains close ties to both the agency and to the White House. "Goss was given instructions ... to get rid of those soft leakers and liberal Democrats. The CIA is looked on by the White House as a hotbed of liberals and people who have been obstructing the president's agenda."Yeh, I've always thought the CIA was a hotbed of liberals and Democrats. Yeh, that's right: all those folks over at Langley are liberal progressives who always vote the Democratic ticket and are all about obstructing the conservative and neo-conservative movements.