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CIA Conspiracy Theorist

Michael Scheuer knows where America's real covert intelligence threat comes from--Israel.

11:00 PM, Feb 15, 2005 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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In offering his appraisal of Israel's clandestine activities, Scheuer told the CFR audience that he wished "our clandestine service could do as well." Indeed, reforming this nation's clandestine service is a top priority for the new director of Central Intelligence, Porter Goss. But as Goss moves forward with his reformation of the CIA, perhaps we can get a better understanding of the challenges he faces by remembering Scheuer's views on the U.S.-Israeli relationship. If his opinions are widely held by other members of the CIA, then Goss has more work to do than any of us previously imagined.

Thomas Joscelyn is an economist who works on antitrust and security issues.