‘Homeland’ and reality: Carrie at Langley
Tom Ricks shares a passage from Robert Grenier’s 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary.
So I was idly paging through Robert Grenier’s 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary, which comes out soon, when this passage, about the Bin Laden unit at CIA (that is, “Alec Station”) jumped out at me:
“I vividly recall an occasion when one of the senior Alec people made a terrorist threat presentation to Director Goss at one of our regular five o’clock briefings. She started out calmly enough, but as she warmed to her subject, she began to rock, forward and back, rhythmically in cadence with her speech . . . A few minutes later, still rocking, she began to embellish each ‘sir’ with a sharp rap of her knuckles on the conferences table. I wasn’t sure what to do. I thought she must he coming unglued. . . . I pulled my chief of operations aside. He had arranged the briefers . . .
‘What the hell?’ I said. ‘We can’t put her in front of the Director!’
He smiled. ‘Don’t worry about it, Chief. . . . We’ll get her back on her medication.’”
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