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CIA suspends chief of Iran operations over workplace issues
Los Angeles Times ^ | March 16, 2014 | Ken Dilanian

Posted on 03/17/2014 2:08:11 AM PDT by blueplum

Veteran officer Jonathan Bank is placed on leave amid a rebellion against his management style, current and former officials say.

WASHINGTON — The CIA's chief of Iran operations was placed on paid administrative leave and sent home from agency headquarters after an internal investigation found he had created an abusive and hostile work environment that put a crucial division in disarray, according to current and former officials.

Officers and analysts in the Iran operations division, which coordinates spying on Iran and its nuclear program, were informed at a meeting last week at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., of the decision to suspend Jonathan Bank, a veteran officer and member of the senior intelligence service...

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TOPICS: Egypt; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bhocia; bhomiddleeast; egypt; iran; iraq; israel; jonathanbank; jonathanbanks; lebanon; malaysia; mh370; russia; syria; waronterror
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1 posted on 03/17/2014 2:08:11 AM PDT by blueplum
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To: blueplum

He probably opposed workplace sodomy breaks. That type of intolerance is not acceptable in today’s America.


2 posted on 03/17/2014 2:12:56 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: blueplum
The chief question which should concern us is whether this is a personality problem or a policy problem. The CIA wants the world to think that it is a personality problem which might indicate a systemic breakdown as alleged in the paragraph which says:

According to a Los Angeles Times report in July, an internal CIA workplace survey in 2009 found that those who left the spy agency frequently cited bad management as a factor, particularly in the clandestine service. In interviews, former officers said they felt poor managers suffered no consequences.

But what if the problem is not a personnel problem, not even a systemic personnel problem, but a policy problem which is being held out to the public to be a personnel problem? A policy problem indicates that there is a rift at the highest levels of the CIA over the proper policy toward Iran at a time when Iran is getting ever closer to a nuclear bomb. Is the rift between a professional CIA core and a left wing administration over the ongoing policy of appeasing Iran?

If so, we have a very serious problem indeed.

It is a problem, if it exists, made all the more difficult because of the necessity to maintain secrecy in a secret organization. Yet, a democracy demands some sort of oversight and that, typically, would fall on special committees in the Congress. But can we rely on Senate Democrats? Certainly not.

Can we comfortably rely on House Republicans?

I let the reader judge.


3 posted on 03/17/2014 2:29:13 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: blueplum

This is John Kerry creating a scapegoat for his collapsing Iran initiative. He gave them everything they wanted and came away with squat.


4 posted on 03/17/2014 2:30:24 AM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: Cowboy Bob
That was my first thought also.

People in authority should HAVE the authority to BE an authority.

In my 1965-67 Army, it didn't matter WHAT you thought about ANYthing.

Just frickin' DO it !!!

And we didn't say frickin', neither

5 posted on 03/17/2014 2:52:22 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: nathanbedford

Or what if the jet went there, as the Israelis think.


6 posted on 03/17/2014 3:03:02 AM PDT by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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To: nathanbedford

To your point on whether this is a personality or policy issue...

Based on the non existent rack record of government reining in abusive, incompetent, unprofessional power mad little tyrants....

I’d go with policy....


7 posted on 03/17/2014 3:05:21 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: blueplum

It sure seems like the Obama administration is hell-bent on seeing Iran rising.


8 posted on 03/17/2014 3:17:15 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: blueplum

Pretty hard to get fired from a government job. Maybe selective enforcement to fill a position with a political ally.


9 posted on 03/17/2014 4:11:54 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Starve the RINOs: Not one dollar, not one vote.)
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To: blueplum

Recipe For More Liberal Destruction: A politically correct spy agency.

Are covert agents to be selected on the basis of Affirmative Action and to meet quotas for race, sex and homosexualism?


10 posted on 03/17/2014 4:54:18 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: nathanbedford; maggief

He has one be flaw, he is effective, they threw him under the bus to make the Paky’s happy. Disgusting

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/27/cia-officer-pakistan-imran-khan-party


11 posted on 03/17/2014 5:34:21 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: blueplum

Reads like a future “Homeland” episode.


12 posted on 03/17/2014 5:36:44 AM PDT by kenmcg
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To: blueplum

This guy was too effective.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party named a man it claimed was head of the CIA station in Islamabad in a letter to police demanding he be nominated as one of the people responsible for a drone strike on 21 November, which killed five militants including senior commanders of the Haqqani Network.

The US embassy said it could not comment but was looking into the matter. The CIA spokesman Dean Boyd would not confirm the station chief’s name and declined to immediately comment, AP reported.

If his identity is confirmed it will be the second time anti-drone campaigners have unmasked a top US spy in Pakistan.

In 2010 another CIA station chief, Jonathan Banks, was named in criminal proceedings initiated after a drone strike. Banks was forced to leave the country.

As with the Banks case, questions will be raised about how the PTI came to know the identity of the top US intelligence official in the country.

Although nearly all foreign spies in Pakistan use diplomatic cover stories to hide their occupation, many, including station chiefs, are declared to the country’s domestic spy agency.

The letter signed by the PTI spokeswoman Shireen Mazari demanded the named agent be prevented from leaving the country so that he could be arrested. The PTI said it hoped he would reveal “through interrogation” the names of the remote pilots who operated the drone.

“CIA station chief is not a diplomatic post, therefore he does not enjoy any diplomatic immunity and is within the bounds of domestic laws of Pakistan,” the letter said.

The accusation comes at a time when drones have once again become a matter of intense controversy in Pakistan

Per: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/27/cia-officer-pakistan-imran-khan-party


13 posted on 03/17/2014 6:21:55 AM PDT by tired&retired
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He was opposed to the policies of our Pakistani loving President. Remember, the place he visited with his friends while in college when it was illegal for US citizens to go there.


14 posted on 03/17/2014 6:23:48 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: nathanbedford; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...
Everyone please read nathanbedford's excellent take on the situation.

Perhaps Iranian borne VayJay has something to do with this?

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

15 posted on 03/17/2014 8:07:40 AM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: null and void; nathanbedford

The odds are pretty good that their assessment is correct.


16 posted on 03/17/2014 9:09:02 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: null and void

Read yesterday that Val Jarrett is probably dating former NBC Sports guy Ahmad Rashad?


17 posted on 03/17/2014 9:31:37 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

That poor man!


18 posted on 03/17/2014 9:35:00 AM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: blueplum

Since when do they publize such decisions widely...unless the intent is to thoroughly discredit him ahead of future punditry or authorship?


19 posted on 03/17/2014 9:49:12 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: null and void

Since people were criminally charged with leaking Palme’s name during the Bush administration, which has no one been charged here?

The thugocracy continues a pace


20 posted on 03/17/2014 12:35:16 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: nathanbedford

My take on it is he wouldn’t turn a blind eye to hussein’s aiding and abetting our enemies so was shown the door. His departure will lead to a muslim brotherhood replacement.


21 posted on 03/17/2014 1:08:59 PM PDT by bgill
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To: nathanbedford

A serious fundamental policy problem seems to me to be a very good call. Major personality flaws usually don’t appear overnight. And one would think an asset with such extensive foreign service experience and knowledge would be quietly reassigned to desk flying in order to retain the same if a major personality issue existed. Instead, he’s double-outed in an air of embarrassment. I just hope Banks is a steadfast, loyal to America right or wrong, kinda guy. Now, I don’t know what the mainstream Repubs will do about the state of affairs, but here’s hoping some of our Tea Party electees can man the broom and get past the layers of dirt.


22 posted on 03/17/2014 1:47:40 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: null and void

Iranian-born VaJayJay?


23 posted on 03/17/2014 3:24:48 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: blueplum

Curiouser and curiouser..


24 posted on 03/17/2014 7:12:30 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: blueplum

Why the hell do we know this? The evening news reads like a gossip column.


25 posted on 03/17/2014 7:14:09 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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