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  • House Intel Chair Suspends Staff Member

    10/19/2006 7:35:29 PM PDT · by Jewels1091 · 259 replies · 9,773+ views
    WASHINGTON -- House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra has suspended a Democratic staff member because of concerns he may have leaked a high-level intelligence assessment to The New York Times last month. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press Thursday night, Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., a committee member, said that an unidentified staffer requested the document from National Intelligence Director John Negroponte three days before the Sept. 23 story about its conclusions
  • Blasts outside Green Zone as US-Iraq deal nears

    10/07/2008 7:18:39 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 448+ views
    AFP ^ | 10-7-08
    Two powerful bombs exploded outside the Iraqi capital's tightly-guarded Green Zone on Tuesday as US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte was ending a visit focused on a controversial military pact. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said an agreement was "very close" and that there were "new ideas and new language" to clinch a mutually-acceptable security deal. "This needs some bold political decisions now," he said. An Iraqi military officer said at least one soldier was wounded in the blasts which went off in quick succession at a time of heavy traffic.
  • Senators Predict Iraq, Iran Will Be Next

    10/10/2001 11:16:14 AM PDT · by rightwingextremist1776 · 94 replies · 600+ views ^ | Oct 10 2001
    Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001 12:27 p.m. EDT Senators Predict Iraq, Iran Will Be Next Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Sen. John McCain predicted Tuesday that America's war on terrorism will soon target other states beyond Afghanistan that have sponsored terrorist acts in the past. "I don't think we can avoid that," Daschle told CBS News. "If indeed we are going after a worldwide network, we have to treat this issue and this challenge in a worldwide way." McCain concurred, saying, "I think you'll see an expansion." Possible targets include Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Sudan, he explained. "All ...
  • U.N. Envoy’s Ties to Pakistani Are Questioned

    08/26/2008 3:26:08 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 197+ views
    The New York Times (excerpt) ^ | August 26, 2008 | Helene Cooper and Mark Mazzetti
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON — Zalmay Khalilzad, the American ambassador to the United Nations, is facing angry questions from other senior Bush administration officials over what they describe as unauthorized contacts with Asif Ali Zardari, a contender to succeed Pervez Musharraf as president of Pakistan. Mr. Khalilzad had spoken by telephone with Mr. Zardari, the leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party, several times a week for the past month until he was confronted about the unauthorized contacts, a senior United States official said. Other officials said Mr. Khalilzad had planned to meet with Mr. Zardari privately next Tuesday while on vacation...
  • US leak of Zarqawi letter riles Israelis

    04/08/2006 3:55:14 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 31 replies · 1,793+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 9 2006
    Israeli military intelligence officials have accused President George W Bush’s administration of undermining their attempts to infiltrate Al-Qaeda’s operations in Iraq by revealing the contents of a secret letter written by Osama Bin Laden’s second-in-command. Israel passed the letter — in which Ayman al-Zawahiri outlined his Middle East strategy to Abu Musab al- Zarqawi, the Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq — to Washington last October on condition of strict anonymity. Israeli officials were dismayed, however, when John Negroponte, the US director of national intelligence, made it available in both English and its original Arabic on his office web site. Israeli intelligence...
  • Shadow Warriors--The untold story of traitors, saboteurs, and the party of surrender.

    02/04/2008 5:11:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 38 replies · 765+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 2-4-08 | David Forsmark
        Shadow Warriors   By David | Monday, February 04, 2008 Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of SurrenderBy Kenneth TimmermanCrown Forum, $25.95, 404 pp. At long last, the CIA and the State Department have targeted a government they have identified as an aggressive threat to world peace and largely countered its foreign policy through psy-ops, propaganda, selective leaks of intelligence and covert operations.And who was the target of this covert campaign? Are these operations aimed at the Islamofascists in Iran? How about Vladimir Putin and his increasingly fascist government in Russia?...
  • Negroponte (L.O.S.T.)

    10/09/2007 2:53:27 PM PDT · by processing please hold · 10 replies · 442+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | October 9, 2007 | Cliff Kincaid
    Do you think our "adversary press" is on the lookout for government lies? Consider the false testimony (web site) before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte on behalf of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This is a treaty that our media want passed by the Senate. So they are letting his lies go completely unchallenged. One of the most audacious lies was that, despite the fact that the treaty carries the name "United Nations" in its title, it is not a U.N. treaty. Negroponte's testimony included several "myths"...
  • Taiwan supporter criticizes Negroponte

    09/02/2007 8:40:20 AM PDT · by NapkinUser · 5 replies · 181+ views
    The Taipei Times ^ | Sep 02, 2007 | Charles Snyder
    Supporters of Taiwan in Washington took senior officials of the administration of US President George W. Bush to task on Friday for comments last week about Taiwan's international status and President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and the Democratic Progressive Party's plan to hold an election-day referendum on UN membership. Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo, a staunch supporter of Taiwan, criticized Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte for calling the referendum a move toward a declaration of independence, calling the statement "regrettable and irresponsible." "If Mr Negroponte's goal was to help validate a future Chinese attack on the island," the congressman said in...
  • Sunni, U.S. Leaders Unite Against Al-Qaida in Anbar

    06/17/2007 10:09:41 AM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 1 replies · 367+ views
    NPR ^ | June 14, 2007 | Rachel Martin
    A senior U.S. diplomat visits Ramadi, capital of Anbar province, once the most dangerous place in Iraq for U.S. troops but now the scene of an alliance with Sunni tribal leaders bent on destroying al-Qaida in Iraq.
  • Negroponte to shore up N Korea deal(to visit Pyongyang?)

    02/20/2007 9:57:44 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 455+ views
    FT ^ | 02/21/07 | Guy Dinmore
    Negroponte to shore up N Korea deal By Guy Dinmore in Washington Published: February 21 2007 02:00 | Last updated: February 21 2007 02:00 John Negroponte's first mission as US deputy secretary of state is expected to take him to Asia next week to shore up last week's breakthrough deal with North Korea, under which Pyongyang is to close its nuclear bomb-making facilities in return for aid and peace talks. Mr Negroponte, the former national director of intelligence who took up his new post only last week, would visit China, South Korea and Japan, officials said. One senior official said...
  • Threat to US increasing: Negroponte

    01/12/2007 1:07:42 AM PST · by familyop · 1 replies · 326+ views
    AP by way of the Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 12JAN06 | Associated Press
    Al-Qaeda still poses the gravest terrorism threat to the United States, and an emboldened Hizbollah is a growing danger, the US intelligence chief says. In his annual review of global threats, National Intelligence Director John Negroponte highlighted an increasingly worrisome posture of Hizbollah - backed by Iran and Syria - since its 34 day war with Israel in July and August. "As a result of last summer's hostilities, Hizbollah's self-confidence and hostility toward the US as a supporter of Israel could cause the group to increase its contingency planning against US interests," Negroponte told the Senate Intelligence Committee in written...
  • Al Qaeda's leaders are in Pakistan, U.S. says (U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte)

    01/11/2007 9:13:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 677+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/11/07 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's leaders are Holed up in a secure hide-out in Pakistan, from which they are revitalizing their bruised but resilient network, U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte said on Thursday. In an unusually direct statement on the whereabouts of the militant group's top echelon, Negroponte told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that Pakistan is the center of a web of al Qaeda connections that stretches across the globe into Europe. "Al Qaeda is the terrorist organization that poses the greatest threat to U.S. interests," the U.S. director of national intelligence said in his annual assessment of...
  • The Mess at State

    01/11/2007 5:28:32 AM PST · by Santiago de la Vega · 11 replies · 798+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/11/2007 | Robert D. Novak
    Republicans in Congress who do not want to be quoted tell me that the State Department under Condoleezza Rice is a mess. This comes at a time when the U.S. global position is precarious. While attention is focused on Iraq, American diplomacy is being tested worldwide -- in Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Korea and Sudan. The judgment by thoughtful Republicans is that Rice has failed to manage that endeavor.
  • N. Korea: Negroponte’s Stance on Korea Unknown (poker-faced and tight-lipped)

    01/10/2007 5:17:34 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 220+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 01/09/06
    Negroponte’s Stance on Korea Unknown JANUARY 09, 2007 03:01 ‘A conservative globalist putting importance on practical solutions rather than ideology. A poker-faced veteran with 47 years of diplomatic experience.’ These are the descriptions of the new Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte by American press. He will in effect take in charge of US State Department’s policy toward the Korean peninsula. It is not easy to predict his future policy direction toward Korea. Few of his Korea-related remarks were made public while he assumed the positions of UN ambassador and the Director of National Intelligence. Most of the time, journalists’...
  • Ex-US spy chief to tackle North Korea, China as Rice's deputy

    01/07/2007 12:35:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 529+ views
    AFP ^ | 01/05/07 | David Millikin
    Ex-US spy chief to tackle North Korea, China as Rice's deputy by David Millikin Fri Jan 5, 1:51 PM ET Outgoing US intelligence chief John Negroponte will focus on handling the prickly nuclear standoff with North Korea and delicate US-China ties when he takes over as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's top deputy, a senior US official said. Negroponte will also help follow through on a soon-to-be-announced policy shift in Iraq as deputy secretary of state, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, though he stressed that Rice will remain in charge of that tough dossier. President George W. Bush announced...
  • Dep't of Wild Speculation (Yet Another Cheney Resignation Rumor)

    01/06/2007 8:02:56 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 1 replies · 853+ views
    The New Republic ^ | January 6, 2007 | Michael Crowley
    Because standards are lower on weekends... here's a new rumor straight from an insidious "Washington cocktail party": John Negroponte is becoming deputy secretary of state as preparation to replace Condi Rice when she leaves her job. Why would she do that? To take over for an "ailing" Dick Cheney as vice president. Sure, Cheney resignation rumors are about as old as the Bush presidency. But one well-informed person said that, while he doesn't think this will happen, he also doesn't dismiss it out of hand.
  • Bush's announcement at 9:50 a.m. EST re staff changes

    01/05/2007 6:42:00 AM PST · by STARWISE · 163 replies · 5,940+ views
    FNC ^ | 1-5-07
    Bush will appear with Negroponte and former National Security Agency Director Mike McConnell, a retired Navy vice admiral, who will be tapped as his replacement. Negroponte will move over to the State Department to be deputy to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
  • Intelligence Chief Is Shifted to Deputy State Dept. Post (Negroponte)

    01/04/2007 5:17:45 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 22 replies · 688+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4 January 2007 | Mark Mazetti
    Mr. Negroponte had been brought to the intelligence job to help restore credibility and effectiveness to agencies whose reputations were badly damaged by failures related to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and mistaken prewar assessments of Iraq’s illicit weapons. He has maintained a low public profile but provides Mr. Bush with a briefing most mornings. President Bush has hailed the establishment of the intelligence post as an essential step in helping prevent another terrorist attack. On paper, the director of national intelligence outranks the deputy secretary of state, raising questions about why the White House would seek — and...
  • Intelligence czar to leave post, go to State: NBC [John Negroponte.....]

    01/03/2007 4:42:12 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 1,008+ views
    ntelligence czar to leave post, go to State: NBC Wed Jan 3, 2007 7:30 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of national intelligence, John Negroponte, will leave his post to take a senior position at the State Department, NBC news reported on Wednesday. Negroponte was the first U.S. intelligence czar
  • U.S. intelligence chief to switch jobs (Negroponte switching to Deputy Secretary of State)

    01/03/2007 8:22:03 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 20 replies · 835+ views
    CNN ^ | January 3, 2007 | Staff
    National Intelligence Director John Negroponte will resign to become deputy secretary of state, a government official said Wednesday night. Negroponte took over in 2005 as the nation's first intelligence chief, responsible for overseeing all 16 U.S. spy agencies. Congress established the post in late 2004 following a recommendation of the 9/11 commission, which reviewed intelligence miscues leading up to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Yet, it has been at times a struggle for Negroponte and his staff to bring all 16 spy agencies together under one umbrella. He will return to his roots as a career diplomat to...
  • Castro near death: Negroponte

    12/14/2006 11:29:30 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 51 replies · 1,378+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 15, 2006
    Cuban President Fidel Castro is very ill and close to death, U.S. Intelligence chief John Negroponte said in an interview published on Friday. "Everything we see indicates it will not be much longer ... months, not years," Negroponte told The Washington Post. The Cuban leader, 80, has not appeared in public since he underwent emergency intestinal surgery and temporarily handed over the presidency to his younger brother, Raul Castro, on July 31.
  • Negroponte makes unannounced Iraq visit

    11/03/2006 12:54:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 390+ views
    AP ^ | 11/3/6 | SINAN SALAHEDDIN
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte met Friday with Iraq's prime minister in the second visit this week by a top U.S. official. The unannounced meeting comes amid spiraling violence that included seven American deaths and the discovery of 56 bodies in the Iraqi capital bearing signs of torture. The bodies found scattered around Baghdad were of Iraqi men between 20 and 45 years old, and all were apparent victims of sectarian death squads, police said Friday.All wore civilian clothes and had been bound at the wrists and ankles, police Lt. Mohammed Khayon said. He said the...
  • Gov't unveils a Wikipedia for spies

    11/02/2006 6:55:49 AM PST · by wouldntbprudent · 14 replies · 396+ views
    msnbc ^ | Nov 2, 2006 | Reuters
    Analysts can add and edit content on government's classified Web site WASHINGTON - The U.S. intelligence community Tuesday unveiled its own secretive version of Wikipedia, saying the popular online encyclopedia format known for its openness is key to the future of American espionage. The office of U.S. intelligence czar John Negroponte announced Intellipedia, which allows intelligence analysts and other officials to collaboratively add and edit content on the government's classified Intelink Web much like its more famous namesake on the World Wide Web.
  • The Danger Zone For Negroponte (Internet)

    09/29/2006 10:41:38 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 2 replies · 310+ views
    Spacewar ^ | Sep 27, 2006 | Arnaud De Borchgrave
    The director of National Intelligence's chief concerns about the future can be summed up with a word and a stat: petabytes and 15 percent. The National Security Agency, one of 16 intelligence agencies under DNI John Negroponte, estimates by next year, the Internet will carry 647 petabytes of data each day. "That's 647 followed by 15 zeros," says Negroponte, "and by way of comparison, the holdings of the entire Library of Congress (130 million items, including 30 million books that occupy 530 miles of book shelves) represent only 0.02 petabytes." The Internet is also the jihadis' network. "At Internet cafes,"...
  • Pelosi asks for closed House session (UPDATE - Request Denied - See #182)

    09/26/2006 10:12:20 AM PDT · by Lunatic Fringe · 304 replies · 15,067+ views
    AP_ ^ | 9/26/06 | KATHERINE SHRADER
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) House Democrats ask for rare closed session to discuss intelligence on terrorism.</p>
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 9/16 - 9/17/06 (not the live thread)

    09/16/2006 6:48:16 AM PDT · by Phsstpok · 46 replies · 2,237+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 9/16/06 | Network and Cable News
    Preview and Analysis of the Weekend Talk Shows for 9/16 & 9/17/06The President is up dramatically in the polls.  Unemployment is down, inflation is under control, growth is continuing at a robust but sustainable rate and gas prices are falling dramatically.  So what's the topic this week?  Yep.  George Bush and the Republicans are in trouble.  Read on.Meet the Press continues their Senate debate series with Virginia's Republican Senator George Allen and his Democrat challenger former Reagan Secretary of the Navy James Webb.  When they set this up for this week I think they were planning on "macaca" being the...
  • Turf war keeping lid on evidence of WMD in Iraq?

    06/25/2006 10:41:00 AM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 28 replies · 1,141+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 24, 2006, 9:07PM | By KATHLEEN PARKER
    Turf war keeping lid on evidence of WMD in Iraq? By KATHLEEN PARKER If you thought Democrats and Republicans were politically divided over the war in Iraq, you haven't seen anything yet. The real battle apparently is being waged under the radar between the White House, the intelligence community and Congress. ADVERTISEMENT At the center of the current skirmish is a newly unclassified document released last Wednesday that seems to confirm evidence of WMD in Saddam's Iraq, including both degraded and possibly lethal chemical agents. According to the document, coalition forces have recovered some 500 weapons munitions since 2003 that...
  • Yes, We Are Better Prepared (John Negroponte Op-Ed)

    09/10/2006 2:53:33 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 320+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2006 | John D. Negroponte, Director of National Intelligence
    Surprise is what intelligence is intended to prevent, but on Sept. 11, 2001, our nation was surprised, and the results were tragic. Now the fifth anniversary of those horrific events raises anew the question: Is our nation's intelligence community better prepared to keep America safe? The answer is yes. U.S. intelligence has made major advances since that Sept. 11. First and foremost, we better understand, and are aligned to meet, the threat of transnational terror. Although our enemy is constantly changing and remains deadly, our collectors and analysts are carefully tracking the evolution of al-Qaeda and its ideological allies. Today,...
  • Iraq: A Sweeping, Secret New Report

    09/02/2006 8:22:16 PM PDT · by woofie · 49 replies · 1,808+ views
    Newsweak/MSNBCDEF ^ | Sept 11,06 | Mark Hosenball
    Sept. 11, 2006 issue - Bush administration policymakers and their congressional backers may get some unwelcome news from a new analysis on Iraq that the office of intelligence czar John Negroponte will soon produce. In late July, leading Senate Democrats asked Negroponte to come up with a new Iraq National Intelligence Estimate, or NIE, a secret study that is supposed to reflect the views of all 16 U.S. intel agencies. The most recent Iraq NIE, produced two years ago, was generally pessimistic about the future of the country. In a letter to Negroponte, the Senate Dems asked for U.S. analysts'...
  • Negroponte orders an update on terrorism's influence in Iraq

    08/06/2006 5:56:33 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 179+ views
    WASHINGTON POST Via ^ | Saturday, August 05, 2006 | By Walter Pincus
    <p>WASHINGTON — The office of Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte announced Friday that it will soon begin drafting an updated National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq.</p> <p>The declaration came amid indications this week that the threat to Iraq from foreign terrorist groups such as al Qaeda is receding.</p>
  • House: More urgency needed in intelligence

    07/27/2006 10:46:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 377+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/27/06 | Lara Jakes Jordan - ap
    WASHINGTON - Sweeping reforms to the nation's intelligence system after the 9/11 attacks have done little to improve information-sharing or generate a greater sense of urgency among U.S. intelligence agencies, a House report concluded Thursday. The report by the House Select Intelligence Committee also gave National Intelligence Director John Negroponte a tepid review after 15 months on the job, noting he "is trying to do a little of everything, which slows down improvements in key areas." In their 41-page review of how the nation's 16 intelligence agencies have adjusted since Congress overhauled the system in December 2004, lawmakers found a...
  • Iran Connects the Dots

    06/10/2006 9:52:28 PM PDT · by parousia · 19 replies · 941+ views
    National Review ^ | June 10, 2006 | Michael Ledeen
    <p>It didn’t take long to start pooh-poohing the significance of eliminating Zarqawi. MSNBC/al-Reuters headline: ‘Zarqawi more myth than Man.’ And of course, the hate-America crowd hinted the ‘timing’ was peculiar (Bush needed a boost in the polls). Zarqawi was a very important man in the terror network and welcomed by the radical Shiite regime in Tehran. he was more than a leader of one faction in a religious war; he promoted religious conflict as a tactic to destabilize Iraq and drive out the Coalition. He and his Iranian backers/masters promoted all kinds of internal Iraqi conflict: Kurds against Arabs, Turkamen against Kurds, anything that worked. The terror masters put aside their differences and made a war plan in which Sunni and Shia, Syrian and Saudi, Iranian and Iraqi cooperated against their common satanic enemy, the United States. Another important fact emerged from the accounts of the attack on Zarqawi: we killed two women in the same house. because they were his key intelligence officers in the jihadist terror organizations, despite endless citations from the Koran demanding their subservience. Theywere important components of the terror headquarters. And second, when our soldiers enter terrorists’ quarters and kill women in the ensuing firefight, it is highly probable the women may be terrorists also. Zarqawi played on a global scale. Reports from Canada recount contacts between the ‘home-grown’ terrorists arrested by the Mounties and Zarqawi: ‘Mississauga News,’ June 7: ‘The arrest of 17 said to be the latest stage in dismantling a terrorist network that’s linked to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi...’).and seem linked to FBI arrests in Atlanta and others in Sarajevo, England, and Denmark. The public announcement a few months ago that Zarqawi was no longer the head of al Qaeda in Iraq, that henceforth the Iraqi Sunni ‘community’ would run the terror war there stated Zarqawi would devote his efforts to the international jihad.</p>
  • National Security & Defense -- Stephen Kappes: The Wrong Man At CIA

    06/07/2006 6:43:08 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 6 replies · 1,283+ views
    Human Events ^ | May 31, 2006 | Kenneth Timmerman
    Stephen Kappes: The Wrong Man at CIA by Kenneth R. TimmermanPosted May 31, 2006Before Gen. Michael Hayden settles in as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Congress needs to ask hard questions of the man he has said he wants to appoint as deputy director of the CIA: former operations chief Stephen R. Kappes. Kappes is a former Marine who elicits strong praise from former operations officers such as Gary Berntsen, who worked under him for two years. Hayden also heaped praise on Kappes. "When I did the Rolodex check around the community about Steve … they’re almost universally positive,"...
  • John Negroponte Scheduled As SpeakerActivist Groups To Protest At SJA Graduation

    06/03/2006 1:42:18 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 8 replies · 420+ views
    Caledonian Record ^ | Saturday June 3, 2006 | TAYLOR REED
    Two groups are expected to protest St. Johnsbury Academy graduation speaker John Negroponte Monday morning, including a Vermont activist who served jail time for a 2001 demonstration at Fort Benning in Georgia. Negroponte is the U.S. Director of Intelligence and the father of a graduating student. On Friday, activist Palmer Legare issued an "action alert" in the name of the Vermont School of the Americas Watch, a group working to close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security, formerly the School of America, and change foreign policy in Latin America through non-violent resistance and congressional lobbying. The alert demands the Academy...
  • Intelligence Deficit Disorder

    05/09/2006 10:48:34 PM PDT · by Enchante · 16 replies · 761+ views
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 5/9/06 | REUEL MARC GERECHT
    ......... Regrettably, reform at the CIA is now dead. The only real chance opened immediately after 9/11 and closed when President Bush decided to retain the services of George Tenet, who always remained close and sympathetic to the operations directorate. Ms. Harman, many other prominent Democrats, and the anti-Bush press have put another nail into the clandestine service's coffin by rallying around an organization that desperately needs to be radically deconstructed. However tepidly or lazily Mr. Goss approached his work, he and his abrasive minions ought to be complimented for at least firing somebody. Given the history of the CIA,...
  • CIA insider offered spy agency's No. 2 post (Steve Kappes)

    05/09/2006 4:19:26 PM PDT · by LucyJo · 50 replies · 1,146+ views
    CNN Politics ^ | May 9, 2006 | David Ensor
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Steve Kappes, a recently retired CIA insider, has been offered the No. 2 slot at the spy agency, sources told CNN, to reassure the CIA operations community about Gen. Michael Hayden's appointment as director as well as ease concerns about that nominee's military ties. The decision to tap Kappes is also seen as a move aimed at members of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee who have raised doubts about Hayden. Kappes was a civilian operations officer who reportedly was forced out of the CIA by Porter Goss' associates after Goss became director in 2004. Intelligence analysts and...
  • Commanding the CIA

    05/09/2006 5:09:55 AM PDT · by edpc · 12 replies · 472+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, May 9, 2006 | Editorial
    PRESIDENT BUSH'S nomination of Gen. Michael V. Hayden as CIA director represents, above all, an attempt to push forward badly needed reforms of the intelligence community -- changes not made by the agency's outgoing chief, Porter J. Goss. For that reason, among others, Gen. Hayden's nomination deserves a careful and fair review by Congress. While he is a four-star Air Force general, he is also one of the most experienced and well-regarded managers in the intelligence community, credited with reorienting the mammoth National Security Agency after the end of the Cold War. As deputy to the new director of national...
  • Val for DCI

    05/08/2006 8:15:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 620+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 5/8/2006 | Jed Babbin
    Valerie Plame should be the next Director of Central Intelligence, not Gen. Mike Hayden. Now that the CIA's Praetorian Guard has -- with the connivance of National Intelligence Director John Negroponte -- rid itself of Porter Goss, the CIA is confidently preparing to march back into the intelligence dark ages that preceded 9/11. Gen. Hayden -- former head of the National Intelligence Agency and most famous for his strong defense of the NSA terrorist surveillance program -- is slated to be nominated for the DCI post today. Hayden, now Negroponte's deputy and choice for DCI, will face tough questioning in...
  • CIA chief quits after 'Hookergate'

    05/07/2006 1:50:56 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 92 replies · 3,446+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | May 07, 2006 | Sarah Baxter
    ALL the ingredients for a spy thriller involving prostitutes, poker, a congressman called Randy and parties at the legendary Watergate complex may lie behind the sudden resignation of Porter Goss as director of the CIA last Friday. The saga has already been named “Hookergate” and the CIA is buzzing with rumours that there is more to Goss’s departure than meets the eye. The timing is certainly curious, coming hard on the heels of the CIA’s confirmation last week that Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, the number three in the nation’s spy centre who was hand-picked by Goss, had attended poker games at...
  • The Incredible Shrinking CIA (Negroponte diluting the CIA)

    05/05/2006 11:24:54 AM PDT · by slowhand520 · 24 replies · 1,082+ views
    Time ^ | Timmothy Burger
    The Incredible Shrinking CIA Recent moves by Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte have continued to chip away at the spy agency's role By TIMOTHY J. BURGER SUBSCRIBE TO TIMEPRINTE-MAILMORE BY AUTHORBackground: The Spy Chief's First Year Posted Friday, May. 05, 2006 Vignette StoryServer 5.0 Fri May 05 14:18:53 2006 It's more than a bureaucratic battle. Ever since John Negroponte was appointed Director of National Intelligence a year ago and given the task of coordinating the nation's myriad spy agencies, he has been diluting the power and prestige of the best known of them all, the Central Intelligence Agency. From...
  • Bush Personnel Announcement at 1:45 EDT (Porter Goss Resigns from CIA)

    05/05/2006 10:08:03 AM PDT · by Rutles4Ever · 1,030 replies · 52,251+ views
    Press conference at 1:45
  • John Negroponte: The year in intelligence

    04/19/2006 10:23:07 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 7 replies · 398+ views
    NBC News ^ | April 19 2006 | Andrea Mitchell
    Mitchell: Let's take a look, first of all, at Osama bin Laden. Why, after all of these years, don't we have a better idea of where he might be? Negroponte: Well, I think — his room for maneuver I think has narrowed, over the years. I think most people would agree, that he has much less operating flexibility than he did previously. He's lost his sanctuary in Afghanistan, and I think he's operating from a narrower and narrower corner of space in that Pakistan-Afghanistan border area. The other point I'd make with respect to Mr. bin Laden, is that he...
  • Gates loves the poor (but Windows more?)

    03/16/2006 4:35:16 PM PST · by twntaipan · 3 replies · 258+ views
    ArsTechnica ^ | 3/16/2006 | Nate Anderson
    Bill Gates was recently named one of Time's people of the year for the incredible amounts of money he has given to fight poverty and disease around the world. But just because Bill cares about poor people doesn't mean that he wants to see them use Linux. Gates demonstrated the new Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum this week, and later began trash talking the US$100 PC currently under development at MIT. It's hard to see how a philanthropist could not love a device designed to put basic computing power in the hands of every child on...
  • Bush wants to release the Saddam files but his intelligence chief stalls

    03/11/2006 9:22:21 AM PST · by kimosabe31 · 193 replies · 3,638+ views
    THE WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | 03/20/2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
    On February 16, President George W. Bush assembled a small group of congressional Republicans for a briefing on Iraq. Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley were there, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad participated via teleconference from Baghdad. As the meeting was beginning, Mike Pence spoke up. The Indiana Republican, a leader of conservatives in the House, was seated next to Bush."Yesterday, Mr. President, the war had its best night on the network news since the war ended," Pence said."Is this the tapes thing?" Bush asked, referring to two ABC News reports that included excerpts...
  • Rockefeller Feeling the Heat?

    02/24/2006 8:21:38 AM PST · by slowhand520 · 27 replies · 1,837+ views
    American Spectator ^ | The Washington Prowler
    Rockefeller Feeling the Heat? - Friday, February 24, 2006 @ 10:33:34 AM So Sen. Jay Rockefeller sent a letter to Amb. John Negroponte complaining about White House leaks to Bob Woodward. Why would Rockefeller be so uptight? Perhaps because he senses the FBI is locking in some of his loyalists in the NSA and overseas prison leaks? Things are going to be getting interesting for a number of folks on Capitol Hill in the coming days. Posted By: The Washington Prowler
  • Terrorism Biggest Threat to National Security, Officials Say

    02/28/2006 4:38:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 181+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2006 – Terrorism remains the pre-eminent threat to U.S. national security and interests abroad. But if progress continues at the current pace in Iraq, the terrorists can be defeated there and the U.S. can gain a foothold in the war on terror, a top U.S. official said here today. Entrenched grievances such as corruption, injustice and the slow pace of economic, social and political change in many Muslim nations continue to fuel the global jihadist movement, and nowhere is that movement more acutely seen than in Iraq, said John D. Negroponte, director of national intelligence, at a...
  • China poised to attain superpower status: US intelligence czar

    02/28/2006 11:13:05 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 17 replies · 922+ views
    AFP ^ | February 28, 2006
    The US Director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte, warned that China's steady military and economic expansion may ultimately lead to Beijing attaining superpower status on a par with the United States. "Globalization is causing a shift of momentum and energy to greater Asia, where China has steadily expanding reach and may become a peer competitor to the United States at some point," Negroponte said at a hearing of the US Senate Armed Services Committee on global security threats. "Consistent high rates of economic growth, driven by exploding foreign trade, have increased Beijing's political influence abroad and fueled a military modernization...
  • Negroponte: Al-Qaida Plans 'High-Impact Attacks'

    02/02/2006 5:37:11 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 21 replies · 1,440+ views ^ | 3 February 2006
    WASHINGTON -- National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said Thursday that the al-Qaida terror network remains the "top concern" of the U.S. intelligence community, followed closely by the nuclear activities of Iran and North Korea. Negroponte told the Senate Intelligence Committee in a relatively rare public session that Iran probably does not yet have nuclear weapons, nor the fissile material needed for producing them. "Nevertheless, the danger that it will acquire a nuclear weapon and the ability to integrate it with the ballistic missiles Iran already possesses is a reason for immediate concern," he said. Meanwhile, Negroponte said that North Korea's...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 1.25.06

    01/25/2006 3:06:18 PM PST · by GretchenM · 272 replies · 3,379+ views, ^ | Wednesday January 25, 2006 | GretchenM
    Our American president went to the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Maryland, to speak with staff and address the press there. Click here for text of his remarks. He also spoke with former clerks of Judge Alito's. Laua Bush oversaw the "Coming Up Taller Awards" in the White House, an initiative of the U.S. President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities overseen by the first lady. This is for after-school events that promote the arts in youth. Welcome to Sanity Island!
  • Read All About It

    01/21/2006 7:54:43 AM PST · by mal · 2 replies · 423+ views
    AT HIS CONFIRMATION HEARING FOR the new post of director of national intelligence, John Negroponte pledged to keep open lines of communication with Congress. He also explained that his experience as the first U.S. ambassador to Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein would help him meet the director's responsibility to--in the president's words--"make sure that those whose duty it is to defend America have the information they need to make the right decisions." Testifying in April 2005, Negroponte said: I saw firsthand the savage depredations of terrorists and insurgents who oppose the birth of a new democracy. These are...