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  • Cindy Sheehan leads drone protest in Va. [Cheney's street]

    01/17/2010 3:28:59 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies · 1,131+ views ^ | January 17, 2010 | AP
    A group led by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan rallied Saturday near the CIA's headquarters and former Vice President Dick Cheney's home in Northern Virginia to protest the use of unmanned drone aircraft for attacks on al Qaeda and Taliban targets.
  • What the US knew about Al-Qaeda plot

    01/10/2010 11:38:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 739+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/10/10 | Dan De Luce
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US spy agencies in recent months picked up clues pointing to an Al-Qaeda attack out of Yemen and were moving to disrupt it, but a crucial piece of information fell through the cracks. Intelligence officials describe a trail of warning signs for the botched Christmas Day attack on a US-bound airliner dating back to August, when the National Security Agency reportedly intercepted chatter among Al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen. The NSA, which runs an elaborate global eavesdropping operation, heard conversations from Al-Qaeda figures describing a plot to recruit a Nigerian man for a terrorist attack, the New York...
  • Former CIA Head to Investigate US Security Breaches

    01/09/2010 9:11:06 AM PST · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 428+ views
    Voice of America ^ | January 9, 2010
    A former director of the CIA has been chosen to uncover how the U.S. failed to prevent the Christmas Day bombing attempt on a passenger plane, and the Fort Hood Army base shooting. National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said in a statement Friday John McLaughlin is "especially well-qualified" for the task... McLaughlin was the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency for four years, including during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He was also briefly the acting director of the CIA in 2004. He will head a team of national security experts to investigate the series of events that...
  • Could The CIA Have Achieved What al-Qaeda Did? [CIA IS Broken: Fire Leon Panetta]

    01/09/2010 10:22:16 AM PST · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 487+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | January 09th 2010
    Could The CIA Have Achieved What al-Qaeda Did? The audacious al-Qaeda attack in Khost, Afghanistan and the failures to detect the Detroit bomb plot are indications of a broken CIA, writes Toby Harnden in Washington Toby Harnden 09 Jan 2010 At the George Bush Center for Intelligence – better known as CIA headquarters – in Langley, Virginia there is a crisis of confidence. Last week, seven of its personnel returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware in flag-draped coffins. They were killed in an audacious attack in which a triple agent detonated a suicide bomb as he was debriefed...
  • CIA Director Defends Agency in Suicide Attack [Mr. Panetta, Put Country First And Resign!]

    01/09/2010 12:01:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies · 697+ views
    FoxNews ^ | January 09th 2010
    January 09, 2010 CIA Director Defends Agency in Suicide Attack CIA Director Leon Panetta says the Jordanian man who killed seven CIA employees and himself in a bombing in Afghanistan was about to be searched before the explosion. The bomber was cultivated by the CIA in the fight against Al Qaeda, but apparently was a double agent. Panetta writes in Sunday's Washington Post that it wasn't a question of trusting a potential intelligence source and that no one ignored the potential danger in dealing with this man. Panetta, whose article was posted on the newspaper's Web site Saturday, says the...
  • CIA, Counterterrorism Execs Managed Bomb Crisis from Afar

    01/07/2010 8:03:37 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 76 replies · 2,575+ views
    CBS ^ | Thursday January 7, 2010 | Daniel Farber
    It could be said that the U.S. government can run by remote control. On the day that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up a Northwest airline flight headed for Detroit, several key government players were on holiday and didn't immediately return to their posts in Washington, D.C. President Obama was on vacation in Hawaii, golfing and enjoying time with his family. He returned to the White House on Jan. 4. A source told CBS News that Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, was on holiday in Monterey, Calif. when Abdulmutallab was apprehended, and didn't return to CIA headquarters in...
  • What CIA Has To Learn After Khost Bombing

    01/07/2010 6:05:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 463+ views ^ | January 7, 2010 | DAVID IGNATIUS
    In terms of loss of life, the bombing of the CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan, may be the costliest mistake in the agency's history. So it's important to look carefully for clues about how it happened, and lessons for the future. CIA veterans cite a series of warning signs that the agency wasn't paying enough attention to the counterintelligence threat posed by al-Qaida. These danger signals weren't addressed because the agency underestimated its adversary and overestimated its own skills and those of its allies. The time to fix these problems is now — not with a spasm of second-guessing that...
  • President Obama: No more 'finger-pointing'

    01/05/2010 12:47:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies · 1,819+ views
    President Obama: No more 'finger-pointing' By: Josh Gerstein and Carol E. Lee January 5, 2010 03:30 AM EST President Barack Obama will deliver a stern warning to his appointees at a meeting Tuesday afternoon that he won’t tolerate efforts by the CIA, the State Department and others to shift blame for the recent intelligence foul-up to other parts of the government, said spokesman Robert Gibbs. “We are going to move beyond agency finger-pointing,” Gibbs told reporters. “The president will not find acceptable a response where everybody gets in a circle and points at someone else. The American people won’t accept...
  • CIA to Obama: Quit blaming us

    01/03/2010 7:37:39 PM PST · by HokieMom · 44 replies · 1,786+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/3/10 | J.P. Freire
    After the single most deadly day for the CIA since eight officers were killed in Beirut in 1983, an official tells the Daily Mail he's tired of the double standard: One day the President is pointing the finger and blaming the intelligence services, saying there is a systemic failure,’ said one agency official. ‘Now we are heroes. The fact is that we are doing everything humanly possible to stay on top of the security situation. The deaths of our operatives shows just how involved we are on the ground.’ But CIA bosses claim they were unfairly blamed at a time...
  • Spy chiefs turn on President Obama after seven CIA agents are slaughtered in Afghanistan

    01/03/2010 12:50:12 PM PST · by Skepolitic · 194 replies · 4,699+ views
    Mail Online (Daily Mail UK) ^ | 02 January 2010 | David Gardner
    Spy chiefs turn on President Obama after seven CIA agents are slaughtered in Afghanistan By David Gardner excerpt: Barack Obama was accused of double standards yesterday in his treatment of the CIA. The President paid tribute to secret agents after seven of them were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. In a statement, he said the CIA had been ‘tested as never before’ and that agents had ‘served on the front lines in directly confronting the dangers of the 21st century’. He lauded the victims as ‘part of a long line of patriots who have made great sacrifices for...
  • Spy chiefs turn on President Obama after seven CIA agents are slaughtered in Afghanistan

    01/02/2010 8:51:30 AM PST · by opentalk · 114 replies · 3,798+ views
    dailymail UK ^ | 2nd January 2010 | David Gardner
    Barack Obama was accused of double standards yesterday in his treatment of the CIA. The President paid tribute to secret agents after seven of them were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. In a statement, he said the CIA had been ‘tested as never before’ and that agents had ‘served on the front lines in directly confronting the dangers of the 21st century’. He lauded the victims as ‘part of a long line of patriots who have made great sacrifices for their fellow citizens and for our way of life’. Yet the previous day he had blasted ‘systemic failures’...
  • Another Obama-CIA rift as POTUS deflects blame from self, DNI and appointees

    01/02/2010 2:07:26 PM PST · by Starman417 · 62 replies · 2,775+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-02-10 | Mataharley
    While the painstaking process of unearthing the "systematic failures" of intelligence on the "underwear bomber" continues, Obama again performs on script. Just as he's done with virtually every past crises - and always while armed with only the bare essentials of information - the now infamous POTUS finger of blame moves away from anyone remotely connected with Obama, his decisions or performance of his appointees, and falls once again on his favorite scapegoat, the CIA. And the CIA spy chiefs are none to happy about the accusations. It seemed especially harsh when, in an apparent moment of political expedience, Obama...
  • Fmr. CIA Operative Wayne Simmons Outraged Obama Would Transfer Gitmo Detainees to Yemen (Fox video)

    01/01/2010 9:37:11 AM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 26 replies · 1,305+ views
    The pressure on Obama continues to build! Wayne Simmons says the “catch and release” policy of the administration has reduced CIA morale to a level he describes as “pathetic, low, horrible.” Here’s the Video Link
  • Afghanistan Suicide Bomber May Have Been Helped by CIA Informant

    01/01/2010 6:21:13 AM PST · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 639+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 1, 2010 | Anand Gopal
    KABUL--The suicide bomber who killed eight Americans, including seven CIA officers, this week might have been able to get through multiple layers of security at the U.S. compound aided by an Afghan informant with the agency, a Western official said Friday. If this is true, it suggests insurgents had turned the tables on the CIA and been able to place their own agents close to the facility the CIA used to cultivate informants.On Wednesday, CIA officials had invited the attacker onto the base with the hopes of recruiting him as an informant. They used an Afghan intermediary to arrange the...
  • Taliban kills seven CIA agents

    12/31/2009 10:05:37 PM PST · by Frantzie · 13 replies · 703+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 12-31-2009 | Toby Harnden
    The bombing, just as President Barack Obama's surge is gathering pace, represented the biggest loss of life suffered by the US intelligence agency since an attack in Beirut in 1983. The CIA said on Thursday a further six agents had been injured in the attack. Claiming credit for the attack, a Taliban spokesman said the bomber was "an Afghan national army officer wearing a suicide vest".
  • AP Sources: CIA Base Chief Killed In Attack [Sen. Reid, Is This War Lost?]

    12/31/2009 10:26:15 AM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies · 1,146+ views
    AP Report ^ | December 31, 2009
    AP Sources: CIA Base Chief Killed In Attack By PAMELA HESS and ADAM GOLDMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON – The CIA said Thursday that seven of its employees were killed and six others wounded in a suicide bombing at a base in Afghanistan. The Associated Press has learned that one of them was the chief of the CIA's post in Afghanistan's southeastern Khost Province. CIA Director Leon Panetta said in a message to agency staff that the casualties sustained in Wednesday's strike at Forward Operating Base Chapman were the result of a terrorist attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing....
  • Afghan Suicide Bomber Killed C.I.A. Operatives

    12/30/2009 9:27:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies · 1,013+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/30/09 | ALISSA J. RUBIN and MARK MAZZETTI
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest killed at least eight American civilians, most of them C.I.A. officers, at a remote base in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to NATO officials and former American intelligence officials. The attack at the C.I.A. base, Forward Operating Base Chapman, in Khost Province appeared to be the single deadliest episode for the spy agency in the eight years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It also dealt a significant blow to the often insular, tight-knit organization, which has lost only 90 officers in the line of duty since its founding in...
  • Attacks kill 8 purported CIA employees, 5 Canadians in Afghanistan

    12/30/2009 6:21:12 PM PST · by 82ndABNOfficer · 20 replies · 1,983+ views
    CNN ^ | Dec 30 2009 | Alta Abawi
    Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A senior U.S. official tells CNN that the attack at a military base in eastern Afghanistan by a suicide bomber Wednesday killed eight Americans believed to be CIA employees.
  • CIA's Abdulmutallab Info Not High Priority (Fathers reporting their terrorist sons don't count)

    12/30/2009 5:57:19 PM PST · by tobyhill · 10 replies · 375+ views
    CBS ^ | 12/30/2009 | Pat Milton
    Sources tell CBS News that it appears the CIA information on "the Nigerian" was limited including his actual identity because it was coming from sub-sourcing. That means the information was one or two steps removed from the origin source who had contact with Abdulmutallab or who eyeballed him associating with individuals with suspected or known links to al Qaeda. The sub-source apparently told the CIA that the person of interest dubbed "the Nigerian" held extremist views, had the ability to travel outside the region, and was being embraced and groomed by those who ascribe to al Qaeda. Information provided by...
  • CIA rejects charge it failed to share bomb suspect intelligence

    12/30/2009 9:39:01 AM PST · by pissant · 103 replies · 3,433+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 12/30/09 | staff
    The CIA on Wednesday rejected accusations that it failed to share vital information with other US intelligence agencies that might have helped prevent last week's attempted plane bomb attack. The intelligence agency rejected charges that it possessed, but failed to disseminate, information about Nigerian suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab that might have led to his being placed on a no-fly list. "We learned of Abdulmutallab in November, when his father came to the US embassy in Nigeria and sought help in finding him. We did not have his name before then," said CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano. "Also in November, we worked...