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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...
  • U.S. Knew of Airline Terror Plot Before Christmas

    12/30/2009 7:44:29 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 84 replies · 2,966+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/30/09 | Unknown
    The U.S. government had intelligence from Yemen before Christmas that leaders of a branch of Al Qaeda there were talking about "a Nigerian" being prepared for a terrorist attack, the New York Times reported Tuesday. A senior official told the Times that President Obama was told in a private meeting Tuesday while vacationing in Hawaii that the government had a variety of information in its possession before the failed bombing on a Detroit-bound flight last week that would have been a clear warning sign had it been shared among intelligence agencies. The newspaper said the information did not include the...
  • Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A

    12/11/2009 4:06:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies · 1,116+ views
    Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A. By JAMES RISEN and MARK MAZZETTI WASHINGTON — Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.’s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and the transporting of detainees, according to former company employees and intelligence officials. The raids against suspects occurred on an almost nightly basis during the height of the Iraqi insurgency from 2004 to 2006, with Blackwater personnel playing central roles in what company insiders called “snatch and grab” operations, the former employees...
  • Dem senator: Americans who don’t want KSM tried in civilian court can “go somewhere else”

    11/25/2009 3:40:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1,909+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Nov. 25, 2009 | Allahpundit
    A new one from CNS featuring Kent Conrad, who’ll be spared a “worst person in the world” award on Olbermann’s show for this bit o’ demagoguery solely by virtue of his party affiliation. Consider this a sequel to Lindsey Graham’s grilling of Holder last week: In both cases, we’ve got a Democrat who’s (a) absolutely confident that civilian trials are the way to go and (b) plainly unprepared to address the rather significant constitutional implications of his preference. The search warrant question here is bait but the underlying point isn’t: FrumForum interviewed former FBI and CIA agents to get their...
  • CIA's Panetta arrives in Pakistan

    11/20/2009 8:44:12 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 15 replies · 329+ views
    upi via email, no link | 11/20/09
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- CIA Director Leon Panetta arrived in Pakistan Friday to discuss the issue of the location of the leadership of the Taliban with security officials. Panetta was to meet with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and top military and intelligence officials, Pakistan's The National newspaper reported. He is expected to discuss issues related to the leadership of the Taliban believed to be hiding in the tribal border regions along the Afghan border. Pakistani officials denied claims the leadership is in the area, the report said.
  • Officials: U.S. Aware of Hasan Efforts to Contact al Qaeda

    11/09/2009 4:15:57 AM PST · by Saije · 203 replies · 7,039+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11/9/2009 | Richard Esposito
    U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News. It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al Qaeda figures, the officials said. One senior lawmaker said the CIA had, so far, refused to brief the intelligence committees on what, if any, knowledge they had about Hasan's efforts. CIA director Leon Panetta and the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis...
  • Dems say CIA may have misled Congress 5 times (*BDS BARF ALERT*)

    10/28/2009 2:20:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies · 572+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/2009 | Jared Allen
    The CIA may have misled Congress at least five times since 2001, two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday. Intelligence subcommittee Chairwomen Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) are leading an investigation into what they described as a practice of incomplete and often misleading intelligence briefings, which arose in the wake of CIA Director Leon Panetta’s June 24 admission that intelligence officials failed to notify Congress about a top-secret program to assassinate al Qaeda leaders.
  • Cheney Accuses Obama of 'Libel' Against CIA Interrogators

    10/21/2009 5:48:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 148 replies · 6,144+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | Amanda Carpenter
    Maintaining his stature as one of the most forceful defenders of the Bush Administration's defense policies former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Obama of committing "libel" against CIA interrorgators on Wednesday. Mr. Cheney’s criticized the Obama White House in a wide-ranging address on foreign policy matters for abandoning commitments to allies in Poland and the Czech Republic in favor of the Russians, sacrificing American intelligence officials to satisfy the political left and "dithering" on taking action in Afghanistan, among other things. The speech, delivered to the Center for Security Policy, comes as the White House considers U.S. Commander of...
  • New York Federal Judge Denies Request For CIA Secret Documents

    10/17/2009 8:38:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 1,338+ views
    Global Security ^ | 10/01/2009 | Carolyn Weaver
    A U.S. federal judge has ruled that hundreds of documents detailing the Central Intelligence Agency's now-shuttered overseas secret detention program of suspected terrorists, including extreme interrogation methods, may be kept secret. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein on Wednesday refused to release documents describing Central Intelligence Agency terror interrogations, and the names of detainees or CIA contractors involved in the secret rendition program. He said he would defer to the CIA's judgment on the need to keep the papers secret in order to protect intelligence methods and sources. The American Civil Liberties Union had asked for the release of 580...
  • Abolish the CIA?

    10/08/2009 3:00:50 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 12 replies · 643+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 10/8/2009 | Moneyrunner
    There comes a time when big things should be considered rather than tinkering at the edges. It is certainly what the Left – as embodied in the Obama administration – thinks. It is certainly worth considering by those of us on the Right. So let’s look at the CIA; an agency that has – at the highest levels – individuals who pursue their own foreign policy. That may be forgivable if the result is improved intelligence and improved safety for the US. Unfortunately, the list of intelligence and judgment failures is piling up to such an extent that it now...
  • CIA Opens Center on Climate Change and National Security

    09/30/2009 4:35:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies · 947+ views ^ | Last Updated: Sep 25, 2009 11:39 AM | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: CIA Opens Center on Climate Change and National Security September 25, 2009 The Central Intelligence Agency is launching The Center on Climate Change and National Security as the focal point for its work on the subject. The Center is a small unit led by senior specialists from the Directorate of Intelligence and the Directorate of Science and Technology. Its charter is not the science of climate change, but the national security impact of phenomena such as desertification, rising sea levels, population shifts, and heightened competition for natural resources. The Center will provide support...
  • Obama: No Plans to Ask Justice to Drop CIA Interrogation Probe

    09/20/2009 10:26:30 AM PDT · by broken_arrow1 · 73 replies · 3,365+ views ^ | 09-20-2009 | FoxNews
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama says he has no plans to ask the Justice Department to end its criminal investigation into the harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists during the Bush administration. Seven former CIA directors have asked the president to do just that. In a letter to Obama on Friday, they warned that the probe could discourage CIA officers from doing the kind of aggressive intelligence work needed to fight terrorism. Obama tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that he appreciates that the former CIA chiefs are wanting "to look after an institution that they helped to build." Obama says he wants...
  • Obama: No Plans to Ask Justice to Drop CIA Interrogation Probe

    09/20/2009 6:52:59 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 28 replies · 1,982+ views
    Fox News / Poliitics ^ | 9/20/2009 | AP writer
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama says he has no plans to ask the Justice Department to end its criminal investigation into the harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists during the Bush administration. Seven former CIA directors have asked the president to do just that. In a letter to Obama on Friday, they warned that the probe could discourage CIA officers from doing the kind of aggressive intelligence work needed to fight terrorism. Obama tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that he appreciates that the former CIA chiefs are wanting "to look after an institution that they helped to build."
  • Holder throwing in the towel on CIA investigation?

    09/19/2009 10:17:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies · 2,261+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 19, 2009 | Clarice Feldman
    Tom Maguire, citing the Washington Post, reports that AG Eric Holder seems to be winding down the much ballyhooed and widely criticized decision to investigate the CIA interrogators: The WaPo reports that, having finished with the grandstanding and puffery, Attorney General Eric Holder's investigation into the already-investigated detainee abuse cases is narrowing and winding down. Beyond the obvious problems - in addition to demoralizing the CIA they are investigating the foot soldiers, not the generals who ordered the policy - it turns out that technicalities of law, jurisdiction and evidence make prosecutions and convictions difficult.  That is hardly a surprise to...
  • C.I.A. Chiefs Ask Obama to Stop Abuse Inquiry

    09/19/2009 8:47:51 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 14 replies · 768+ views
    nytimes ^ | Today | PETER BAKER
    C.I.A. Chiefs Ask Obama to Stop Abuse Inquiry WASHINGTON — Seven former directors of the Central Intelligence Agency asked President Obama on Friday to shut down the new Justice Department inquiry into past abuses during interrogations of terrorism suspects, arguing that it “will seriously damage” the nation’s ability to protect itself. In a letter to Mr. Obama, the former C.I.A. chiefs said the cases under study had already been examined by career prosecutors who found that no criminal charges were warranted. To reopen cases based on a change in which political party controls the government, they wrote, will make it...
  • Former CIA Directors Urge Torture Prosecution Reversal

    09/18/2009 11:18:49 AM PDT · by delacoert · 17 replies · 2,040+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Sep 18 2009 | Marc Ambinder
    The Justice Department investigation into CIA torture allegations may have already jeopardized American intelligence capabilities, seven former CIA directors told President Obama have claimed. In a letter, the spy chiefs urge him to reverse Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to re-review case files of a dozen interrogations for possible criminal prosecution. Letter to President Obama from Former DCIs and DCIAs.
  • Seven Former CIA Directors Tell Obama--> STOP the Holder CIA Inquisition

    09/18/2009 1:22:17 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 582+ views
    Fox News / The Lid ^ | 9/18/09 | The Lid
    "Elections have their consequences." In countries without the democratic tradition of America, those consequences may include putting the former leaders in jail, or worse. But that has never been the tradition in the US. The history of America has been that those consequences have been political, a change in policy, appointment of advisers who were hated by the old regime, etc. But has not been the Obama way. Since his election, Obama and his team have attempted to appease their political left by publicly denouncing the Bush Administration's national security policies which kept us safe, even as they claimed Obama...
  • Former CIA chiefs seek halt to interrogation probe

    09/18/2009 11:01:18 AM PDT · by delacoert · 26 replies · 2,351+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | September 18, 2009
    WASHINGTON — Seven former CIA directors are asking President Barack Obama to quash Attorney GeneralEric Holder's investigation into harsh CIA interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration. The request came in a letter Friday from CIA directors who served both Democratic and Republican presidents, including three who served former President George W. Bush. Holder announced in August that he was appointing an independent counsel to investigate incidents of potential abuse that were reported by the CIA inspector general to the Justice Department.
  • RAW DATA: Letter by Former CIA Directors to President Obama (Stop Holder's Investigation)

    09/18/2009 12:56:23 PM PDT · by elizabethgrace · 73 replies · 1,704+ views
    FoxNews ^ | September 18, 2009 | FoxNews
    Seven former heads of the CIA wrote President Obama on Friday to ask him to end an investigation launched by former Attorney General Eric Holder into the actions of CIA interrogators who used "enhanced" techniques to question terror detainees.
  • Obama: Legalize illegals to get them health care

    09/18/2009 8:31:38 AM PDT · by BellStar · 71 replies · 2,490+ views ^ | 9/18/09 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage. He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered - a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.
  • Former CIA Expert : Obama Undermining War on Terror

    09/12/2009 7:36:22 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 23 replies · 1,162+ views
    News Max ^ | SEPTEMBER 12, 2009 | Jim Meyers
    Former CIA counterterrorism expert Kent Clizbe tells Newsmax it's "indisputable" that the Obama administration's actions regarding intelligence agents have undermined the global war on terror. Clizbe was a member of the CIA's Directorate of Operations, and returned to the CIA after 9/11 to serve in multiple counterterrorism deployments. He recently wrote an opinion piece for Newsmax headlined "Obama and Holder 'At War' With Agency." Newsmax.TV's Ashley Martella noted that President Barack Obama has allowed Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate CIA personnel involved in the interrogation of terrorist detainees, and has taken future interrogations away...
  • Message from the Director: September 11th [CIA]

    09/11/2009 3:25:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 346+ views ^ | Posted: Sep 10, 2009 01:33 PM | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Message from the Director: September 11th Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on September 11th September 10, 2009 Tomorrow, our nation as a whole will remember those lost to us eight years ago. For the men and women of the CIA, September 11th is a constant, powerful incentive in the war against al-Qa’ida and its violent sympathizers. Our Agency is at the center of that fight. We have no higher priority or greater focus. Alone, and with partners in this country and overseas, the CIA has...
  • Panetta Marks 9/11 Anniversary, Tries to Boost CIA Morale

    09/11/2009 3:18:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 664+ views
    CBS News ^ | September 10, 2009
    CIA Director Leon Panetta addressed agency staff in an e-mail today marking the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks tomorrow. With the CIA facing scrutiny over Bush-era torture of detainees and questions about how it should share responsibilities with the FBI and other federal agencies, Panetta used the opportunity to try to boost morale and rally employees. Panetta's full message is included below: Message from the Director: September 11th Tomorrow, our nation as a whole will remember those lost to us eight years ago. For the men and women of the CIA, September 11th is a constant, powerful incentive in...
  • CIA Asks Justice to Probe Leaks of Secrets (but it was ok to leak when Bush was President. /sarc)

    09/04/2009 3:31:37 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies · 618+ views
    Fox News ^ | 9/4/2009 | FOX NEWS
    Besieged by leaks of several closely held secrets, the CIA has asked the Justice Department to examine what it regards as the criminal disclosure of a secret program to kill foreign terrorist leaders abroad, The Washington Times has learned. Two U.S. intelligence officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because of the sensitivity of the case, said the leak investigation involved a program that CIA Director Leon E. Panetta told Congress about in June and that surfaced in news reports just a month later. The vice chairman of the the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declined...
  • Helen Thomas: "Cheney Opposes Inquiry Into CIA Torture" [WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES]

    09/02/2009 4:08:34 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 60 replies · 3,432+ views ^ | 2 Sep 09 | Helen "Hezbollah Point of View" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- It’s no surprise that former Vice President Dick Cheney is opposed to the Justice Department’s decision to investigate the torture of prisoners during the Bush-Cheney administration. After all, Cheney has acknowledged that he was "aware" of waterboarding (simulated drowning) of detainees to get them to talk. It’s fair speculation that the orders for this method of torture came from on high. And in the Bush-Cheney administration, no one was higher than the vice president. Cheney has blasted Attorney General Eric Holder’s appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate abuse of prisoners. The duty fell to veteran Connecticut lawyer...
  • C.I.A. Declines to Release Documents on Interrogations

    09/01/2009 6:15:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 425+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/1/09 | MARK MAZZETTI
    WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency is refusing to make public hundreds of pages of internal documents about the agency’s defunct detention and interrogation program, saying such disclosures would jeopardize national security by revealing classified intelligence sources and operations. The C.I.A.’s argument to withhold the material, laid out Monday in a declaration to a federal court in New York, comes a week after the Obama administration declassified documents about abuses in the C.I.A.’s secret overseas prisons and the Justice Department began investigating the actions of C.I.A. operatives.
  • Ex-CIA Counter-Terrorism Expert: Obama and Holder 'At War' with Agency

    08/31/2009 6:07:22 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 33 replies · 1,485+ views
    News Max ^ | August 31, 2009 | Kent Clizbe
    In the early days and weeks after September 11, 2001, a small cadre of men (and a few women) with vast amounts of intelligence experience reported to the Langley, Virginia headquarters of the CIA. These unsung heroes were then dispatched across the globe to run operations against the Al-Qaeda conspirators who leveled the World Trade Center and struck the nerve center of the US military. The FBI, a domestic law enforcement agency, did not have the ability or skills needed to track down and strike the attackers overseas. The Pentagon, with F22s, nuclear aircraft carriers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and battalions...
  • It's Almost Torture to Watch Leon Panetta & the CIA's Slow, Steady Decline

    08/30/2009 10:30:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 1,082+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, August 30th 2009 | S.E. CUPP
    Poor Leon Panetta. It's hard not to feel bad for the guy. If the Obama administration is like one big, elaborate stage production of "Chicago," Panetta is playing invisible Amos Hart - "Mr. Cellophane" - to sheer, translucent, forgettable perfection. In less than a year, Panetta's CIA has been reduced to irrelevance and Panetta himself has either been ignored or emasculated by the very folks who were supposed to be his biggest supporters. For taking on a thankless job that typically only gets attention when there's a massive failure, this is the thanks he gets? When he was asked by...
  • President Obama Should Pardon CIA Interrogators

    08/30/2009 3:18:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 702+ views ^ | August 30, 2009 | Debra J. Saunders
    When he served as deputy attorney general, now Attorney General Eric Holder gave a "neutral leaning positive" recommendation that led to President Bill Clinton's pardoning of gazillionaire fugitive Marc Rich, who was on the lam in Switzerland hiding from federal charges of fraud, evading more than $48 million in taxes, racketeering and trading oil with Iran in violation of a U.S. embargo. Holder also had a role in the 1999 Clinton pardons of 16 Puerto Rico independence terrorists -- members of the bomb-happy FALN or the splinter group Los Macheteros -- who had been convicted on such charges as bank...
  • Eric Holder’s Hidden Agenda: The investigation isn’t about torture, but about transnationalism.

    08/29/2009 6:40:55 PM PDT · by thouworm · 55 replies · 1,691+ views
    Nice Deb; NRO ^ | 08-28-2009 | Andrew McCarthy
    "I believe the explanation lies in the Obama administration’s fondness for transnationalism, a doctrine of post-sovereign globalism in which America is seen as owing its principal allegiance to the international legal order rather than to our own Constitution and national interests. "Recall that the president chose to install former Yale Law School dean Harold Koh as his State Department’s legal adviser. Koh is the country’s leading proponent of transnationalism. He is now a major player in the administration’s deliberations over international law and cooperation. Naturally, membership in the International Criminal Court, which the United States has resisted joining, is high...
  • Eric Holder's Anti-CIA Witch Hunt

    08/28/2009 10:57:56 PM PDT · by pissant · 13 replies · 811+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9/7/09 | Jen Rubin
    Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to ask a special prosecutor to investigate for possible criminal prosecution CIA operatives who interrogated terrorists in overseas locations is the latest and most egregious instance of political gamesmanship by Holder, who strode into office promising to remove the taint of politicization from the Justice Department. Holder's announcement brought a storm of criticism from senators, former CIA director Michael Hayden, former vice president Dick Cheney, and veteran Justice Department attorneys. CIA employees, already reeling from congressional attacks, were understandably mystified by Holder's words assuring them of his "respect and gratitude" and puzzled as to how...