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WORLD
October 19, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last month appears to have been an opportunistic attack rather than a long-planned operation, and intelligence agencies have found no evidence that it was ordered by Al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials and witnesses interviewed in Libya. The circumstances of the Sept. 11 attack have become a matter of heated political debate, with President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney clashing in their debate Tuesday about when Obama termed the assault an act of terrorism.
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WORLD
October 2, 2012 | By David S. Cloud and Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon, CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies are assembling dossiers on suspects in the assault on the U.S. Consulate in eastern Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, a first step toward fulfilling President Obama's vow to bring the killers to justice, U.S. officials said. The Pentagon's Joint Special Operations Command and intelligence agencies "are starting to look at people who might have been involved and starting to tee up options," a U.S. official said.
WORLD
June 6, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
The men in police commando uniforms sat silent, recalled investigative journalist Umar Cheema, as he nervously repeated that he was a reporter and he wanted to see their supervisor. Blindfolded after being kidnapped last fall and thrown into a Toyota Land Cruiser, Cheema said, he was taken to a safe house outside Islamabad, stripped naked, forced to lie facedown on the floor, and beaten on his shoulders and hips, first with a leather strap, then with a long wooden rod. At one point, they threatened to sodomize him. "They said, 'When you cannot avoid rape, just enjoy it,'" Cheema recalled.
WORLD
April 25, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - U.S. intelligence agencies now believe that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime has used chemical weapons in its struggle to hold onto power, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Hagel said that the White House sent a letter to members of Congress on Thursday morning disclosing that intelligence agencies had made that assessment, which followed a series of similar conclusions reached by Britain, France and most recently Israel. “The U.S. intelligence community assesses with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin,” Hagel told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he was wrapping up a weeklong Mideast trip that has been dominated by questions over Syria's alleged chemical weapons use. A day earlier, Hagel said that U.S. intelligence agencies were studying the issue and would not rush to make a determination.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
CIA Director Michael V. Hayden announced he would retire from the Air Force in July after 39 years in uniform but will continue in his intelligence post as a civilian. Hayden, who holds the rank of four-star general, said he was taking the step because of "practical considerations related to military retirement." He joined the CIA in 2006 but has continued to be paid by the Air Force. Hayden's decision to remain in uniform when he took the top CIA position raised some concern in Congress and the intelligence agencies that he might favor the tactical military agenda.
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
If you've made a Christmas gift list that includes online gaming this year, you may want to be checking that twice. Intelligence agencies in both Britain and the U.S. have been paying attention to how you play games online - not for the sporting interest but to look for potential terrorists, and to recruit some likely candidates for spycraft. Classified documents from Edward P. Snowden's filched trove were combed by the Guardian, ProPublica and the New York Times, which found that the online games that make a fortune for gaming companies are also a target-rich environment for intelligence agencies, which say they're looking for terrorist behavior cloaked behind fun and games.
NEWS
March 2, 1996 | Baltimore Sun
Burdened by a bloated and expensive work force, the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence services must make deeper cuts in personnel and invest in new technology or their mission could be "seriously jeopardized," a federal commission said Friday. NSA, which eavesdrops on foreign communications; the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency have been ordered by Congress to reduce their civilian personnel 24% by the year 2001.
OPINION
August 4, 2004
There is a curious detail at the end of "Top Al Qaeda Suspect Caught in Pakistan" (July 30) that does not give me great confidence in the intelligence agencies of our country. According to the story, the suspect, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian from Zanzibar, has a number of aliases, among them Foopie or Fupi. Your article states, " 'We have no idea where that name came from,' said one former counter-terrorism official who has spent years investigating Ghailani." In fact, the online wanted poster for this man gives his height as 5-foot-3 or 5-foot-4, indicating that he is short.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
John Negroponte won easy approval by the Senate on Thursday to become the first national intelligence director, a job created last year to better coordinate U.S. spy agencies following the Sept. 11 attacks and other intelligence blunders. Within 45 minutes of his approval, Negroponte was sworn in at the White House by Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. President Bush witnessed the ceremony.
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