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Approved For Release 2009/06/04: CIA-RDP05SO062OR000200470057-7 Halloween Massacre By Smith Hemp.ftme WASHINGTON CIA Director Stansfield Turner has accomplished in less than a year what the Kremlin has been unable to achieve in 30 years of Cold War: the shattering of the morale of his own agency's top- secret Directorate of Operations. In his memo DDO-77-6855, dated Oct. 7, CIA Deputy Director for Operations William W. Wells inform- ed the 4,500 officers of the agency's clandestine services, which handle covert operations such as espionage, counterespionage and political and Para-military operations, that they faced a two-stage purge that will reduce their ranks by nearly 20 per- cent within the next'IS months. In his memo, Wells admitted that- "there is no easy way to accomplish this reduction of personnel," and conceded that among the spies to be kicked out into the cold were "a number of inci eiuals" who have made "a vialuable contribution" to the agency add the security of the United States. ACCORDING TO the Wells memo, those to be forced out of the CIA were lob? selected on the basis of their past seven year's standing rated by yebrly evaluation boards conducted by the agency's Career Manager nt Staff (CMS). These boards are cotnpp"d of officers two grades sedoft0 those being rated. Undera d6hous point system de- veloped by the CMS, a senior CIA agent who Musa fbached supergrade rank.and lived i1ptohis potential has almost no way, Of avoiding vulnera- bility to. the dense: the only three ways an officer can acculate positive points to wigebtifany negative ones is by havingble promoted in fiscal years I979.of177,or being evaluated as having hloest potential" or "may.deVdb) lW Potential," all of which aril',unafely for any officer much over 50. The first 198t{A agents got their pink Nips hi 0, itttpublicized Hallo- ween Maeacse'of 00 31, and will leave the agq{tcyip}tMerch I (two of them. are tthrreatdfing class-action suits). Another 822 clandestine oper- atives will ' their .walking papers by June 1; aabbe but by the end of next year, pD6-778855, Wells warns that. if.t re normal attrition fate factored into Toner's planning should lag, "additional employees" of the Operatittj Directorate will be fired in 1978. ' WELLS,?kCAREER CIA officer, is not the villain-fA this weakening of our country's security. Aiehitect of a Will flea' ca("Rusty = trW a ,3 loagtpne special assistant to the 53-yedroid 31riner William and Turner 1 port were urged on by David aslaott'o the Nation) Security Council a former Mondale aide and staff member of the Church Comptittee',[titbt cut up the CIA in 1975. There is, bftnttfbe, sbmething to be said for thinning out the senior ranks of sof-fgganiration to avoid ha delting Of t1tP bUreOucratic arter. ies and to rankkf,~J100m at the top for younger men. .'frIat officers of the Di- rectorate tit l'ldaj*ftOd1 since 1984 havebeep Ably to rethe at 70 percent of their PRY it age 50 after five years of hazat+StlYr service would seem to indicate that *any -burned-out cases'' were anticipated. Yet acc ' Ordft mat labs[ one CIA sburoe Who being dismissed, astEte,tttq next year's purge of the Directorate of Operations could well cause the collapse of some vital U.S. spy networks in Europe and the Middle East. IN FAIRNESS to the Queeg-like Turner, it has to be said that his two immediate predecessors, William Colby and George Bush, also were committed to deemphasizing the clandestine! services in favor of tech- nological intelligence-gathering de- vices such as satellites and elec- tronic iateibepts. In part, this was no more than recognition of the advances made by science in this area. But it was also linked to a post-Vietnam, poet. Watergate revulsion for covert opst- atidns such as the "destabilization" of the Allende regime in Chile. But if the "cowboys" who gradu- ated from Gen. "Wild Bill" DO- novan's wartime Office of Strata c Services into the CIA had their fau s of excess, technology also has its li- mits. IN SHORT, what the United States needs is a balanced intelli- gence capability. It needs satellites and electronic intercepts, historians and physicists, psychologists and soil exports. But the United States also needs tough, dedicated clandestine opera- tives willing and able to go out into the backalleys of the world to play the dangerous and sometimes dirty game forced on us by our enemies. Admiral Turner and his coterie of black-shoe Nary men may be right in what they're trying to do. But they're certainly wrong in the way they're going about it. If a cut-back is desirable, it ought to be phased over a longer period. And men who have given years of brave and honorable service to this country deserve something more than a two-sentence pink slip telling them their careers are at amend. Berry's World come the federal govemmenl' subsidizes tobacco growing?" Approved For Release 2009/06/04: CIA-RDP05SO062OR000200470057-7