February 2, 2013
Re "Former CIA officer sentenced in leak case," Jan. 26 The Justice Department will not prosecute CIA officials who approved or conducted "enhanced interrogations," and yet it goes after the man who blew the whistle on these practices. I suppose it is too much to hope that Obama will commute the sentence of John Kiriakou, as President George W. Bush did for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Jean Koch Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Researching marijuana Letters: Women deserve a fighting chance Letters: Who should pay for illegal immigration?
January 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Nearly a decade after the last Al Qaeda detainee was waterboarded, Americans still know little about what the CIA did to its prisoners, or whether it worked. President Obama decided against an investigation to hold accountable George W. Bush administration and CIA officials who conceived and carried out what he and others believed were acts of torture. And a criminal investigation ended last year with no charges and no public report. But now, a Hollywood movie has put renewed pressure on CIA officials to reveal whether simulated drowning and other harsh techniques elicited valuable intelligence, as the agency has long contended.
January 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After complaining for weeks that the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” erroneously implies that torture yielded key information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, a trio of senior senators now want to know whether CIA personnel deliberately misled the filmmakers on that point. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, along with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), said Thursday that they had sent two letters to acting CIA chief Michael Morell.
November 9, 2012 |
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.
June 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Disputing allegations by some Republican lawmakers, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta denied Wednesday that any classified information or material was given to the Hollywood producers of a planned film about the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last year. Panetta, who previously headed the CIA, told the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee that director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal were given the same kind of access as other Americans who seek help from the Pentagon.
May 1, 2012 |
Mistakes were made, but on balance waterboarding of terrorism suspects made the world safer. That is the conclusion of Jose Rodriguez, a key CIA architect of the harsh measures used to elicit intelligence from prisoners snatched from the streets of foreign countries and flown to a globe-spanning network of secret prisons for interrogation. But in Europe, where leaders of developing democracies like Poland, Lithuania and Romania allowed the CIA to conduct counter-terrorism activities the Council of Europe defines as torture, Rodriguez's position is unlikely to dampen the quest for accountability for those who welcomed U.S. agents.