Miller, Greg. "Report Finds Harsh CIA Interrogations Ineffective." Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"After a contentious closed-door vote," the SSCI "approved a long-awaited report" on 13 December 2012 "concluding that harsh interrogation measures used by the CIA did not produce significant intelligence breakthroughs, officials said. The 6,000-page document ... was not released to the public." The committee's "9 to 6 vote indicates that at least one Republican backed the report."
Miller, Greg. "Senate Confirms Caroline Krass as CIA General Counsel." Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2014. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 13 March 2014, the Senate "voted to confirm Caroline Krass as CIA general counsel.... Krass, a former senior Justice Department official, replaces acting General Counsel Robert Eatinger."
[CIA/10s/14 & Components/DCIA]
Miller, Greg. "Spy Agencies Faulted for Missing Christmas Day Bomb Attempt, Senate Panel Finds." Washington Post, 19 May 2010, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
An SSCI report on the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009 concluded "the government had enough information to block the suspect from boarding the flight, but was hobbled by breakdowns that included human error as well as computer glitches at agencies such as the State Department, the CIA and the National Counterterrorism Center.... In addition to faulting the State Department for not revoking Abdulmutallab's U.S. visa" the report asserts that the NCTC "failed at its fundamental mission of serving as the government's nerve center for terrorist-related threats."
[DNI/NCTC/10; GenPostCW/10; Terrorism/10]
Miller, Greg. "Spy Agencies Outsourcing to Fill Key Jobs." Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2006. [http://www.latimes.com]
"Largely because of the demands of the war on terrorism and the drawn-out conflict in Iraq, U.S. spy agencies have turned to unprecedented numbers of outside contractors to perform jobs once the domain of government-employed analysts and secret agents." DNI John D. Negroponte has "ordered a comprehensive study of the use of contractors.... Ronald Sanders, a senior intelligence official[,]" is in charge of the study. The CIA has "turned to contractors to plug deep holes left by staff cuts and hiring freezes in the 1990s."
Miller, Greg. "Strike on Aulaqi Demonstrates Collaboration between CIA and Military." Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 30 September 2011, "armed drones from the CIA and the military's Joint Special Operations Command converged above Anwar al-Aulaqi's position in northern Yemen ... and unleashed a flurry of missiles. US officials said the CIA was in control of all the aircraft, as well as the decisions to fire.... The military aircraft came across the Gulf of Aden from Djibouti, which has been the primary base for JSOC drones patrolling Yemen for much of the past year. U.S. officials said that CIA drones involved in the strike took off from an agency base in the Arabian peninsula so new that it had become operational only in recent weeks."
[CIA/10s/11; MI/SpecOps/10s; Terrorism/11]
Miller, Greg. "Under Obama, an Emerging Global Apparatus for Drone Killing." Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
The Obama "administration has built an extensive apparatus for using drones to carry out targeted killings of suspected terrorists and stealth surveillance of other adversaries. The apparatus involves dozens of secret facilities, including two operational hubs on the East Coast, virtual Air Force cockpits in the Southwest and clandestine bases in at least six countries on two continents....
"The rapid expansion of the drone program has blurred long-standing boundaries between the CIA and the military. Lethal operations are increasingly assembled a la carte, piecing together personnel and equipment in ways that allow the White House to toggle between separate legal authorities that govern the use of lethal force.... The convergence of military and intelligence resources has created blind spots in congressional oversight. Intelligence committees are briefed on CIA operations, and JSOC reports to armed services panels. As a result, no committee has a complete, unobstructed view."
[CIA/10s/11; MI/SpecOps/10s; Oversight/10s; Terrorism/11]
Miller, Greg. "U.S. Launches Secret Drone Campaign to Hunt Islamic State Leaders in Syria." Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2015. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to U.S. officials, "[t]he CIA and U.S. special operations forces have launched a secret campaign to hunt terrorism suspects in Syria as part of a targeted killing program that is run separately from the broader U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State." The CIA and JSOC "are both flying armed drones over Syria in a collaboration responsible for several recent strikes against senior Islamic State operatives.... The clandestine program represents a significant escalation of the CIA's involvement in the war in Syria."
Miller, Greg. "U.S. Seeks to Rein in Its Military Spy Teams." Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2006. [http://www.latimes.com]
According to senior U.S. intelligence and military officials, U.S. Special Forces teams, known as military liaison elements (MLEs), that have been "sent overseas on secret spying missions have clashed with the CIA and carried out operations in countries that are staunch U.S. allies, prompting a new effort by the agency and the Pentagon to tighten the rules for military units engaged in espionage."
The MLEs are deployed "to American embassies to serve as intelligence operatives.... The troops typically work in civilian clothes and function much like CIA case officers, cultivating sources in other governments or Islamic organizations. One objective, officials said, is to generate information that could be used to plan clandestine operations such as capturing or killing terrorism suspects."
Miller, Greg. "U.S. Strikes in Syria against Islamic State Would Be Hindered by Intelligence Gaps." Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2014. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to U.S. officials, a U.S. offensive in Syria against ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State "would likely be constrained by persistent intelligence gaps and an inability to rely on fleets of armed drones.... The Pentagon has conducted daily surveillance flights along Iraq's border with Syria in recent weeks.... The CIA has also expanded its network of informants inside Syria, largely by recruiting and vetting rebel fighters who have been trained and equipped at clandestine agency bases in Jordan over the past two years, U.S. officials said."
[CIA/10s/14; MI/Ops/Iraq/14; Terrorism/10s/14]
Miller, Greg. "White House Approves Broader Yemen Drone Campaign." Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to U.S. officials, "[t]he United States has begun launching drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen under new authority approved by President Obama that allows the CIA and the military to fire even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known." The decision will allow the CIA and the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) "to fire on targets based solely on their intelligence 'signatures' -- patterns of behavior that are detected through signals intercepts, human sources and aerial surveillance, and that indicate the presence of an important operative or a plot against U.S. interests."
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