In a wide-ranging interview with the Wall Street Journal, departing CIA Director John Brennan said he wants his legacy to be the work he did to advance the LGBTQ community.Good for Brennan. What I suspect is that he found out that the best people were not always in the right spots due to prejudice and discrimination against LGBT operatives. Brennan wanted to redress some past wrongs while, at the same time, improving the agency's capabilities.
“During his tenure he has put particular emphasis on promoting the interests of gay, lesbian, and transgender officers,” the Journal reported. “He was the first CIA director to attend an annual social gathering of LGBTQ employees and has been known to wear a rainbow lanyard around the office as a symbol of solidarity.
There was a time when suspected homosexuals were considered a security risk and ousted from the agency on the premise that they could be blackmailed by a foreign power. It was something of a self-propelled policy. If they weren't dismissed for being gay then they could not be blackmailed and that is eventually what happened. Same thing at State.
This does not sit well with the Unification Church. The cult — and let us not forget that it is a cult — is exceptionally intolerant, espousing conversion therapy. For a time they were apparently subsidizing Richard Cohen's reparative “therapy” enterprise.
…the CIA has had some big misses under Mr. Brennan, and the agency has grown more political, as witnessed through the many leaks against Mr. Trump in recent weeks.I am not sure what those “big misses” were and Riddell does not explain further. Moreover, Ms. Riddell has no information or evidence that those leaks came from the CIA — something that Brennan has denied. Stating opinion as fact is substandard journalism. In any event the policy that Riddell doesn't like seems to be associated with diversity. The CIA, like all federal agencies, will continue to be a policy maker under Mr. Pompeo if confirmed. He will decide if gay employees will continue to be treated fairly as well as women and other minorities. The culture of the agency will change in accordance with Pompeo's policies.
It’s time to restore the CIA from policymaker to information provider.
It's a simple correlation. Being an effective information gatherer, curator and analyst requires personnel policies that effect the best productivity from employees of the agency.