June 9, 2000 |
Not many years ago, the Central Intelligence Agency automatically denied a security clearance to anyone it suspected was homosexual, on the theory that gay men and lesbians were ripe for blackmail. This week, the CIA held a gay pride celebration at its Langley, Va., headquarters, hosting gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) at a ceremony intended to underscore how far the agency has come from its homophobic past.
August 20, 1992 |
The Bush Administration is intensifying its efforts to secure the return of Edward Lee Howard, a former CIA agent who defected to the Soviet Union in 1985 and fled to Sweden when the Communist empire collapsed, officials here indicated Wednesday. The move comes in the wake of a fresh decision by the Swedish immigration board that, in the opinion of U.S.
October 20, 1996 |
The crack epidemic in Los Angeles followed no blueprint or master plan. It was not orchestrated by the Contras or the CIA or any single drug ring. No one trafficker, even the kingpins who sold thousands of kilos and pocketed millions of dollars, ever came close to monopolizing the trade.
November 7, 1987 |
A CIA agent will be allowed to deliver guest lectures in political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, but his teaching status has been downgraded and he is forbidden to recruit, the school's chancellor announced Friday in a decision raising the issue of academic freedom. The action by Chancellor Barbara S. Uehling came a day after student protesters occupied her office and demanded she ban CIA agent George A. Chritton Jr. from the campus.
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October 27, 1998
There are some hard questions to be asked about the role assigned the Central Intelligence Agency in overseeing certain security provisions in the new Israeli-Palestinian agreement, and Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, plans to hold early hearings to seek answers.
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December 30, 1994
R. James Woolsey is a good man who took over direction of the Central Intelligence Agency at what was perhaps the worst time in its history. During his short tenure he was severely criticized for failing to radically change an excessively self-protective bureaucracy that had developed over decades.
October 23, 1991 |
Former White House aide Oliver L. North said Tuesday that Robert M. Gates, President Bush's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, knew about his secret operation to fund Nicaragua's Contra rebels. But North added that he does not know whether Gates was told that profits from secret missile sales to Iran were diverted to the Contras.
March 22, 1994 |
Former CIA Director Robert M. Gates on Monday dismissed as "nonsense" claims that internal security procedures had been a mess under his stewardship of the spy agency. Blasting what he described as a rush to judgment, Gates said it was too early to draw conclusions about the case of Aldrich H. Ames, the Central Intelligence Agency officer accused of spying for Moscow. "I think it's nonsense that there's a systemic problem in security," he said in an interview.
November 13, 1991 |
President Bush, speaking at the swearing-in of Robert M. Gates to be the 15th director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said Tuesday that the CIA must change "as rapidly and as profoundly as the world itself has changed." Bush said that the agency must evolve from its Cold War past to confront the problems of the 21st Century, including weapons proliferation, economic espionage, terrorism and drug trafficking.
May 16, 1991 |
Gen. Manuel A. Noriega, Panama's former strongman leader, was paid more than $11 million from a Central Intelligence Agency slush fund, according to a Noriega defense document released Wednesday. And despite federal charges that Noriega was heavily involved in drug smuggling, the document contends that he once warned the CIA to put an end to cocaine shipments to the United States that were being used to raise funds for the Contras in Nicaragua.