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  • GOP would review probe into CIA actions--Terrorist interrogations issue said to cause morale problem

    10/31/2010 7:24:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2010 | Eli Lake
    If Republicans on Tuesday win the majority of seats in the House, that body's intelligence panel is likely to give fresh oversight of the Obama administration's prosecution review of the CIA's enhanced interrogation program. Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the highest-ranking Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told The Washington Times last week that he would expect the next Republican chairman of the committee to hold hearings on how the threat of prosecutions has affected the CIA's morale. "I expect vigorous oversight of this administration now," Mr. Hoekstra said. "What has been the impact of [Attorney General...
  • I was tortured in cell after kidnap by CIA, says Muslim cleric

    11/09/2006 11:22:53 PM PST · by MadIvan · 42 replies · 1,121+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 10, 2006 | Malcolm Moore
    A Muslim cleric has claimed to have been tortured with electric shocks, left in a cell where rats crawled on him and threatened with rape after he was allegedly kidnapped from a Milan street by CIA agents three years ago.The claims of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, appeared in an affidavit provided to Milan prosecutors investigating his alleged abduction in February 2003, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported yesterday. Prosecutors say that the cleric, who was formerly suspected of links to terrorism, was driven to the Aviano military air base and flown via Germany to...
  • Rather's Lawsuit Shows Role of G.O.P. in Inquiry

    11/16/2008 7:46:40 PM PST · by steve-b · 29 replies · 1,753+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/16/08 | Jacques Steinberg
    When Dan Rather filed suit against CBS 14 months ago -- claiming, among other things, that his former employer had commissioned a politically biased investigation into his work on a "60 Minutes" segment about President Bush's National Guard service -- the network predicted the quick and favorable dismissal of the case, which it derided as "old news." So far, Mr. Rather has spent more than $2 million of his own money on the suit. And according to documents filed recently in court, he may be getting something for his money. Using tools unavailable to him as a reporter — including...
  • Obama allows short-term CIA sites

    01/28/2009 1:53:54 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 630+ views
    WASHINGTON ^ | Wednesday, January 28, 2009 | Eli Lake
    SNIPPET: "The detentions would be temporary."
  • The CIA Probably Had The Authority To Hold Prisoners At The Secret Benghazi Annex

    11/19/2012 1:08:20 PM PST · by maggief · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 19, 2012 | Michael Kelley |
    In October Paula Broadwell told an audience that the CIA in Benghazi "had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner" at its secret annex. The CIA flatly denied the claim, saying that the agency "has not had detention authority since January 2009, when Executive Order 13491 was issued. Any suggestion that the Agency is still in the detention business is uninformed and baseless." Marc Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute points out that the denial is factually incorrect because while Obama ordered the closure of all CIA detention facilities (i.e. “Black Sites”), the order states that it "does not...
  • The Killing of Osama bin Laden

    05/10/2015 6:44:54 PM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 21 May 2015 | Seymour Hersh
    It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account. The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll:...
  • CIA fires source of leaks for prize-winning stories

    04/22/2006 5:00:17 AM PDT · by libstripper · 79 replies · 1,714+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 22, 2006 | Associate Press & Washington Post
    WASHINGTON — The CIA has fired a senior officer for leaking classified information to the media, including material for Pulitzer Prize-winning stories in The Washington Post that said the agency maintained a secret network of prisons overseas for high-ranking terrorism suspects. The termination, announced Friday, marks the latest in a series of high-profile crackdowns on spy agency and Bush administration officials accused of unauthorized disclosures of classified information. The CIA would not identify the fired officer, citing Privacy Act protections. But current and former intelligence officials identified her as Mary McCarthy, a former White House aide who until this week...
  • US interrogating captured AQ leader without Miranda rights

    10/07/2013 7:57:54 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 7, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Looks like the Obama administration learned from its past handling of terrorists — or perhaps the circumstances of a rare capture have forced them to a war footing rather than a law-enforcement approach. NBC News reports that the terrorist captured in Libya by a special-forces raid will not be given Miranda rights, at least not immediately. Instead, the intelligence services will have time to extract any information about potential future operations targeting Americans from Abu Anas al-Libi, one of the US’ most-wanted terrorists for 15 years:
  • Dana Priest's controversial co-author (William Arkin)

    07/20/2010 8:50:03 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 11 replies ^ | 07/20/2010 | KEACH HAGEY
    With two Pulitzer Prizes to her name, Dana Priest is one of the Washington Post’s most celebrated reporters. Until Monday, when the Post published the first installment of a bombshell series on post-9/11 intelligence industrial complex, national security blogger William Arkin was hardly known to the paper’s readers. But from a media perspective, Arkin’s role as co-author of the series might be the more important. It marks the first time one of the Post’s bloggers – lately the cause of controversy because they sometimes blur opinion and reporting — has had a byline in one of the paper’s big, investigative...
  • Enhanced Interrogations Led to Bin Laden Kill: Senator

    05/03/2011 12:46:59 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 14 replies · 1+ views
    CNBC ^ | May 03, 2011 | CNBC
    A member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee has told CNBC that the death of Osama Bin Laden was a direct result of enhanced interrogations."The information that eventually led us to this compound was the direct result of enhanced interrogations; one can conclude if we had not used enhanced interrogations, we would not have come to yesterday's action," US Senator Richard Burr in a telephone interview with CNBC. As a member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr was briefed on the attack on the compound that led to Bin Laden's death and believes the failure of Pakistani security forces...
  • Property records give new insights into bin Laden

    05/04/2011 9:09:17 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 9 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | May 04, 2011 | Zaran Khan, Nahal Toosi
    The Pakistani who owned the compound that was Osama bin Laden's final hideaway meticulously bought up adjoining plots of land over two years and once cryptically told a seller that the property he bought for "an uncle" had become very valuable. The new information that emerged Wednesday provided a new glimpse of one of two key figures who sheltered bin Laden in his last years and whose identities remain one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the al-Qaida chief. ..... [ snip ] ..... Property records obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday show that a man named Mohammed Arshad bought...
  • Phone call by Kuwaiti courier led to bin Laden

    05/02/2011 8:17:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 2, 2011 | ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- When one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted aides picked up the phone last year, he unknowingly led U.S. pursuers to the doorstep of his boss, the world's most wanted terrorist. That phone call, recounted Sunday by a U.S. official, ended a years-long search for bin Laden's personal courier, the key break in a worldwide manhunt.
  • Democrats demand CIA detainee documents [Leahy & ACLU......}

    11/17/2006 4:54:21 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies · 1,756+ views
    Democrats demand CIA detainee documents By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer 53 minutes ago A Senate Democrat who will chair its Judiciary Committee next year asked the Justice Department to release newly acknowledged documents setting U.S. policy on how suspects in the war on terrorism are detained and interrogated. "The American people deserve to have detailed and accurate information about the role of the Bush administration in developing the interrogation policies and practices that have engendered such deep criticism and concern at home and around the world," Sen. Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record), D-Vt., wrote Attorney General Alberto Gonzales....
  • The Bush Administration On Trial

    11/23/2009 6:49:43 PM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies · 872+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/23/2009 | Thomas Joscelyn
    From Bloomberg: Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian who faces terrorism charges for his role in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies, asked a judge to order U.S. prosecutors to surrender information about “black sites” where he was held. Ghailani faces federal charges over the bombings of U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. Ghailani had been held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2006, before being transferred to the U.S. in June. He is the first detainee from Guantanamo Bay to be tried in a U.S. civilian court. In a...
  • The Secret War Against President Bush (John Gibson)

    04/22/2006 9:35:38 AM PDT · by oxcart · 53 replies · 2,468+ views
    Fox News ^ | 04/21/2006 | By John Gibson
    On Friday, the CIA busted one of its own and charged him — or her — with leaking classified information. While this guy or gal goes to jail, over at The Washington Post, reporter Dana Priest is still admiring the brand new Pulitzer Prize sitting on her mantle, for writing about what this very leaker told her: the secret prison story. It was last November when Priest published a story in The Washington Post that the U.S. was maintaining a secret array of prisons where American intelligence could interrogate Al Qaeda-types who had been captured on the field of battle...
  • Man in British Custody Is Linked to 2001 Attacks

    08/06/2004 9:26:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies · 1,656+ views
    The New York times ^ | August 7, 2004 | DOUGLAS JEHL and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    August 7, 2004THE OVERVIEWBin Laden Sent Suspect to U.S., Officials Say By DOUGLAS JEHL and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM ASHINGTON, Aug. 6 - American intelligence officials now believe that Issa al-Hindi, the alleged Qaeda operative now in British custody, was dispatched to the United States in early 2001 by the mastermind of the Sept. 11 plot at the direction of Osama bin Laden to case potential targets in New York City, senior government officials said Friday. The officials said that Mr. Hindi was the same person as the figure identified in the Sept. 11 commission report as Issa al-Britani. The...
  • CIA flights: Romania denies presence of secret prisons

    11/16/2007 7:02:04 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 22 replies · 247+ views
    AKI ^ | 16 Nov.
    Bucharest and Brussels, 16 Nov. (AKI) - Romania, one two countries accused by Europe's top human rights watchdog of hosting secret CIA jails used to interrogate Islamist terrorism suspects, says it has written to the European Union executive denying the charges. The letter to the European Commission is a response to a request from EU justice and security commissioner Franco Frattini asking Romania and Poland - the other country implicated by the Council of Europe - for an explanation. A Romanian spokeswoman in Brussels, Doris Mircea, said that a committee of inquiry set up by the government concluded that the...
  • CIA dissenters aided secret prisons report ("helped a European probe" -- TREASON)

    07/18/2007 10:12:54 AM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 31 replies · 985+ views
    Reuters / Yahoo News ^ | 07-17-07 | Marcin Grajewski
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Dissident U.S. intelligence officers angry at former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped a European probe uncover details of secret CIA prisons in Europe, the top investigator said on Tuesday. ADVERTISEMENT Swiss Senator Dick Marty, author of a Council of Europe report on the jails, said senior CIA officials disapproved of Rumsfeld's methods in hunting down terrorist suspects, and had agreed to talk to him on condition of anonymity. "There were huge conflicts between the CIA and Rumsfeld. Many leading figures in the CIA did not accept these methods at all," Marty told European Parliament committees, defending his...
  • CIA dissenters aided secret prisons report ("helped a European probe")

    07/17/2007 8:57:58 PM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 45 replies · 1,307+ views
    Reuters / Yahoo News ^ | 07-17-07 | Marcin Grajewski
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Dissident U.S. intelligence officers angry at former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped a European probe uncover details of secret CIA prisons in Europe, the top investigator said on Tuesday. Swiss Senator Dick Marty, author of a Council of Europe report on the jails, said senior CIA officials disapproved of Rumsfeld's methods in hunting down terrorist suspects, and had agreed to talk to him on condition of anonymity."There were huge conflicts between the CIA and Rumsfeld. Many leading figures in the CIA did not accept these methods at all," Marty told European Parliament committees, defending his work against...
  • Ethiopia secret prisons under scrutiny (by human rights groups)

    04/05/2007 9:13:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 295+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/5/07 | Anthony Mitchell - ap
    NAIROBI, Kenya - Ethiopia was under pressure Thursday to release details on detainees from 19 countries held at secret prisons in the country where U.S. agents have carried out interrogations in the hunt for al-Qaida in the Horn of Africa. Canada, Eritrea and Sweden were lobbying for information about their citizens. Human rights groups say hundreds of prisoners, including women and children, have been transferred secretly and illegally to the prisons in Ethiopia. An investigation by The Associated Press found that CIA and FBI agents have been interrogating the detainees. Officials from Ethiopia were not immediately available for comment, but...
  • Terror suspect 'tortured by US'

    03/30/2007 11:07:34 AM PDT · by mutantcoil · 18 replies · 264+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 30 March 2007
    A Saudi man held in US custody for five years has told a military hearing he was tortured into confessing a role in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, 41, said he had faced years of torture after his arrest in 2002, a Pentagon transcript from the closed-door hearing said.
  • Rockefeller mulls secret prison shutdown

    03/24/2007 9:23:01 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies · 974+ views
    Rockefeller mulls secret prison shutdown By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer 8 minutes ago The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is questioning whether the CIA's secret prison program — which he fears has become a black eye to the United States — should continue. The review led by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., comes as the Bush administration deliberates an executive order, called for by Congress, that will establish new guidelines for the CIA's system for detaining and interrogating suspected terrorists. It is the agency's most publicly controversial intelligence collection program. Rockefeller says there is no doubt that intelligence from...
  • Condi's trail of lies <<Sidney Blumenthal Alert!>>

    12/08/2005 5:19:35 AM PST · by johnny7 · 39 replies · 1,386+ views
    Salon ^ | Dec. 8, 2005 | By Sidney Blumenthal
    The metamorphosis of Condoleezza Rice from the chrysalis of the protégé into the butterfly of the State Department has not been a natural evolution but has demanded self-discipline. She has burnished an image of the ultimate loyalist, yet betrayed her mentor, George H.W. Bush's national security advisor Brent Scowcroft. She is the team player, yet carefully inserted knives in the back of her predecessor, Colin Powell, climbing up them like a ladder of success. She is the person most trusted on foreign policy by the president, yet was an enabler for Vice President Cheney and the neoconservatives. Now her public...
  • Germany issues CIA arrest orders

    01/31/2007 5:14:36 AM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 126 replies · 1,684+ views
    Germany has ordered the arrest of 13 suspected CIA agents over the alleged kidnapping of one of its citizens. Munich prosecutors confirmed that the warrants were linked to the case of Khaled al-Masri, a German national of Lebanese descent. Mr Masri says he was seized in Macedonia, flown to a secret prison in Afghanistan and mistreated there. He says he was released in Albania five months later when the Americans realised they had the wrong man. Mr Masri says his case is an example of the US policy of "extraordinary rendition" - a practice whereby the US government flies foreign...
  • CIA Makes Referral to Justice Department on Secret Prisons Story

    11/08/2005 5:52:19 PM PST · by aculeus · 50 replies · 1,551+ views
    Tampa Bay On Line (AP) ^ | November 8, 2005 | By Katherine Shrader Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA took the first step toward a criminal investigation of a leak of possibly classified information on secret prisons to The Washington Post, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The agency's general counsel sent a report to the Justice Department about the Post story, which reported the existence of secret U.S. detention centers for suspected terrorists in Eastern Europe. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue deals with classified information, said the referral was made shortly after the Nov. 2 story. The leak investigation into the disclosure of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame's...
  • Al Qaeda leader 'in secret CIA jail'

    10/15/2006 5:34:14 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 46 replies · 2,215+ views ^ | 15 October 2006
    A SUSPECTED al Qaeda leader, accused of being involved in September 11 and planning the 2004 Madrid train bombings, has been imprisoned in a secret US jail for the past year, Spain's El Pais newspaper reported today. Mustafa Setmarian, 48, a Syrian with Spanish citizenship, was captured in Pakistan in October 2005 and is held in a prison operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency, Pakistani and European security service officials told El Pais. A spokesman for the US embassy in Spain declined to comment on the report. Setmarian's 2005 capture was reported in May of this year after the...
  • FREEP THIS POLL, "Do you agree ww/ use of secret CIA-run prisons to hold some terrorism suspects?"

    09/07/2006 12:49:10 PM PDT · by Explorer24 · 93 replies · 1,801+ views
    Yes 34% No 66% Total Votes: 773
  • Secret Evidence for Secret Prisons? European leftists went crazy over charges & demanded probe

    06/18/2006 2:08:33 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 181+ views
    Via email from: Secret Evidence for Secret Prisons?By Cliff Kincaid  |  June 9, 2006European leftists went crazy over the charges and demanded the probe. Send this page to a friend Format this page for printing Desperate to justify its Pulitzer Prize-winning story about CIA "secret prisons" in Europe, the Washington Post on Thursday claimed that a European investigator by the name of Dick Marty had found "signs" or "indications" of their existence. In fact, the investigator's report admits he found no "hard evidence" of what the Post reported to be true.The U.S. State Department spokesman said about the...
  • Britain 'helped CIA kidnappers'

    06/07/2006 11:09:19 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 13 replies · 511+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 8, 2006 | David Rennie
    Britain was named yesterday as one of 14 European nations that allegedly helped the Central Intelligence Agency abduct and secretly transport terrorist suspects to countries where they faced torture.The accusations came in a report by a former Swiss prosecutor for the Council of Europe, which monitors human rights in 46 European nations. Tony Blair denied the collusion allegations and said the report, by the Swiss senator Dick Marty, contained no fresh evidence. Mr Blair told MPs during Prime Minister's Questions: "I have to say the Council of Europe report has absolutely nothing new in it." In Washington, a spokesman for...
  • Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You're Calling (Leaking about the FBI's Leak Investigation)

    05/18/2006 5:51:24 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 8 replies · 347+ views
    ABC News Blog ^ | May 15, 2006 | Brian Ross and Richard Esposito
    Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You're Calling May 15, 2006 10:33 AM Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report: A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we (Brian Ross and Richard Esposito) call in an effort to root out confidential sources. "It's time for you to get some new cell phones, quick," the source told us in an in-person conversation. ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA...
  • ABC Reporter Exposes Detainee Prisons, Proud Of His Work (VIDEO)

    12/08/2005 9:00:48 PM PST · by Mo1 · 9 replies · 373+ views ^ | December 8, 2005
    ABC News Correspondent Brian Ross appeared on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss the exposure of detainee prisons in Western Europe. Ross is among a handful of reporters who have exposed these black prisons and embarrassed our country. Ross says he does not feel that this hurts the USA’s image around the world, in fact he thinks what he did helped it. DOWNLOAD and view video here.
  • Report says U.S. secretly held 2 prisoners (Amnesty Int'l says 2 Yemenis were held for 18 mos.)

    08/03/2005 6:15:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 640+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/3/05 | Michelle Faul - AP
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Two Yemeni men say they were held in solitary confinement in secret, underground U.S. detention facilities in an unknown country and interrogated by masked men for more than 18 months without being charged or allowed any contact with the outside world, Amnesty International charged Wednesday. Amnesty and human rights lawyers argued that the report added to long-standing claims that the United States has held "secret detainees" in its war on terror. "We fear that what we have heard from these two men is just one small part of the much broader picture of U.S....
  • ‘Gulag’ leak from CIA men

    11/05/2005 5:03:30 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 35 replies · 1,558+ views
    The Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | 11/05/05 | Tony Allen-Mills
    EASTERN European countries were yesterday scrambling to distance themselves from the CIA as officials in Washington searched for the source of an embarrassing leak that exposed a programme of secret jails for terrorist detainees. Claims that the CIA has been hiding prominent Al-Qaeda members at a so-called “black site” facility in eastern Europe have prompted angry denials from Romania, Poland and Albania. As details emerged yesterday of CIA flights to remote military airfields in northeast Poland and southeast Romania, George W Bush’s administration ordered an internal inquiry into how classified data was leaked to The Washington Post and Human Rights...
  • Mueller: FBI Probes Classified Data Leaks ["We do have investigations going," Mueller said..]

    04/24/2006 12:30:53 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies · 1,648+ views
    Mueller: FBI Probes Classified Data Leaks By TIM WHITMIRE, Associated Press Writer 12 minutes ago The FBI is conducting investigations similar to the one that resulted in last week's firing of a senior CIA analyst who acknowledged leaking classified information, director Robert Mueller said Monday. "We do have investigations going," Mueller said following a visit to the FBI's Charlotte office, which oversees the agency's operations in North Carolina. "Leaking of classified materials is a concern for those agencies that have classified materials." Mary McCarthy, who was nearing retirement at the CIA, has been identified as being fired after leaking information...
  • Mr Dana Priest-Goodfellow's Political Connections

    04/30/2006 12:15:40 PM PDT · by Sam Hill · 42 replies · 1,236+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | April 30, 2006 | N/A
    Here is another informative schematic from Jennifer Verner: Readers are encouraged to Google the groups and individuals listed to find out just who William Goodfellow is, and what those "secret prison" articles penned by his wife Dana Priest are really all about.
  • Is The 2005 Priest Story A Fraud?

    04/27/2006 8:49:23 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 26 replies · 1,021+ views
    RiehlWorldView ^ | 4/26/2006 | Riehl
    Update: In 2002 the WaPo called the International detention (prison) story vital - in 2005 they quote another official calling it a burden. In 2002 they informed people that Clinton initiated the practice of extraordinary rendition. In 2005, they made it look like a creation of George Bush. What changed?
  • Leaking At All Costs: What the CIA is willing to do to hurt the Bush administration.

    11/29/2005 9:20:39 PM PST · by quidnunc · 40 replies · 1,667+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 30, 2005 | John Hinderaker
    The CIA'S war against the Bush administration is one of the great untold stories of the past three years. It is, perhaps, the agency's most successful covert action of recent times. The CIA has used its budget to fund criticism of the administration by former Democratic officeholders. The agency allowed an employee, Michael Scheuer, to publish and promote a book containing classified information, as long as, in Scheuer's words, "the book was being used to bash the president." However, the agency's preferred weapon has been the leak. In one leak after another, generally to the New York Times or the...
  • C.I.A. Defends Officer's Firing in Leak Case

    04/25/2006 8:57:49 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 69 replies · 1,465+ views ^ | April 26, 2006 | MARK MAZZETTI and SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON, April 25 — The Central Intelligence Agency on Tuesday defended the firing of Mary O. McCarthy, the veteran officer who was dismissed last week, and challenged her lawyer's statements that Ms. McCarthy never provided classified information to the news media. But intelligence officials would not say whether they believed that Ms. McCarthy had been a source for a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles in The Washington Post about secret C.I.A. detention centers abroad. Media accounts have linked Ms. McCarthy's firing to the articles, but the C.I.A. has never explicitly drawn such a connection (snip) A C.I.A. spokeswoman, Jennifer Millerwise...
  • Mary McCarthy CIA Leak Scandal: Give Back the Tainted Pulitzers

    04/23/2006 1:25:44 PM PDT · by Coastal · 24 replies · 1,387+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | 4-23-06 | Cliff Kincaid
    It appears that one of the main sources of Washington Post reporter Dana Priest’s dubious November 2, 2005, story about CIA “secret prisons” abroad was CIA officer and former Clinton official Mary O. McCarthy, whose firing by the agency because of her leaks to Priest and other journalists has been making headlines. She had been hired by Rand Beers of the Clinton National Security Council, who went on to serve as an adviser to the 2004 presidential campaign of Senator John Kerry. Mary O. McCarthy, identified as a “U.S. Government/analyst,” is listed in Federal Election Commission records as a financial...
  • EU official: No evidence of illegal CIA action (No proof of secret prisons)

    04/21/2006 12:46:28 PM PDT · by hipaatwo · 42 replies · 777+ views
    Antiterror chief advises committee By Jan Silva, Associated Press | April 21, 2006 BRUSSELS -- Investigations into reports that US agents shipped prisoners through European airports to secret detention centers have produced no evidence of illegal CIA activities, the European Union's antiterrorism coordinator said yesterday. The investigations also have not turned up any proof of secret renditions of terror suspects on EU territory, Gijs de Vries told a European Parliament committee investigating the allegations. The European Parliament's probe and a similar one by the continent's leading human rights watchdog are looking into whether US intelligence agents interrogated Al Qaeda suspects...
  • Expect Journalistic Tongues to Loosen (Jack Kelly)

    03/06/2006 9:41:50 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 28 replies · 1,254+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 3-7-06 | Jack Kelly - Commentary
    March 7, 2006 Expect Journalistic Tongues to Loosen By Jack Kelly Journalists will be paying rapt attention when Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman go on trial next month for violation of the Espionage Act of 1917. Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman were officials of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. They received classified information from Lawrence Franklin, an analyst at the Department of Defense, which they passed on to an Israeli diplomat, and to journalists. They are the first private citizens ever to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. Mr. Franklin pled guilty Jan. 20th and was sentenced to more than...
  • EU Seeks CIA Info on Secret Prisons

    02/14/2006 4:08:16 PM PST · by The_Republican · 9 replies · 252+ views
    Yahoo (Associated Press) ^ | Feb 14th, 2006 | Jan Silva
    STRASBOURG, France - A European Parliament committee investigating allegations that the CIA had secret prisons in Europe will contact senior CIA and Bush administration officials in the next few days — and ask them to testify on the matter, an official said Tuesday. Italian Socialist deputy Giovanni Claudio Fava said the committee will start its work by questioning non-governmental and human rights organizations such as the New-York based Human Rights watch, which said it has circumstantial evidence indicating that the CIA transported suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan to Poland and Romania. Fava said EU lawmakers would then seek to speak...
  • Is CIA Leak Probe a 'Witch Hunt'?

    02/07/2006 6:34:17 AM PST · by digger48 · 86 replies · 3,220+ views
    ABC ^ | 2-7-06 | Brian Ross and Richard Esposito
    Director Launches Investigation Into Who Gave Sensitive Information To The Media. Feb 7, 2006 — The director of the CIA has launched a major internal probe into media leaks about covert operations. In an agencywide e-mail, Porter Goss blamed "a very small number of people" for leaks about secret CIA operations that, in his words, "do damage to the credibility of the agency." According to people familiar with the Goss e-mail, sent in late January and classified secret, the CIA director warned that any CIA officer deemed suspect by the agency's Office of Security and its Counter Intelligence Center (which...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sources Tell ABC News Top Al Qaeda Figures Held in Secret CIA Prisons

    12/05/2005 5:35:03 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 132 replies · 3,513+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 5 2005 | BRIAN ROSS and RICHARD ESPOSITO
    Dec. 5, 2005 — Two CIA secret prisons were operating in Eastern Europe until last month when they were shut down following Human Rights Watch reports of their existence in Poland and Romania. Current and former CIA officers speaking to ABC News on the condition of confidentiality say the United States scrambled to get all the suspects off European soil before Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived there today. The officers say 11 top al Qaeda suspects have now been moved to a new CIA facility in the North African desert. All but one of these 11 high-value al Qaeda...
  • What Side is the New York Times On?

    12/02/2005 3:55:17 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 63 replies · 1,684+ views
    Ten more American soldiers, all Marines, were killed today (Friday) near Fallujah while on foot patrol. Anticipating the coverage by the New York Times on these deaths, I ask, “What side is the Times on?” The Times was created before the Civil War. So, it covered that war, the bloodiest that America has ever fought in percentage of the population who were killed. That was also the most costly, in percentage of the national wealth spent in it. But did the Times make any attempt to cover that war death by death, profiling and decrying every single soldier who fell,...
  • EU May Suspend Nations With Secret Prisons

    11/28/2005 8:07:52 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,271+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/28/05 | Paul ames - ap
    BERLIN - The United States has told the European Union it needs more time to respond to media reports that the CIA set up secret jails in some European nations and transported terror suspects by covert flights, the top EU justice official said Monday. Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini also warned that that any of the 25 bloc nations found to have operated secret CIA prisons could have their EU voting rights suspended. The Council of Europe — the continent's main human rights watchdog — is investigating the allegations, and EU justice official Jonathan Faul last week formally...
  • Secrets of Soviet Prisons

    11/21/2005 8:39:28 AM PST · by J.Parker · 1 replies · 360+ views
    The Following Secrets of Stalin's Soviet Prisons are revealed in SWORD OF THE TURUL, based on a survivor's memoirs and recollections: -Prisoners kept in the secret special section were bombarded with ultrasonic sounds in different languages. -The ultrasonic sounds would often be based on what the NKVD operators of the system had learned from the hidden microphones in the cells. -Not all prisoner interrogations were recorded. -“Trials” were at night and defendants were not given a chance to speak. - Kitchen helpers were believed by many to be prison informants. -The worst prison was Lefortovo. Even Lubyanka was considered less...
  • How many innocent people will die because of the recent Washington Post revelations?

    11/05/2005 6:54:54 AM PST · by KCRW · 69 replies · 2,372+ views
    NRO ^ | 11/04/2005 | William Bennett
    Item: Dana Priest of the Washington Post writes a front-page story on Wednesday headlined, CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons. Pay close attention to the second sentence of the story: "The secret facility is part of a covert prison system set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents." "Secret"! "Covert"! So after the press...