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December 9, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The CIA launched a secret program in 2005 designed to degrade Iran's nuclear weapons program by persuading key officials to defect, an effort that has prompted a "handful" of significant departures, current and former U.S. intelligence officials familiar with the operation say. The previously undisclosed program, which CIA officials dubbed "the Brain Drain," is part of a major intelligence push against Iran ordered by the White House two years ago.
December 9, 2007 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
The Justice Department and the CIA's Office of the Inspector General said Saturday that they had launched a joint inquiry into the CIA's controversial destruction of videotaped interrogations of two Al Qaeda suspects. The preliminary inquiry would be a first step in determining whether a full investigation and potential criminal charges were warranted. The probe had been under discussion since shortly after CIA Director Michael V.
December 8, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
Key members of Congress on Friday called for multiple investigations into the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes, charging the agency may have eliminated evidence of torture, obstructed justice or engaged in an illegal coverup. The CIA's disclosure that it had destroyed tapes showing harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects rekindled the emotional controversy surrounding U.S.
October 13, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
washington -- Key lawmakers criticized CIA Director Michael V. Hayden's decision to launch an investigation of the spy agency's inspector general, saying Friday that the move threatens the independence of the official who serves by statute as the agency's watchdog.
October 12, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
CIA Director Michael V. Hayden has mounted a highly unusual challenge to the agency's chief watchdog, ordering an internal investigation of an inspector general who has issued a series of scathing reports sharply critical of top CIA officials, according to government officials familiar with the matter. The move has prompted concerns that Hayden is seeking to rein in an inspector general who has used the office to bring harsh scrutiny of CIA figures including former Director George J.
October 10, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
In a victory for the Bush administration and its use of the "state secrets" defense, the Supreme Court refused Tuesday to hear a lawsuit from a German car salesman who said he was wrongly abducted, imprisoned and tortured by the CIA in a case of mistaken identity. The court's action, taken without comment, was a setback for civil libertarians who had hoped to win limits on the secrecy rule, a legacy of the Cold War. Since the Sept.
October 6, 2007 | Greg Miller and Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writers
washington -- President Bush on Friday defended the CIA's harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, saying its methods do not constitute torture and are necessary to protect America from attack. But Bush's declaration that the United States "does not torture people" did little to dampen the fallout from fresh evidence that his administration has used secret legal memos to sanction tactics that stretch, if not circumvent, the law.
September 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Parliament voted to designate the CIA and the U.S. Army as "terrorist organizations" in a session broadcast live on state-run radio. The resolution, a response to a U.S. Senate move seeking a similar designation for Iran's Revolutionary Guard, urges President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government to treat the Army and CIA as terrorist groups. It would become law if ratified by Iran's hard-line constitutional watchdog. The White House declined to comment.
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.
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