CIA finds no P.O.W.s in Laos, but M.I.A.
In December of 2001, U.S.
Which is closer to dying: Osama bin Laden or the CIA’s effort to catch him? Nothing has characterized the fruitlessness of the hunt for the al-Qaeda leader so much as the recurrent and mostly inaccurate reports that he is seriously ailing, or even at death’s door.
They called him by fanciful code names — Top Hat, Bourbon, Donald, Roam — and on the days when his latest cache of secrets would arrive at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, a CIA officer says, “it was like Christmas.” There was something for everyone.
Whatever Leon Panetta lacked in formal intel experience he would make up for with his political smarts. That was one of the chief points made in his favor when the Obama Administration named the former California congressman and Clinton White House chief of staff as its first CIA Director.
Is CIA morale going to suffer from the Justice Department’s opening of an investigation into the agency’s use of harsh interrogation methods under the Bush Administration? To a degree, yes.
CIA interrogators threatened an al Qaeda prisoner with a gun and an electric drill to try to scare him into giving up information, according to a long-concealed inspector-general’s report due to be made public on Monday, sources familiar with the report confirmed to CNN. The gun and drill were used in two separate interrogation sessions against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, one of the sources said
The last thing the CIA needs right now is another scandal, let alone two. Allegations that the CIA chief in Algiers drugged and raped two women is going to hurt badly. The accusations that Harold Nicholson, a former CIA operative in federal prison convicted of spying for the KGB, continued his work from behind bars isn’t nearly as serious, but it won’t exactly help the agency’s reputation
The other shoe has dropped. CIA Director Leon Panetta, it turns out, ran up to up to Capitol Hill this June not simply to confess the CIA had a secret assassination program it never implemented but rather to confess it had sub-contracted the job out
CIA Director Leon Panetta recently testified to Congress that the agency concealed information and misled lawmakers repeatedly since 2001, according to a letter from seven House Democrats to Panetta made public Wednesday. The letter to Panetta, dated June 26, was published on the Web site of Rep