DeYoung, Karen. "Afghan Taliban's Second in Command Captured in Karachi." Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"The Afghan Taliban's second in command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was captured last week in Karachi during a joint operation by Pakistan's intelligence service and the CIA, according to U.S. and Pakistani sources." See also, Mark Mazzetti and Dexter Filkins, "Secret Joint Raid Captures Taliban's Top Commander," New York Times, 16 Feb. 2010.
[CIA/2010s/2010; MI/Ops/Afghan/2010; Terrorism/2010]
DeYoung, Karen. "After Attempted Airline Bombing, Effectiveness of Intelligence Reforms Questioned." Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2010, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"The failure of U.S. authorities to detect a plot to bomb a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day has reignited long-simmering concerns that intelligence reforms implemented five years ago remain inadequate to prevent terrorist attacks.... [S]ome intelligence officials have suggested that the reforms were the cause of such lapses and not the solution to them.... [T]he most intense scrutiny has been directed toward the centerpiece of the 2004 intelligence reorganization: the National Counterterrorism Center."
DeYoung, Karen. "Bush Approves New CIA Methods: Interrogations of Detainees to Resume." Washington Post, 21 Jul. 2007, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 20 July 2007, President Bush issued an executive order setting "broad legal boundaries for the CIA's harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects." This allows "the intelligence agency to resume a program that was suspended last year after criticism that it violated U.S. and international law." The order does not include "any details about actual interrogation techniques."
DeYoung, Karen. "A CIA Veteran Transforms U.S. Counterterrorism Policy." Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
In an interview at the end of August 2012, presidential counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan explained how he is working on "the administration's evolving procedures for the targeted killings that have come to define its fight against al-Qaeda and its affiliates. It will cover the selection and approval of targets from the 'disposition matrix,' the designation of who should pull the trigger when a killing is warranted, and the legal authorities the administration thinks sanction its actions in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and beyond.... A burly 25-year CIA veteran..., Brennan is the principal architect of a policy that has transformed counterterrorism from a conventional fight centered in Afghanistan to a high-tech global effort to track down and eliminate perceived enemies one by one."
DeYoung, Karen. "Colombia to Get Aid in Fighting Insurgents: U.S. Will Increase Intelligence Sharing." Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2002, A17.
DeYoung, Karen. "Cuban Diplomat Forcibly Expelled: Cited in Spy Case, Envoy Balked at Departure Order." Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2000, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
Expelled Cuban diplomat Jose Imperatori was taken into custody on 26 February 2000 by the FBI and flown to Montreal on a bureau plane. This was "the first time a foreign diplomat has tried to defy an expulsion order." See also, Irvin Molotsky, "Cuban Envoy Is Deported After Defying Expulsion," New York Times, 27 Feb. 2000.
DeYoung, Karen. "A Fight Against Terrorism -- and Disorganization." Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2006, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
A new strategy for combating terrorism is now on President Bush's desk. "The highly classified National Implementation Plan for the first time set government-wide goals and assigned responsibility for achieving them to specific departments and agencies. Written by officials at the National Counterterrorism Center ... the 160-page plan aspires to achieve what has eluded the Bush administration in the five years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: bringing order and direction to the fight against terrorism."
DeYoung, Karen. "National Security Structure Is Set: Under Obama, Council Will Grow." Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2009, A3. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
President Obama's NSC Policy Directive 1, signed on 13 February 2009, "adds the attorney general, the secretaries of energy and homeland security, and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to the formal National Security Council." National security adviser James L. Jones will set the NSC agenda, communicate the President's decisions to the others, determine when to call White House meetings of policymaking "principals," and oversee implementation of assigned tasks. The directive mandates that White House counsel, Gregory B. Craig, "shall be invited to attend every NSC meeting," along with deputy national security adviser Tom Donilon.
The President "has divided his national security orders into two categories: presidential policy directives, and presidential study directives, designed to initiate and direct policy reviews." Study Directive 1, dated 23 February 2009, "orders an interagency review of the White House homeland security and counterterrorism structure. Headed by counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan, the review will recommend whether to retain the separate the Homeland Security Council established under the Bush administration, or to incorporate some or all of its functions within the NSC."
DeYoung, Karen. "Officials Defend Financial Searches: Critics Assert Secret Program Invades Privacy." Washington Post, 24 Jun. 2006, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"A secret program that allowed U.S. officials to examine hundreds of thousands of private banking records from around the world in search of terrorist ties has been 'absolutely essential' to protecting the country from further attacks, Vice President Cheney said" on 23 June 2006. The day after news organizations exposed the surveillance effort -- revelations that "Cheney and other officials said undermined an important counterterrorism tool" -- brought "renewed criticism ... that the administration is operating outside legal and congressional controls."
DeYoung, Karen. "Obama Moves to Normalize Relations with Cuba as American Is Released by Havana." Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2014. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 17 December 2014, "[t]he United States and Cuba ended more than a half-century of enmity, with the announcement by President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced "they would reestablish diplomatic relations and begin dismantling the last pillar of the Cold War. "In addition to [U.S. AID contractor Alan] Gross, who the Obama administration said was freed on humanitarian grounds after five years," the United States exchanged three Cubans imprisoned in the United States since 1998 for "an unnamed U.S. intelligence asset said to have been held in Cuba for two decades."
See also, Adam Taylor, "Meet the 'Cuban Five' at the Center of the Blockbuster U.S. Announcement on Cuba," Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2014.
[CIA/10s/14; LA/Cuba; SpyCases/U.S./Gen]
DeYoung, Karen. "Officials: Saudi-led Action Relied on U.S. Intelligence." Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2015. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to senior U.S. and Persian Gulf officials, "Saudi Arabia told the Obama administration and Persian Gulf allies early this week that it was preparing a military operation in neighboring Yemen, and relied heavily on U.S. surveillance images and targeting information to carry it out." On 23 March 2015, "the Saudis began to call in chits already offered by allies. As Persian Gulf neighbors flew attack planes to bases in southern Saudi Arabia, Saudi intelligence and military officials met with U.S. officials to identify targets. A joint Saudi-U.S. cell was established in Riyadh to share real-time information from U.S. intelligence assets over Yemen."
DeYoung, Karen. "Pentagon to Investigate Intelligence Unit that Allegedly Used Contractors." Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2010, A4:
On 15 March 2010, "Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman declined to confirm or deny whether a criminal investigation had been opened into activities by Michael D. Furlong, a former Special Operations officer who now works as a senior civilian officer for the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Tex.... The U.S. Strategic Command, the parent organization of the information operations center, confirmed that Furlong is a full-time civilian employee but did not respond to requests to clarify the nature of his job."
Karen DeYoung, "Defense Official Says Afghan Program Was Authorized," Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2010, A12, adds: In an interview with the San Antonio Express News on 18 March 2010, Furlong said "his now-suspended program ... was requested by Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, the former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and approved by the U.S. Central Command." He also "denied misusing any U.S. contract funds."
[MI/2010 & Ops/Afgh/2010]
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