Miller, Greg. "CIA Backed by Drones in Pakistan." Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to U.S. officials, the CIA is escalating its operations in Pakistan with "an arsenal of armed drones and other equipment provided by the U.S. military." This is "a signification evolution" of the CIA's "controversial targeted killing program.... The intensification of the drone campaign is unprecedented in scale. According to records kept by the New America Foundation, the 22 strikes the CIA is known to have carried out in September nearly doubled the previous monthly record.... It was unclear whether the drones lent to the CIA by the military are being flown by CIA personnel.... CIA drone flights are restricted to 'flight boxes,' or boundaries set by the Pakistanis." See also, Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt, "C.I.A. Steps Up Drone Attacks on Taliban in Pakistan," New York Times, 27 Sep. 2010.
Miller, Greg. "CIA Believes It Can See into Tehran from L.A.: Agency Seeking Help from Many Iranians in Area." Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2002. [http://www.latimes.com]
"Dissatisfied with its intelligence-gathering on Iran, the CIA disbanded a station in Germany in the mid-1990s that had been a key spying portal into the Islamic republic. Instead, it reassigned several officers to a post much farther from Tehran but potentially richer in contacts: Los Angeles."
Miller, Greg. "CIA Closing Bases in Afghanistan as It Shifts Focus Amid Military Drawdown." Washington Post, 23 Jul. 2013. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"The CIA has begun closing clandestine bases in Afghanistan, marking the start of a drawdown.... The closures were described by U.S officials as preliminary steps in a plan to reduce the number of CIA installations in Afghanistan from a dozen to as few as six over the next two years -- a consolidation to coincide with the withdrawal of most U.S. military forces from the country by the end of 2014..... U.S. officials stressed that the CIA is expected to maintain a significant footprint even after the pullback, with a station in Kabul that will remain among the agency's largest..., as well as a fleet of armed drones that will continue to patrol Pakistan's tribal belt....
"[A] full withdrawal of U.S. troops would probably trigger a deeper retrenchment by the CIA, which has relied on U.S. and allied military installations across the country to serve as bases for agency operatives and cover for their spying operations. The CIA's armed drones are flown from a heavily fortified airstrip near the Pakistan border in Jalalabad.... Current and former U.S. officials familiar with the agency's plans said they call for pulling most agency personnel back to the CIA's main station in Kabul, plus a group of large regional bases ... in Bagram, Kandahar, Mazar-e Sharif, Jalalabad and Herat."
[CA/Afghanistan; CIA/10s/13; MI/Ops/Afghanistan/10s/13]
Miller, Greg. "CIA Didn't Know Strike Would Hit al-Qaeda Leader." Washington Post, 17 Jun. 2015. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to U.S. officials, "[t]he CIA did not know in advance that al-Qaeda's leader in Yemen was among the suspected militants targeted in a lethal drone strike last week.... The officials said that Nasir al-Wuhayshi ... was killed in a 'signature strike,' in which the CIA is permitted to fire based on patterns of suspected militant activity.... The reliance on signature strikes would help explain an increase in the pace of drone operations in Yemen over the past six months.... U.S. officials said the stepped-up use of signature strikes is part of a broader easing of constraints on the CIA and U.S. military drone campaigns there to help compensate for the loss of a critical ally."
Miller, Greg. "CIA Digs in as Americans Withdraw from Iraq, Afghanistan." Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"The CIA is expected to maintain a large clandestine presence in Iraq and Afghanistan long after the departure of conventional U.S. troops as part of a plan by the Obama administration to rely on a combination of spies and Special Operations forces to protect U.S. interests in the two longtime war zones, U.S. officials said."
[CIA/10s/12; MI/Ops/Afgh & Iraq]
Miller, Greg. "CIA Director John Brennan Considering Sweeping Organizational Changes." Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2014. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, "CIA Director John Brennan is considering sweeping organizational changes that could include breaking up the separate spying and analysis divisions that have been in place for decades to create hybrid units focused on individual regions and threats to U.S. security.... U.S. officials emphasized that the proposal is in its preliminary stages, and could still be scaled back or even discarded."
Miller, Greg. "CIA Finds No Wrongdoing in Agency's Search of Computers Used by Senate Investigators." Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2015. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
A CIA review group, led by former U.S. senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), "concluded in a report released [on 14 January 2015] that agency employees should not be punished for their roles in secretly searching computers used by Senate investigators." The agency panel "found that the agency employees' actions were 'reasonable in light of their responsibilities to manage an unprecedented computer system' set up for Senate aides involved in a multiyear probe of the CIA's treatment of terrorism suspects." The report "cited a lack of clear ground rules between the CIA and the Senate, and it faulted CIA workers for missteps including reading e-mails of congressional investigators."
Miller, Greg. "CIA Flew Stealth Drones into Pakistan to Monitor bin Laden House." Washington Post, 17 May 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to current and former U.S. officials, "[t]he CIA employed sophisticated new stealth drone aircraft to fly dozens of secret missions deep into Pakistani airspace and monitor the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed.... The aircraft allowed the CIA to glide undetected beyond the boundaries that Pakistan has long imposed on other U.S. drones.... The new drones represent a major advance in the capabilities of remotely piloted planes.... In 2009, the Air Force acknowledged the existence of a stealth drone, a Lockheed Martin model known as the RQ-170 Sentinel.... The aircraft bears the distinct, bat-winged shape of larger stealth warplanes."
Miller, Greg. "CIA Has Recruited Iranians to Defect." Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2007. [http://www.latimes.com]
According to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, "[t]he CIA launched a secret program in 2005 designed to degrade Iran's nuclear weapons program by persuading key officials to defect.... The program has had limited success. Officials said that fewer than six well-placed Iranians have defected, and that none has been in a position to provide comprehensive information on Tehran's nuclear program."
Miller, Greg. "CIA Looks to Expand Its Cyber Espionage Capabilities." Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2015. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to current and former U.S. officials, "CIA Director John O. Brennan is planning a major expansion of the agency's cyber espionage capabilities.... The expanded emphasis on cyber is part of a broader restructuring envisioned by Brennan that is expected to break down long-standing boundaries between its operations and analysis directorates, creating hybrid 'centers' that combine those and other disciplines. Brennan ... recently met with senior members of the House and Senate intelligence committees to outline the proposed changes....
"Although limited compared to the larger NSA, the CIA has substantial cyber capabilities. Its Information Operations Center, which handles assignments such as extracting information from stolen laptops and planting surveillance devices, is now second only to the CTC [Counterterrorism Center] in size, former officials said."
Miller, Greg. "CIA Official Who Directed Hunt for bin Laden Is Being Removed from Post." Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2015. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to officials, "[t]he head of the CIAs Counterterrorism Center, who presided over the agency's drone campaign and directed the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is being removed from his post.... The move, part of a major reorganization under CIA Director John Brennan, ends a nine-year tenure." Officials said that he "is expected to remain at the CIA in a new assignment which has yet to be determined and that he is being replaced by an agency veteran who has held a series of high-level positions, including running the CIA's operations in Afghanistan."
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