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March 22, 2009 | Associated Press
The new CIA director held high-level talks in Pakistan as the Obama administration seeks a strategy to turn around the faltering war against Taliban militants in Afghanistan. Leon Panetta arrived in Pakistan on Saturday on his first overseas trip since taking office amid U.S. concerns that political turmoil in Pakistan is distracting its government and army from combating Islamist insurgents who threaten the stability of the country and the surrounding region.
March 16, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - The CIA's chief of Iran operations was placed on paid administrative leave and sent home from agency headquarters after an internal investigation found he had created an abusive and hostile work environment that put a crucial division in disarray, according to current and former officials. Officers and analysts in the Iran operations division, which coordinates spying on Iran and its nuclear program, were informed at a meeting last week at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., of the decision to suspend Jonathan Bank, a veteran officer and member of the senior intelligence service.
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.
December 24, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Jonna Mendez was a globe-trotting spy for nearly three decades, briefing the president, slipping across borders armed with false identities, using cameras so tiny they fit into a lipstick tube or a blazer button. As the CIA's chief of disguise, she helped fellow agents avoid detection. She married Tony Mendez, a fellow agent recently portrayed by actor Ben Affleck in the Oscar-winning espionage film "Argo. " In retirement, Jonna Mendez's undercover operations haven't stopped.
April 23, 1989
Councilman Frank Fry claimed he is trying to bring the Westminster community together, but by saying a racially discriminatory slur, he identified himself as one who is trying to divide the community. He also claimed he is not a bigot since he has served 18 years on the City Council; he just emerged himself as a known bigot from an unknown one. HUAN NGUYEN Irvine
Former CIA Director William E. Colby added his voice Sunday to those supporting Robert M. Gates' nomination to head the intelligence agency, arguing that Gates had successfully disproved allegations that he tailored analyses to suit his political bosses. Gates also came "awfully close" to predicting the aborted August coup in Moscow, Colby said on CNN's "Newsmaker Sunday" interview program. "If the coup had succeeded," Gates would be "bathing in glory" now, he added.
May 1, 1987 | United Press International
The Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously approved FBI Director William H. Webster's nomination to be CIA chief today, apparently satisfied with his explanation about the bureau's links to the Iran- contra scandal. The 15-0 vote came less than 24 hours after the panel's third confirmation hearing for Webster, in which he disclosed two additional attempts by Lt. Col. Oliver L.
September 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
CIA Director George J. Tenet said nuclear secrets downloaded by scientist Wen Ho Lee would offer another country "a graduate course in nuclear weapons design" but not the means to build a weapon, a written statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee said. "This information would help primarily from a design perspective . . . ," Tenet said. "But for a country to . . . deploy a nuclear weapon, more is required than design codes."
December 3, 1994 | From the Washington Post
Former CIA Director Stansfield Turner stunned a conference of dozens of current and former agency analysts Friday with a blunt critique of the CIA's effectiveness--and his own--during his term in office. Although not listed on the program, Turner stole the spotlight when he told the audience the agency had shortchanged President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s.
July 18, 2013 | By Tom Kington and Ken Dilanian
ROME -- A former CIA base chief in Italy who was convicted in absentia in the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric from the streets of Milan, has been arrested, an Italian Justice Ministry official said Thursday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to say where and when Robert Seldon Lady's arrest took place. The Italian news agency Adnkronos quoted police in Panama as saying that Lady was taken into custody near the border with Costa Rica.[Link in Italian]
May 2, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
David H. Petraeus, the former four-star U.S. Army general who resigned as head of the Central Intelligence Agency last year after confessing to an extramarital affair, will teach part-time at USC and help mentor students who are veterans, officials are announcing Thursday. Petraeus, who commanded coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, will teach and participate in seminars on such issues as international relations, government, leadership, information technology and energy, according to USC. The retired general last month also accepted a visiting faculty position at the City University of New York.
March 26, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Signaling a desire to return to public life, retired Gen. David H. Petraeus offered an apology Tuesday for the scandal that led to his resignation as director of the CIA and brought an illustrious career to an abrupt end. Petraeus has kept a low profile since admitting to an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, in November. The speech, at a USC dinner honoring veterans and ROTC students, is the first step in what appears to be a carefully choreographed comeback attempt.
March 7, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON   - The Senate voted Thursday to confirm John Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, ending weeks of delay as lawmakers sought access to secret Obama administration documents about the targeted killing of militants overseas and the Sept. 11 attacks last year that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. The 63 to 34 vote came a day after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) launched a rare and dramatic form of filibuster - talking for nearly 13 hours Wednesday on the Senate floor  - to express concerns that the Obama administration had not categorically ruled out authority to use a drone to target an American on U.S. soil.
March 6, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Can the president legally order a drone strike to kill an American on U.S. soil? Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. wrote this week in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that he could envision "an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate" to use such lethal force. Those words touched off a heated debate Wednesday in the Senate over when and where the president can order the killing of U.S. citizens designated as "enemy combatants. " President Obama and his aides have said that targeted killings of Americans must be governed by some due process.
January 7, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama tapped two controversial figures to lead his national security team Monday, and warned that any delays caused by a confirmation fight would put the safety of the country at risk. When it comes to national security, Obama said, “we don't like to leave a lot of gaps between the time that one set of leaders transitions out and another transitions in.” But a fight was unfolding even as Obama made official the announcements of Chuck Hagel as his choice for Pentagon chief and John Brennan as head of the CIA, despite Obama's efforts to package them as a bipartisan pair.
November 9, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - CIA Director David H. Petraeus abruptly resigned Friday after a brief but troubled tenure as head of America's clandestine spy service, citing his "extremely poor judgment" for engaging in an extramarital affair that the FBI had uncovered in an unrelated investigation. The scandal threw the CIA into turmoil three days after the presidential election and caused consternation at the White House, which had assumed the widely respected former war commander in Iraq and Afghanistan would keep his national security position in the second Obama administration.
October 28, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. government offered a $25-million bounty for Osama bin Laden, but there was a lesser-known enticement for then-CIA chief Leon Panetta: a sip or two of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1870, one of the world's most celebrated wines. Last year, Panetta attended an annual New Year's Eve gathering hosted by Monterey restaurateur Ted Balestreri, who was chided by some of his 28 guests about the $10,000 bottle of wine sitting in his wine cellar. Asked when he would finally uncork it, he answered: "When Leon catches Bin Laden.
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