Current employees of both the CIA and NSA say privately that morale is in the pits as the agencies struggle to comply with Bush’s secret programs that require them to monitor the daily lives of many Americans.
Resignations from both agencies, along with departures from the FBI, are at all-time highs and those who leave talk of a “corruption” of their mission by a White House that ignores laws designed to protect the freedoms of Americans.
“These people signed up to serve their country,” says political scientist George Harleigh, who worked in the Nixon and Reagan White Houses and has many contacts within the intelligence community. “They see the programs authorized by the President as service not to the county but to the corrupt ideals of one man. Those are often orders that people of conscience cannot follow.”
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