When I think CIA, I think of retinal scan security, laser technology weapons, hundreds of passports and identities, and whatever else the media feeds me. I'm a human being, what can I say?
But when I read news about anything CIA-related, it's big hype. Just like Raymond Davis, currently held in Pakistan - illegally or legally, I don't really know.
Apparently, he's not an agent, but a protector of U.S. officials. The U.S. government insists that he maintains diplomatic immunity because he is part of the "staff" at the United States Embassy in Islamabad. If, indeed, Davis works for the Embassy, in accordance with the Vienna Convention of 1961, he must be offered diplomatic immunity in order to perform his duty - which, supposedly, is to "protect case officers when they meet with sources," according to NPR. Of course, the United States is going to bring out the BIG GUNS...not literally. We're going to threaten Pakistan and say we'll cut off our billions of dollars of funding if Davis isn't released - that's how it always works, no?
All governments do shady things, and I, personally, believe that the United States government should do whatever it takes to put the safety of OUR nation first. (I'm reminded of the West Wing episode where the President approves a clandestine assassination of a foreign minister.) So, if Davis is actually an agent doing reconnaissance on militant groups, so be it. I won't hold that against him.