Yes, the CIA should have differnet rules than the military. The CIA has a different mission assigned to it by Title 50 of the United States Code. The CIA conducts covert operation that the governement can deny. You would not want the miliary to be able to conduct covert missions in foreign lands. The CIA is set up so that all thier mission can by deined by the governement, the United States Military is set up with strict civilian governement oversight. This means that no US troops can conduct operations in a foreign country without first receiving orders from the President of the United States via the Secertary of Defense. This means if a mission is exposed involving the use of military troop the governement can not deny its involement. Now I think the intent of your question was should the CIA and the military have differnet ethic rules since the main point of this blog was the GEN Petraeus story. Now I would like to think that the CIA could operate at the same level of ethical standards as the military, but in this world of crazy fanatics the logical side of me understands why the CIA should have a diffent code of conduct. The military is held to a higher standard for the same reason stated above. The militarys actions are a direct reflection of the Commander and Chief, POTUS. The CIA's actions are not a reflection of the POTUS, but only of the office chief to which the agents report. Now, as all this ethics and standards relate to GEN Petraeus, and this is my opinion as an Army Officer with 21 years of service. What he did as the Director of the CIA was grounds for his removal, because it gave the appearance that the director could be compromised. BUT!! The affair in no way should deminish the great things he did in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is human just like everyone else and makes personal mistakes.