Eggen, Dan, and Walter Pincus. "Key Idea of 9/11 Panel Is Faulted: Commission Seeks Intelligence Chief in White House." Washington Post, 31 Jul. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 30 July 2004, "[t]he White House and senators from both parties raised objections" to the recommendation of the 9/11 commission that the war on terrorism should be coordinated by a single intelligence director working out of the president's office.
Eggen, Dan, and Dana Priest. "Bush Aides Seek to Contain Furor: Sept. 11 Not Envisioned, Rice Says." Washington Post, 17 May 2002, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 16 May 2002, the White House "offered a detailed timeline showing that President Bush was first told on Aug. 6 that Osama bin Laden's associates might be planning airline hijackings -- speculation that was repeated several times in briefings the president received leading up to Sept. 11....But Rice said Bush was not told, and U.S. intelligence analysts never envisioned, that terrorists would use jetliners in the type of suicide attacks carried out in New York and Washington on Sept. 11. Rice and other administration officials said that the threat was not specific enough to warrant a public warning, but that the Federal Aviation Administration urged the airlines to be cautious."
Eggen, Dan, and Dana Priest. "Intelligence Powers Set for New Agency: Department Would Shape Response to Threats." Washington Post, 8 Jun. 2002, A1. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]
According to administration officials on 7 June 2002, President Bush's proposed Department of Homeland Security "would take over significant duties in the war on terrorism.... Rather than operating a clearinghouse for intelligence information, officials of the proposed new Cabinet-level department would be responsible for making key decisions about how to respond. One division of the new department -- Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection -- would be responsible for analyzing nearly all the intelligence information on domestic threats compiled by the FBI, the CIA and other agencies, and would be charged with devising strategies to guard against specific threats as they develop, officials said."
Eggen, Dan, and Susan Schmidt. "Ex-FBI Agent Resigns Post at Nuclear Weapons Lab: Officials Examine Link to Spy Case." Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2003, A3. [http://www.washingtonpost. com]
William Cleveland Jr., head of security at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, resigned his post on 10 April 2003. The lab has "stripped him of his security clearances and launched an investigation of his nine-year tenure" in a position he has held since retiring from the FBI in 1993.
Cleveland "is referred to anonymously in FBI affidavits unsealed [on 9 April 2003] in the espionage-related case that has resulted in the arrests of another former agent, James J. 'J.J.' Smith, and Los Angeles socialite Katrina M. Leung.... He has not been charged in connection with the case.... The court papers reveal that Cleveland admitted having a sexual relationship with Leung from 1988 until he retired in 1993, and that the intermittent affair resumed in 1997 and 1999. He maintained the relationship even after discovering that Leung had unauthorized contact in 1991 with the Chinese intelligence service, court documents say."
Eggen, Dan, and Susan Schmidt. "Secret Court Rebuffs Ashcroft: Justice Dept. Chided on Misinformation." Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2002, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court "has refused to give the Justice Department broad new powers, saying the government had misused the law and misled the court dozens of times," according to a 17 May 2002 opinion released on 22 August 2002. The judges also said that authorities had "improperly shared intellignce information with agents and prosecutors handling criminal cases in New York on at least four occasions."
In the face of such previous problems, the FIS Court "found that new procedures [under the USA Patriot Act] proposed by Attorney General John D. Ashcroft in March would have given prosecutors too much control over counterintelligence investigations and would have effectively allowed the government to misuse intelligence information for criminal cases." See also, Philip Shenon, "Secret Court Says F.B.I. Aides Misled Judges in 75 Cases," New York Times, 23 Aug. 2002.
Eggen, Dan, and Susan Schmidt. "Mueller: Clues Might Have Led To Sept. 11 Plot." Washington Post, 30 May 2002, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
Speaking at a news conference on 29 May 2002, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said that "investigators might have been able to uncover part of the Sept. 11 plot if the FBI had properly put together all the clues in the possession of the bureau and other agencies." He added, however, "that the Minnesota arrest of alleged Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and warnings from a Phoenix FBI agent about terrorists at aviation schools would not, on their own, have led investigators to the Sept. 11 plot. But if the FBI had connected those two cases with other evidence that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network was keenly interested in aviation, Mueller said, 'who is to say' what could have been discovered."
Eggen, Dan, and Jamie Stockwell. "U.S. Indicts 2 in Case of Divulged Secrets: Both Worked for Pro-Israel Lobby." Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2005, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 4 August 2005, Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, former employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) "were indicted ... on charges that they illegally received and passed on classified information to foreign officials and reporters over a period of five years.... Although no foreign government is named in the indictment, U.S. government sources have identified Israel as the country at the center of the probe."
Eggen, Dan, and David A. Vise. "To Russia, With Longing." Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2001, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"[A] spy's success still often depends on the psychologically complicated relationship with a foreign patron. That bond is clearly evident in the case of [Robert Philip] Hanssen,... whose alleged illicit correspondence is part spy tale and part Valentine." A 109-page affidavit filed "in U.S. District Court, as well as statements by FBI Director Louis J. Freeh and other U.S. officials, portray a tangled and, at times, almost intimate relationship between Hanssen and his .. 'handlers.' What began as an alliance solely on Hanssen's terms became, over time, a murkier compact, a dance between two parties united in suspicion and dependent on trust."
Eggen, Dan, and Joby Warrick. "CIA Destroyed Videos Showing Interrogations: Harsh Techniques Seen in 2002 Tapes." Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2007, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said on 6 December 2007 that the CIA "made videotapes in 2002 of its officers administering harsh interrogation techniques to two al-Qaeda suspects but destroyed the tapes" in 2005. According to intelligence officials, the tapes captured the "interrogations of Abu Zubaydah, a close associate of Osama bin Laden, and a second high-level al-Qaeda member who was not identified." See also, Mark Mazzetti, "C.I.A. Destroyed 2 Tapes Showing Interrogations," New York Times, 7 Dec. 2007.
Eggen, Dan, and Joby Warrick. "Criminal Probe on CIA Tapes Opened: Case Assigned to Career Prosecutor." Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2008, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 2 January 2008, "[t]he Justice Department said ... that it has opened a formal criminal investigation into ... whether intelligence officials broke the law by destroying videos of exceptionally harsh questioning of terrorism suspects." Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey "appointed John Durham, a career federal prosecutor from Connecticut," to head the investigation. "Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees vowed to continue their separate inquiries, including a hearing on Jan. 16."
Eggen, Dan, and Griff Witte. "The FBI's Upgrade That Wasn't: $170 Million Bought an Unusable Computer System." Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2006, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
The reporters review the failure of the FBI's "Virtual Case File (VCF), a networked system for tracking criminal cases that was designed to replace the bureau's antiquated paper files.... The collapse ... stemmed from failures of almost every kind, including poor conception and muddled execution of the steps needed to make the system work, according to outside reviews and interviews with people involved in the project....
"Lawmakers and experts have faulted the FBI for its part in the failed project. But less attention has been paid to the role that the contractor [Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC)] played in contributing to the problems." An audit "found that the system delivered by SAIC was so incomplete and unusable that it left the FBI with little choice but to scuttle the effort altogether."
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