POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL
This is silly, a press release effectively from CIA.
CIA is using the term "family jewels" to make it seem it is an open and accountable organization.
Nothing is further from the truth.
Many of the CIA's most sensitive files on activities - especially coups and assassinations - have never been opened, even though they were supposed to be according to the age rules.
It was only a few years ago that CIA suppressed the release of files from the 1950s on one of its coups in Central America.
The critical files on the Kennedy assassination have never been opened, just all the tons of relatively insignificant details.
Any serious student of the assassination knows what I am talking about, such as the CIA observation photos of Oswald entering and leaving the Mexico City Cuban embassy.
Only a wrong photo and lame excuses have ever been offered. And that's just one of dozens of facts about which the CIA has never revealed what it knows.
CIA is a dangerous organization, bloated with money and having little accountability.
It fails its basic obligations all too often, as in 9/11. Today, it is focused on dirty operations all over the world which have nothing to do with intelligence per se.
Of course, rarely discussed is the fact that 9/11 itself was CIA "blowback," the nickname for unintended consequences of its own operations.