Monday, June 15, 2009

Politics, analysts and operators

There was a fascinating and slightly unnerving interview with Kathryn Ryan and former CIA analyst and the head of US Intelligence and Security Academy, Mark Lowenthal this morning. OK, I wasn't expecting a lovey dove, but the claws on this hawk are sharp. His argument in favour of rendition, or "rendering a suspect to Justice" as he calls it, to avoid all that messing about with extradition is a jaw-dropper.

This spook is in the country to talk to the NZ Police.

If you're looking for a brief history of CIA hi-jinks, take a look at Bill Moyers' Secret Government, which was produced to provide context to Reagan and HW Bush's Iran Contra scandal in the 80's: