Stop Second-Guessing The CIA

COMMENTARY It's Time to Bench 'Team B' Second-guessing the CIA has led the U.S. astray. By Lawrence Korb The reports of the Sept. 11 commission

COMMENTARY
It's Time to Bench 'Team B'
* Second-guessing the CIA has led the U.S. astray.

By Lawrence Korb

The reports of the Sept. 11 commission and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence missed the real problem facing the intelligence community, which is not organization or culture but something known as the "Team B" concept. And the real villains are the hard-liners who created the concept out of an unwillingness to accept the unbiased and balanced judgments of intelligence professionals.

The roots of the problem go back to May 6, 1976, when the director of Central Intelligence, George H.W. Bush, created the first Team B to assess a report his agency had done on Soviet strategic objectives


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