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April 20, 2009 | From Times Wire Services
The Obama administration opposes any effort to prosecute those in the Justice Department who drafted legal memos authorizing harsh interrogations at secret CIA prisons, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said Sunday. Some analysts and lawmakers have called for investigations and possible prosecution of those involved because they say four of the memos, disclosed last week by President Obama, illegally authorized torture.
April 18, 2009 | Washington Post
When the CIA began what it called an "increased pressure phase" with captured terrorist suspect Abu Zubaida in summer 2002, its first step was to limit the detainee's human contact to just two people. One was the CIA interrogator, the other a psychologist. During the extraordinary weeks that followed, it was the psychologist who apparently played the more critical role.
April 16, 2009 | Associated Press
A former No. 2 State Department official in the Bush administration says he hopes he would have had the courage to resign if he had known the CIA was subjecting terrorism suspects to waterboarding, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning. Richard L. Armitage, the former deputy secretary of State, told Al Jazeera English television in an interview airing Wednesday that waterboarding is torture.
April 8, 2009 | Corina Knoll
A Central Intelligence Agency recruiting event held Tuesday at USC drew dozens of interested students, as well as a small group of protesters. Advertised, promoted and run by USC students as part of a project for their marketing class, the event offered their classmates a chance to speak with CIA officers and learn about the government agency. "We did a pre-campaign survey and found that 80% of students never consider working for the government," said professor Therese Wilbur, who teaches the class.
March 29, 2009 | Larry Gordon
It's not all cloak-and-dagger anymore. These days, the Central Intelligence Agency is using marketing classes at USC and elsewhere to create public recruitment campaigns on college campuses. The timing during such a deep recession helps sell the agency as an attractive employer, say USC students involved in advertising a CIA recruiting event at their school next month.
February 6, 2009 | Greg Miller
Leon E. Panetta, President Obama's pick to lead the CIA, testified Thursday that he believes the harsh interrogation technique known as waterboarding is torture, and he vowed to end an era in which the CIA's conduct drew controversy in the United States and condemnation around the world. "I believe that waterboarding is torture and it's wrong," Panetta said during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
January 29, 2009 | Greg Miller
The CIA has removed its station chief in Algeria from his post amid an investigation by the Justice Department of allegations that the officer drugged and raped two Algerian women, according to current and former U.S. government officials familiar with the matter. The officer, identified in an affidavit as Andrew Warren, served as the agency's top official in Algeria until late last year, and previously held high-level positions in Afghanistan and Egypt, officials said.
January 7, 2009 | Greg Miller and Peter Nicholas
After promising during the campaign to restore order and accountability to the nation's spy agencies, President-elect Barack Obama has been beset by uncharacteristic blunders in his effort to assemble an intelligence team. His selection of Leon E. Panetta as CIA director marked the first time Obama faced immediate opposition from his own party over a Cabinet nomination.
December 19, 2008 | Associated Press
Alberto R. Gonzales misled Congress when as White House counsel he claimed that the CIA had approved information that ended up in the 2003 State of the Union speech about Iraq's alleged effort to buy uranium for its nuclear weapons program, a House Democrat said Thursday. In a memo to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, panel Chairman Henry A.
November 21, 2008 | Greg Miller, Miller is a writer in our Washington bureau.
An internal investigation by the CIA found that agency officials engaged in a cover-up to hide agency negligence in the downing of a private airplane over Peru in 2001 as part of a mistaken attack on an aircraft suspected of carrying illegal narcotics. Excerpts of an internal CIA report released Thursday accuse agency officials of lying to members of Congress and withholding crucial information from criminal investigators and senior Bush administration officials.
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