The CIA, ASIS and other so called secret service organisations clearly operate under a different set of ethics than what most of us use in our daily lives.
I wonder what my perspective would be if I was the Prime Minister of Australia and leant about the activities of various foreign and domestic powers that were trying to disrupt this country and cause harm. would I continue to support the operation of such secret organisations? Sadly, I suspect I would because if I didn't, I would have to believe what other countries and organisations told me without my own hopefully more independent research. It is interesting that I know of no incoming Prime Minister or President who has eliminated their inherited secret service organisation - does anyone know of such an instance?
The problem with this news article as I see it, and so many that are similar, is that it contains basically one fact; an Iranian nuclear scientist was killed by a bomb. Everything else is conjecture, or SPIN. Words used are ""I think the foreign intelligence agencies want to kill him in order to ...", "If the Iranian Government wanted ... not have assassinated in this way", "suggesting other (non-Western) forces may have been responsible", " Tehran's chief prosecutor implicated US and Israeli intelligence services.", " But pro-reform groups claim he had publicly supported the opposition movement in Iran, suggesting other forces may have been responsible." This article contains more statements implying that a "western" country was responsible, but it also contains one statement counter to this. On this basis, the article does not provide me with enough evidence to favour one over the other.
Do any of you recall the photoshopped photographs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan_Hajj_photographs_controversy
of Adnan Hajj? I also suspect similar things have been done by other intelligence agencies. These photoshopped images were used very effectively to turn much public opinion against Israel. It makes me very cynical about all such reports from all sides. Be careful, the media is used by all sides to manipulate opinion - and us.
There is no doubt that all secret service organisations as such have or still do murder when it is seen to help their cause. But I suspect, all of us would maintain a secret service organisation if we held the reins of power for our own country.
It always amuses me when one side calls the other 'evil'... we're all just as bad as each other...
... this I believe.