The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. ~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of DarknessThe sunlight is harsh. It is hard to face the evil you do in the darkness where you are told you can do anything. Such people rebel when told they must step into the light so their deeds may be seen by the world.
The CIA's blackest agents, the National Clandestine Service, hidden as they are in the heart of darkness, are terrified by the prospects that their actions will become known. Revealing the truth will hurt their morale, we are told. What was secret must remain secret lest we hurt their feelings.
This is not for your eyes. ~ Pinhead, Hellraiser 1987Although not all intelligence professionals are afraid of the light. Many, I dare say most, support the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity in their efforts to have Bush Administration torture policies investigated. They realize that it is only the criminals and the psychopaths who fear the truth.
Digby has an interesting history of the CIA.
USAToday has a debate between Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel