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There’s increasing speculation that CIA Director George Tenet’s job may be in jeopardy if the U.S. doesn’t find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Perhaps the CIA has been more preoccupied with other matters. The CIA web site has a section on “Diversity in the CIA” that emphasizes the agency’s involvement with ANGLE, which stands for the Agency Network for Gay and Lesbian Employees. This is “an outreach of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans-gendered employees providing internal networking support and education to the overall Agency regarding issues relating to sexual orientation and the workplace.”

This year, however, there was no special event at the agency honoring Gay Pride Month. A CIA spokesman told us that the ANGLE group did not organize an event this year because it has been focusing on internal policies at the CIA that affect them. June 12 was celebrated by the group last year, and in 2000 it held an event featuring Congressman Barney Frank, who was reprimanded by the House years ago for his association with a gay prostitute.

Tenet has a statement on the CIA web site that declares, “I regard our diversity as a powerful tool that can help us meet the intelligence challenges of the coming century.” Tenet has made advancing diversity an important part of his Strategic Direction planning. He is determined to increase the CIA’s diversity and “to use the many talents of the men and women who are already with us to optimum advantage.”

That sounds rather strange in light of the fact that “diversity” is the concept that helped bring on the Jayson Blair scandal at the New York Times. When the Times put too much emphasis on diversity, its journalistic product suffered. Perhaps the CIA and other government agencies have suffered in their missions by emphasizing diversity over doing the jobs they are assigned to do, such as protecting the American people from terrorism and finding weapons of mass destruction.

Promoting diversity at the CIA has meant giving rights to the “transgendered.” On that note, the Cinemax Cable channel celebrated Gay Pride Month by airing “No Dumb Questions,” a film about “transgender pride” that features daughters ages 6, 9 and 11 learning why and how their Uncle Bill is becoming Aunt Barbara. Rep. Porter J. Goss, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a CIA operative in the 1960s, has said that he is ambivalent about openly homosexual intelligence officers. Goss said, “I’m not going to make a moral judgment whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing.”

But the transgender aspect to “gay pride” puts this whole push for diversity at the CIA into an even more ludicrous light. Can anybody imagine a man dressed like a woman making an effective CIA agent? This is all possible today because President Bill Clinton signed an executive order in August 1995 prohibiting the denial of security clearances “solely on the basis of the sexual orientation of the employee.” Hillary Clinton’s new book is full of references to how wonderful diversity is. The media ? and George Tenet — agree with her.

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