Douglas Jehl

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Jehl, Douglas. "Debate on Secret Program Bursts Into Open." New York Times, 10 Dec. 2004. []

"An intense secret debate about a previously unknown, enormously expensive technical intelligence program has burst into light in the form of scathing criticism from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. For two years,... Republicans and Democrats on the panel have voted to block the secret program, which is believed to be a system of new spy satellites. But it continues to be financed ... with support from the House, the Bush administration and Congressional appropriations committees."


Jehl, Douglas. "Despite a Pledge to Speed Work, Fixing an Internal Problem Takes Time at the C.I.A." New York Times, 10 Jun. 2004. []

"The Central Intelligence Agency has yet to put in place a plan to address what senior officials have described as a major flaw in its operations, despite a pledge four months ago that the problem would be resolved within 30 days. The problem, which contributed to errors in the agency's prewar estimates on Iraq, is rooted in practices that severely limit how much information about human sources is shared with analysts who produce intelligence assessments, according to senior intelligence officials."

[CIA/00s/04/Gen; CIA/C&C/DI&DO]

Jehl, Douglas. "Intelligence Briefing for Bush Is Overhauled." New York Times, 20 Jul. 2005. []

According to two senior intelligence officials on 19 July 2005, DNI John D. Negroponte has ordered that the President's Daily Brief (PDB) be expanded "to include significant contributions from sources other than the Central Intelligence Agency." In addition, the PDB "will soon be modified further to absorb a separate daily terrorist threat assessment."

[CIA/00s/05/Gen; DNI/05; PostCW/00s/05/Gen]

Jehl, Douglas. "An Intelligence Inquiry That's Awash in Disputes at the Outset." New York Times, 2 Feb. 2004. []

"Intelligence officials have long been wary of outsiders' second-guessing. But they have reluctantly begun to acknowledge that a major overhaul could be in order after what may be two of the greatest intelligence setbacks in decades: the failure to anticipate the Sept. 11 attacks and the misjudgment of Iraq's weapons stockpiles. They hope the independent commission President Bush will appoint can offer them more help and less finger pointing."


Jehl, Douglas. "It's Planes vs. Satellites in Debate on Spying." New York Times, 16 Dec. 2004. []

"An alternative to a new, highly classified $9.5 billion stealth satellite program that is the subject of a Congressional dispute calls on the United States to rely much more heavily on high-flying unmanned aircraft to take pictures of critical targets around the world, former government officials and private experts say.... The alternative, endorsed by the Senate Intelligence Committee in authorization bills over the past two years, also calls for greater reliance on other, nonstealthy reconnaissance satellite systems now in existence or in development, including commercial satellites and a new generation of satellites known as the Future Imagery Architecture."

[Recon/Sats & UAVs]

Jehl, Douglas. "Little Authority for New Intelligence Post." New York Times, 14 Oct. 2005. []

Two senior intelligence officials said on 13 October 2005 that the director of the National Clandestine Service (NCS), the new CIA office "will wield only limited authority, leaving the Defense Department and the F.B.I. free to carry out an increasing array of human intelligence missions without central operational control." The NCS director "will instead be responsible primarily for setting standards and rules designed to minimize conflicts between the agencies, whose human spying operations in the United States and abroad have been expanding rapidly and are expected to continue to do so."

[CIA/00s/05/Gen; CIA/Components/DO/NCS]

Jehl, Douglas. "New C.I.A. Chief Tells Workers to Back Administration Policies." New York Times, 17 Nov. 2004. []

According to a copy of an internal memorandum obtained by the New York Times, DCI Porter J. Goss "has told Central Intelligence Agency employees that their job is to 'support the administration and its policies in our work.'"

[CIA/00s/04/Gen; CIA/DCIs/Goss]

Jehl, Douglas. "New Intelligence Chief Begins Rounding Out His Office's Structure." New York Times, 7 May 2005. []

DNI John D. Negroponte has named "four senior lieutenants to fill newly created posts": Patrick F. Kennedy, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for management and reform, "will oversee management"; Mary Margaret Graham, veteran CIA clandestine service officer and most recently chief of its counterintelligence operations, "will oversee collection"; Thomas Fingar, head of the State Department's intelligence branch, "will oversee analysis and also become chairman of the National Intelligence Council"; and David R. Shedd, a CIA official who is currently senior director for intelligence programs and reform at the National Security Council, "will become chief of staff and associate director, overseeing a new 24-hour-watch office that is being established at an annex in suburban Virginia, along with other activities."

Negroponte "has set up temporary headquarters in an office building across the street from the White House, but he and his staff are expected to move first to Bolling Air Force Base in Washington next fall and then to a permanent headquarters that has yet to be chosen."


Jehl, Douglas. "New Spy Plan Said to Involve Satellite System." New York Times, 12 Dec. 2004. []

According to current and former government officials, "[a] highly classified intelligence program that the Senate Intelligence Committee has tried unsuccessfully to kill is a new $9.5 billion spy satellite system that could take photographs only in daylight hours and in clear weather.... The cost of the system, now the single biggest item in the intelligence budget, and doubts about its usefulness have spurred a secret Congressional battle."


Jehl, Douglas. "Nominee for C.I.A., in Controversy, Abandons His Bid." New York Times, 11, Mar. 1995, 1.

Facing criticism about his hiring of domstic laborers, Air Force General Michael Carns withdraws his nomination to be DCI.

[CIA/90s/95; GenPostwar/90s/Gen]

Jehl, Douglas. "Nominee Says Iraq Threat Was Perhaps Overstated." New York Times, 21 Sep. 2004. []

DCI-nominee Porter J. Goss told a Senate panel on 20 September 2004 that "some prewar statements by senior Bush administration officials might well have overstated available intelligence about the threat posed by Iraq.... [H]e said that if confirmed as intelligence chief, he would feel an obligation to correct misstatements or misinformation, though he said he might not do so publicly." See also, Dana Priest, "Goss Vows to Resist Pressure: Nominee Says He Would Protect Integrity of CIA's Intelligence," Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2004, A19.


Jehl, Douglas. "Nominee Vows Tighter Control of Intelligence." New York Times, 13 Apr. 2005. []

John D. Negroponte, President Bush's nominee for director of national intelligence, promised on 12 April 2005 "to bring 'fundamental change' to the broad array of agencies he would oversee.... [He] vowed to a Senate panel to 'push the envelope' in asserting his authorities in a new job whose powers remain ambiguous." See also, Dana Priest and Walter Pincus, "Negroponte Stresses 'Mandate' for Change," Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2005, A4.


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