HIGHTOWER: Spy Agency "Reform"

Former President Gerald Ford once said, "Things are more like they are now than they have ever been."Sounds like someone was fooling with Gerry's dimmer-switch again, doesn't it?Still, one reason things always seem the same in Washington, only more so, is that hardly anything ever really changes. Take the CIA, the DIA, the NSA and our various other so-called "Intelligence" agencies. These clandestine, information-pooperscoopers roam the globe spying on our enemies, our allies, each other and even on us, often demonstrating a level of sophistication rarely seen outside a Marx Brothers movie.So you'll be delighted to know that yet another "Commission on the U.S. Intelligence Community" has issued yet another report giving the whole gang a big-fat F-minus. These spook agencies, which soak-up some 28 billion of our tax dollars every year and have some 60,000 employees doing God knows what, were found to be bloated with incompetents, run by managers unqualified to manage, lacking most modern technologies, unsure of what they should be doing and chronically disorganized.The Commission made a bunch of nifty recommendations, which our Congress will make a big show of considering, then will quietly escort any recommendation for real change down into the deepest, darkest recess of the Capitol ...and strangle it to death.Sure enough, the House chair of the intelligence committee has already rushed-out his plan to "reorganize" the government's espionage empire, moving lots of furniture and bodies around -- but not touching its bloated budget, shrinking its size one person or dealing with the fact that without the Soviets and the Cold War, there is not nearly so much need for spying as there once was.Watch for a flurry of activity in Washington, but as Ernest Hemingway put it: "Never mistake motion for action."

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