Add to Wish List. He also launched the CIA’s lightning invasion of Afghanistan, routing the Taliban. George W. Bush was traveling that day in Boston, but Tenet got through to Rice. But Casey’s determination to run the CIA like an off-the-books enterprise, and his flouting of rules, would trigger the most serious political crisis since Watergate. And Iraq has hardly been the agency’s only debacle. The director must speak truth to power, and provide unvarnished, un-politicized information to the president, but not weigh in on policy. By taking up Ronald Reagan’s charge “to fight Communism around the world,” for example, William Casey became, by Whipple’s estimation, one of the most powerful leaders in the history of the agency, spearheading operations everywhere from Poland and Lebanon to Angola and Chad. At Casey’s urging, Reagan accelerated those programs. Schlesinger was so unpopular at the CIA that he was given extra security guards after a slew of death threats. For The Spymasters, Whipple conducted extensive, exclusive interviews with nearly every living CIA director, pulling back the curtain on the world’s elite spy agencies and showing how the CIA partners—or clashes—with counterparts in Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. “Whenever I’d go in the Oval to brief him, he wouldn’t start a conversation with his team until I was out of the room.” But Petraeus opined on policy. Until now, the intelligence had pointed to an attack on American interests overseas.

As director, Gates helped President George H. W. Bush navigate the dangerous shoals of the post–Cold War world after the Soviets’ collapse.

“This is such a Washington thing: Our instructions were to capture him.

The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs will host an online discussion with author Chris Whipple about his new book, “The Spymasters: How CIA Directors Shape History and the Future.” Asha Rangappa, Jackson senior lecturer and a former FBI agent, will moderate the discussion. Chris Whipple writes in his 2020 book: * Petraeus, Brennan’s predecessor, had suffered a precipitous fall from grace. Disclosure of these secrets could have caused “exceptionally grave damage,” according to the government.

And the difference between capturing—and the alternative—is significant.” Tenet was equally reluctant to kill bin Laden. At pivotal moments, the CIA acts as a brake on rogue presidents, starting in the mid-seventies with DCI Richard Helms’s refusal to conceal Richard Nixon’s criminality and continuing to the present as the actions of a CIA whistleblower have ignited impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. At pivotal moments, the CIA acts as a brake on rogue presidents, starting in the mid-seventies with DCI Richard Helms’s refusal to conceal Richard Nixon’s criminality and continuing to the present as the actions of a CIA whistleblower have ignited impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. motto — an instruction, at least according to the interpretation of one longtime agency official, to speak “truth to power.”. Notwithstanding his respect for David, they went at it.” Petraeus’s advocacy for the rebels stemmed from deeply held conviction about the stakes. Contrary to conventional wisdom, in the months before 9/11, though it could not specify the target, the agency repeatedly warned of an imminent attack by Al Qaeda; it was the Bush White House, not the CIA, that was asleep at the switch.

In Christopher Nolan’s latest (and incredible) film, Tenet, the protagonist towards the end of the film remarks about how no one cares about the bomb that didn’t go off, but it is that event that has the power to change history. The director and Broadwell had tried to conceal their email correspondence by accessing them in a draft folder. The 9/11 Commission would famously call the nation’s inabil ity to prevent the attacks a “failure of imagination.” But that wasn’t really true: Not only had the CIA been warning all summer about an imminent attack but it had previously warned of an Al Qaeda attempt to hijack commercial airliners. It remains a matter of debate whether the error was the result of politicization or of sincere, if equally damaging, misjudgment.

In the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, there is …

Deutch resigned after seventeen months. There may be no workplace in the world where gossip travels faster than at CIA headquarters at Langley. On October 26, 2012, agents from the bureau’s Tampa, Florida, office came to Langley, where they questioned the CIA director about his secret email account. “For us the system was blinking red in the sense that we thought what we were uncovering was a top-down plot,” said Tenet. With unprecedented, deep access to nearly all these individuals plus several of their predecessors, Chris Whipple tells the story of an agency that answers to the United States president alone, but whose activities—spying, espionage, and covert action—take place on every continent. “Because killing noncombatants is a crime!” one CIA officer said to me privately. With unprecedented, deep access to nearly all these individuals plus several of their predecessors, Chris Whipple tells the story of an agency that answers to the United States president alone, but whose activities—spying, espionage, and covert action—take place on every continent. How could that be? It wasn’t all that long ago that he was writing PDBs and briefing them. * Upon becoming director, Gates had reached out to his old boss, Richard Helms, the iconic CIA director, then retired for twenty years. Barely more than a year had elapsed, during which Petraeus had recovered from that rocky start, when he was caught sharing top secret information with his biographer and lover; within days he’d resigned. But McLaughlin, one of those defenders, concedes, “There’s an answer to that, which is: Slavery worked too but it was still wrong.”, * Helms’s standing with LBJ improved markedly after war broke out in the Middle East in 1967. (“Some of the country’s greatest heroes were there,” Brennan told me, “but there were also people who thought the end justifies the means.”) Now Pompeo declared that the gloves were coming off; operatives would be left alone to do their jobs. But that is a skewed version of history. Posted on October 21, 2020 by Luke Ford. Hardcover. (function() { “I said, ‘Condi, I have to come see you.’ It was one of the rare times in my seven years as director where I said, ‘I have to come see you. Directors have balanced these sometimes opposing endeavors in different ways.

Those who RSVP will receive a reminder to join shortly before the program begins.. Roosevelt House presents a live Zoom discussion of The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future by Chris Whipple.In it, Whipple offers a revelatory behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to run the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. “He’s not a warm and fuzzy guy,” said a former top intelligence official. Later, aboard Air Force One, he summoned his CIA briefer, Michael Morell, to his cabin. The Marines have always been really good at it. Tenet presented to the Bush national security team an updated version of the Blue Sky paper, an aggressive paramilitary assault on the Afghan sanctuary.