January 17, 2000 |
State Department security officials failed to sweep scores of rooms for bugging devices and repeatedly failed to account for highly classified documents, according to an audit by the department's inspector general. The inspector general said lax security procedures plagued the department's handling of "sensitive compartmented information," or SCI, the government's most sensitive intelligence reports. The report said 140 offices handling those materials had never been swept for listening devices.
November 7, 2000 |
The State Department asked Texas officials to give "careful consideration" to a clemency request from Mexican citizen Miguel Angel Flores, who is scheduled to die by injection Thursday. The State Department noted that Texas may have violated an international treaty by not advising Flores of his right to notify the Mexican consulate when he was arrested. Flores, 31, raped and murdered college student Angela Tyson in 1989. Mexico has urged Texas Gov. George W.
June 14, 2004 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Sunday blamed mistakes in data collection, not political considerations, for a "very embarrassing" State Department report that said terrorist attacks worldwide had decreased in 2003 when, in fact, they had risen significantly. On Sunday TV talk shows, Powell acknowledged that the State Department's annual "Patterns of Global Terrorism" report, issued with great fanfare April 29, was badly flawed.
June 23, 2004 |
The State Department corrected its annual terrorism report Tuesday, acknowledging that the original version -- which had been hailed by the Bush administration as evidence that it was winning the war on terrorism -- was badly flawed, underreporting the number of attacks and casualties in 2003. Secretary of State Colin L.
April 26, 2003 |
U.S. diplomats have hit back at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, likening his attack on the State Department this week to Sen. Joseph McCarthy's witch hunt for Communist infiltrators in the 1950s. "You have essentially accused these employees of treason .... However, you do not have proof. Your charges are spurious," the American Foreign Service Assn. told Gingrich in a letter dated Wednesday and released Friday.
May 8, 2003 |
The State Department added Batasuna, an outlawed Spanish political party, to its list of international terrorist organizations, saying it is an arm of the violent Basque separatist group known as ETA. The designation enables the U.S. to freeze the organization's assets in financial institutions, prevents members from entering the U.S. and makes it illegal to contribute money to the group.
September 24, 2006 |
For an agency that ordinarily steers clear of major policy debates, the CIA played an unusually prominent role in the showdown between the White House and dissident Republicans over the treatment of detainees. To many outsiders, the CIA's position was puzzling. Why would an agency whose own overseas officers are vulnerable to capture -- and torture -- defend harsh interrogation methods?
May 24, 1997 |
James Rubin, a longtime advisor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, was named as State Department spokesman Friday. Rubin, 37, a former aide to Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), was Albright's spokesman in her previous post as ambassador to the United Nations. The White House announced Rubin would be nominated as assistant secretary of State for public affairs. He will succeed Nicholas Burns, who officials said was expected to be nominated by President Clinton as ambassador to Greece.
February 17, 1996 |
This was supposed to be Richard Holbrooke's last weekend in government--a characteristically high-profile farewell tour of Europe before returning to New York and private life Wednesday. Instead, he is still trying to patch up the Bosnian peace accord that U.S. officials admit is "on the edge of crisis." He still plans to leave the State Department next week, but officials said he will be called back whenever necessary to deal with Balkan "crunch points."
January 3, 1996 |
In Vietnam, the government has threatened to cut off electricity to the U.S. Embassy because the $1,600 bill hasn't been paid. In Russia, U.S. diplomats took out an interest-free loan from the Moscow embassy's community association to cover the payroll for Russian employees. In Cuba, the trucker who hauls drinking water to the U.S. interests section has refused to make any more deliveries until paid.