Walter Pincus

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Pincus, Walter. "Judge Discusses Details of Work on Secret Court: He Takes Issue With NSA's Wiretaps." Washington Post, 26 Jun. 2007, A4. []

At the American Library Association's convention on 23 June 2007, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth gave what "was probably the most revealing discussion to date of actions by the FISA court." Lamberth "was the court's chief judge from 1995 to 2002." In his remarks, Lamberth defended "the court's speed and efficiency" against administration charges that "its procedures were too cumbersome to meet counterterrorism needs in the post-9/11 world."


Pincus, Walter. "Lab Reforms Stall in House." Washington Post, 28 May 1999, A3.

"Legislation to tighten security at the nation's nuclear weapons laboratories ran into a snag in the House [on 27 May 1999] after a separate measure breezed through the Senate by a voice vote."


Pincus, Walter. "Lake Gets Pre-Confirmation Hearing Grilling on Spies." Washington Post, 10 Jan. 1997, A19.


Pincus, Walter. "Lake Says He Did Not Meet with Fund-Raising Principals." Washington Post, 15 Feb. 1997, A19.


Pincus, Walter. "Last-minute Agreement Boosts Chances for Passage of Intelligence Authorization Bill." Washington Post, 15 May 2011. []

A bill authorizing for FY 2011 "the nation's intelligence activities could be headed for approval for the first time in six years following a last-minute agreement to restore funding for an increase in the number of CIA counterterrorism analysts. Partisan wrangling has prevented the passage of an intelligence authorization bill since 2005." Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) said that "[a]dditional positions were [also] authorized ... at the National Counterterrorism Center."


Pincus, Walter. "Lawmakers Want More Data on Contracting Out Intelligence." Washington Post, 7 May 2006, A7. []

"Congress is taking its first steps to oversee the Defense Department's rapidly growing activities in the foreign and domestic intelligence fields, focusing also on the growing practice of contracting out intelligence analysis to former military personnel." HPSCI "has called for enhanced reporting requirements on the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), the Pentagon's newest and fastest-growing intelligence agency."


Pincus, Walter. "Legislators Seek U.S. Intelligence Director." Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2004, A9. []

On 1 April 2004, the Democratic members of the HPSCI "recommended the establishment of a director of national intelligence who would have both budgetary and operational control over the CIA and the much larger collection of Pentagon and other agencies that collect and analyze intelligence."


Pincus, Walter. "Marriage, Money and a Suspected Spy." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 11-17 Apr. 1994, 33.

Pincus, Walter. "McLaughlin Defends CIA, Cites Reform In Speech; Deputy Director Rejects Idea of Intelligence Czar." Washington Post, 1 Jul. 2004, A21. []

At a meeting of Business Executives for National Security , DDCI John E. McLaughlin "said the intelligence community has already made changes to address failures highlighted by investigations of its performance" before 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq. He "shot down a popular reform idea of an 'intelligence czar who would stand apart from CIA and oversee all aspects of American intelligence.'" He would, instead, provide the DCI "the power he needs over all intelligence[.] McLaughlin would invest the job with overall decision authority to allocate intelligence spending, almost 90 percent of which now is in the Pentagon and 10 percent with CIA."


Pincus, Walter. "Memo Exacerbates Defense-CIA Strains: Clues on Al Qaeda-Hussein Ties at Issue." Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2003, A34. []

"A leaked top-secret memo that Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith sent the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last month listing and analyzing raw intelligence reports on alleged connections between Iraq and al Qaeda has reopened a long-simmering behind-the-scenes battle between Pentagon and CIA officials.... The memo was put together in response to a request by the Senate committee chairman and vice chairman after Feith had told them in a closed hearing last July that intelligence reports discovered by his analysts 'on the relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda were not reflected in finished intelligence products' put out by the CIA and other agencies, according to senior administration officials and congressional sources."


Pincus, Walter. "Missile Strike Carried Out With Yemeni Cooperation; Official Says Operation Authorized Under Bush Finding." Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2002, A10. [

According to U.S. sources, the U.S. missile attack from a Predator drone in Yemen on 3 November 2002 "was carried out with the cooperation and approval of that country's leadership.... Yememi officials privately told reporters in that country that their intelligence agents were watching and communicating to U.S. intelligence the movements of Abu Ali al-Harithi, the senior al Qaeda operative who was the prime target in the attack."


Pincus, Walter. "Mission Improbable: Is It Time to Reconsider the CIA's Role?" Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 30 May-5 Jun. 1994, 6-7.

"Sharp public criticism over the case of Aldrich H. Ames has aggravated an identity crisis at the Central Intelligence Agency, which faces turmoil and uncertainty unprecedented in its 47-year history."

[CIA/90s/Ames Fallout]

Pincus, Walter. "More Intelligence Oversight Advised: Bill a Reaction to Bush Policies." Washington Post, 30 Jun. 2009. []

"Under language approved last week in the fiscal 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act," HPSCI "proposed doing away with provisions that allowed a president to limit disclosure of sensitive intelligence activities to the 'Gang of Eight.... In its place, the House committee gave each intelligence committee, rather than the president, the legal authority to limit briefings to its own members. The president would be required to provide congressional overseers with 'general information' on a covert operation or intelligence activity where there is a potential for loss of life, the outlay of significant funds, or a risk of loss of sources and methods. Briefings would also be required if the disclosure of an operation or activity could cause significant damage to diplomatic relations of the United States."

The HPSCI report, also "criticized the Pentagon for repeatedly placing some of its clandestine intelligence-gathering activities in foreign countries under the category of operations to prepare for a battlefield, which are not required to be reported to Congress. Referring to the 'blurred distinction' between these activities and those of the CIA, the committee report said the battlefield designation is being used 'where exist.'" See also, Steven Aftergood, "Pentagon Intel Ops 'Often' Evade Oversight," Secrecy News, 6 Jul. 2009..'"

[MI/00s/09; Oversight/00s]

Pincus, Walter. "More Papers Requested in Lake Review." Washington Post, 27 Feb. 1997, A4.

SSCI Chairman Richard Shelby wants the administration to turn over the raw data in the FBI files on Anthony Lake. He says that without the files there will be no hearings. See also, Tim Weiner, "Leaders in Senate Demand F.B.I. Files on C.I.A. Nominee; Confirmation in Limbo." New York Times, 28 Feb. 1997, A1, A12 (N).


Pincus, Walter. "Much of Intelligence Funding Will Go to Satellites." Washington Post, 23 Oct. 1998, A16. []

"More than $1.5 billion in emergency supplemental funds approved this week for U.S. intelligence agencies" is "mostly for new Pentagon-run satellite collection and analysis systems.... Intelligence from human sources ... will receive less than 20 percent" of the total. Most of that will be for additional CIA "case officers and analysts and the costs of moving more of them overseas.... Technical collection received almost $1 billion...; $200 million was added to intelligence for anti-terrorism efforts involving the FBI along with the CIA and the Pentagon; more than $200 million went for other Pentagon intelligence systems; and funds were added to pay for CIA and Defense Department intelligence operations in Bosnia."


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