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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 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."
May 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A German citizen who said the CIA kidnapped him and tortured him in an Afghan prison has been detained on suspicion of arson and sent to a hospital psychiatric ward, police said. Khaled Masri, 43, set fire to the entrance of a wholesale market in the southern German town of Neu-Ulm, police said. The damage was estimated at $680,000. Masri's lawyer, Manfred Gnjidic, said his client had "a complete nervous breakdown." "Torture victims have to be in therapy," Gnjidic said.
April 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A top Italian court said it would review the indictment of 26 Americans, mostly suspected CIA operatives, in a move that could delay any trial connected to the 2003 kidnapping of a Muslim cleric. The Americans are accused of kidnapping. Italy's government appealed to the Constitutional Court last month in a bid to avoid the first criminal trial stemming from the CIA's "extraordinary renditions." The court noted that the Italian government cited concerns over state secrets.
March 26, 2007 | From Reuters
Colombia on Sunday rejected a Los Angeles Times report that the CIA had intelligence alleging that the country's army chief collaborated with right-wing militias accused of atrocities, drug trafficking and massacres. The report, published Sunday, cited a CIA document about Colombia's army commander, Gen. Mario Montoya, and a paramilitary group jointly planning and conducting an operation in 2002 to wipe out Marxist guerrillas from poor areas around Medellin.
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