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September 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. authorities have told Germany that they will not extradite 13 purported CIA agents sought in the alleged kidnapping of a German citizen, an official said. A spokeswoman for Germany's Justice Ministry said the Bush administration told Berlin it would not hand over the group and said the ministry had decided not to give Washington the formal request for their arrest. Munich prosecutors accuse them of wrongfully imprisoning Khaled Masri and causing him serious bodily harm.
September 23, 2007 | Amy B. Zegart, Amy B. Zegart is an associate professor of public policy at UCLA and the author of "Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11."
The CIA turned 60 last week, but there wasn't much cause for celebrating. The storied spy agency has become a shell of its former self -- demoted beneath a director of national intelligence, dogged by criticism and bureaucratic turf wars, and demoralized by the fact that its glory days (which were never so glorious) are fading fast.
September 15, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
Three years after he quit the CIA in a high- profile clash with agency leaders, veteran spy Michael J. Sulick was brought back into the fold on Friday and put in charge of running the CIA's clandestine operations. In rehiring Sulick, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden is turning to a widely respected case officer who spent the bulk of his overseas career in Cold War outposts.
September 8, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said Friday that the agency's ability to pursue Al Qaeda and other terrorist networks was being hampered by declining political and public support for aggressive methods that the CIA had used in interrogations and other counter- terrorism operations.
August 22, 2007 | Greg Miller and Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writers
The CIA never developed an overall strategy for confronting Al Qaeda and let precious resources and capabilities go unused in the years leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks, according to an internal investigation that the agency had fought to keep secret for the last two years. The report from the agency's inspector general, declassified Tuesday, adds disturbing new details to an already extensive public record of Sept. 11-related failures.
July 21, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
President Bush signed an order Friday that clears the way for the CIA to resume some of the harsh interrogation methods it has used against terrorism suspects, but the order prohibits techniques that had caused an international outcry, including sexual humiliation and the denigration of religious symbols.
June 27, 2007 | Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writer
The international controversy over the CIA's role in running extrajudicial prisons and reputedly harshly interrogating terrorism suspects overseas since the Sept. 11 attacks may have been foreshadowed by an infamous case described in "the family jewels" documents released Tuesday. In 1962, the CIA recruited a Soviet intelligence officer named Yuri Ivanovich Nosenko in Geneva.
June 19, 2007 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
The first trial involving one of the Bush administration's most controversial counter-terrorism practices was put on hold Monday by an Italian judge who decided to await a higher court's ruling on challenges to the case. The decision was a setback for prosecutors attempting to try 26 Americans, most of them CIA agents, for snatching a radical Muslim cleric off the streets of Milan in 2003 and transporting him to his native Egypt, where he has said he was tortured.
June 1, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
A Senate committee that has passed a bill to set funding levels for U.S. spy agencies suggests that the CIA's secret overseas prisons should be shut down unless the Bush administration can demonstrate that they are "necessary, lawful and in the best interests of the United States."
June 1, 2007 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
Simon & Schuster and author Valerie Plame, a former covert agent for the Central Intelligence Agency, said Thursday that they are suing the CIA for attempting to block her efforts to write a book about her years of service. Plame became the focus of controversy when several Bush administration officials were accused of leaking her covert status to journalists in 2003 after her husband, former envoy Joseph C.
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