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Michael Morell’s intelligence officer nostalgia for the great post-9/11 panic

The veteran former CIA operative recalls the good old days after 9/11: “When I was standing in security lines at airports soon after 9/11, nobody was complaining. Now when I stand in security lines, people are complaining.”

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The veteran former CIA operative recalls the good old days after 9/11: “When I was standing in security lines at airports soon after 9/11, nobody was complaining. Now when I stand in security lines, people are complaining.”

Good for them. I may be reading too much into Morell’s comments, but when it comes to U.S. intelligence people after 9/11, I am not inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. There is just so much as yet undisclosed, so much evidence destroyed, so many lies still to be told.

On the upside, I think TSA behaves much better than it used to.

The veteran former CIA operative recalls the good old days after 9/11: “When I was standing in security lines at airports soon after 9/11, nobody was complaining. Now when I stand in security lines, people are complaining.”

Good for them. I may be reading too much into Morell’s comments, but when it comes to U.S. intelligence people after 9/11, I am not inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. There is just so much as yet undisclosed, so much evidence destroyed, so many lies still to be told.

On the upside, I think TSA behaves much better than it used to.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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