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Pincus, Walter, and Mike Allen. "CIA Got Uranium Reference Cut in Oct.; Why Bush Cited It In Jan. Is Unclear." Washington Post, 13 Jul. 2003, A1. []

According to senior administration officials, DCI George J. Tenet "intervened with White House officials to have a reference to Iraq seeking uranium from Niger removed from a presidential speech last October, three months before a less specific reference to the same intelligence appeared in the State of the Union address."


Pincus, Walter, and Mike Allen. "Leak of Agent's Name Causes Exposure of CIA Front Firm." Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2003, A3. []

According to Bush administration officials on 3 October 2003, "[t]he leak of a CIA operative's name has also exposed the identity of a CIA front company.... The company's identity, Brewster-Jennings & Associates, became public because it appeared in Federal Election Commission records on a form filled out in 1999 by Valerie Plame, the case officer at the center of the controversy, when she contributed $1,000 to Al Gore's presidential primary campaign....

"[A]dministration officials confirmed that [Brewster-Jennings] was a CIA front.... Plame's name was first published July 14 in a newspaper column by Robert D. Novak that quoted two senior administration officials. They were critical of her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, for his handling of a CIA mission that undercut President Bush's claim that Iraq had sought uranium from the African nation of Niger for possible use in developing nuclear weapons. The Justice Department began a formal criminal investigation of the leak Sept. 26."


Pincus, Walter, and Mike Allen. "Terrorism Agency Planned; Center to Integrate Intelligence, Analysis." Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2003, A12. []

On 28 January 2003, in his State-of-the-Union address, President George W. Bush announced plans "for a new center to integrate intelligence on terrorism collected at home and abroad.... A senior adminsitration official said the new Terrorism Threat Integration Center will access intelligence gathered by the CIA, Justice Department, Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security and provide 'seamless' analysis of the information.... The new center is expected to take over compilation of the integrated threat matrix -- a day-to-day accounting of potential threats -- given to President Bush and other senior national security officials each morning.... The center will be placed directly under the supervision of [DCI] George J. Tenet, reinforcing Tenet's role as Bush's senior intelligence adviser, officials said."


Pincus, Walter, and Charles Babington. "Group Calls for Slowing Intelligence Reform." Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2004, A4. []

On 21 September 2004, "[a] bipartisan group of former senior Cabinet members, senators and national security officials, including former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George P. Shultz,... urged Congress not to rush to pass legislation restructuring the intelligence community based 'on an election timetable.'"


Pincus, Walter, and Peter Baker. "Data on Iraqi Arms Flawed, Panel Says: Intelligence Commission Outlines 74 Fixes for Bureaucracy." Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2005, A1. []

The WMD commission has reported that "U.S. intelligence agencies were 'dead wrong' in their prewar assessments of Iraq's nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and today know 'disturbingly little' about the capabilities and intentions of other potential adversaries such as Iran and North Korea.... The nine-member panel ... blamed intelligence agencies for overselling their knowledge and not disclosing conflicting information to policymakers. At the same time, it exonerated [President] Bush and Vice President Cheney from allegations of pressuring analysts to conclude that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction."


Pincus, Walter, and Peter Baker. "Dissent on Intelligence Is Critical, Report Says: Commission's Ideas Diverge From Planned Centralization." Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2005, A1. []

According to officials on 29 March 2005, the report of the WMD commission "will propose more competitive analysis and information-sharing by intelligence agencies, improved tradecraft training, more 'devil's advocacy' in the formation of national intelligence estimates and the appointment of an intelligence ombudsman to hear from analysts who believe their work has been compromised. The report will also suggest the creation of a new national nonproliferation center to coordinate the fight against weapons of mass destruction.... But unlike the trend toward greater centralization enshrined in a new intelligence law signed by President Bush, the report envisions the center as a facilitating body and urges the government to keep its specialists dispersed in various intelligence agencies."


Pincus, Walter, and Stephen Barr. "CIA Plans Cutbacks, Limits on Contractor Staffing." Washington Post, 11 Jun. 2007, A2. []

"Acting under pressure from Congress, the CIA has decided to trim its contractor staffing by 10 percent.... Contractors currently make up about one-third of the CIA workforce." Effective 1 June 2007, "the agency also began to bar contracting firms from hiring former CIA employees and then offering the employees' services to the CIA within the first year and a half of their retirement from the agency."


Pincus, Walter, and Dan Eggen. "CIA Gave FBI Warning on Hijacker: Agency Told that Almihdhar Attended Malaysia Meeting." Washington Post, 4 Jun. 2002, A1. [http://www.]

A senior U.S. intelligence official said on 3 June 2002 that the CIA told the FBI in January 2000 that Khalid Almihdhar, one of the 9/11 hijackers, "was attending a meeting of suspected terrorists in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and had a type of visa that should have drawn suspicion.... The disclosure contradicts repeated assertions by senior FBI officials that bureau headquarters had no information about Khalid Almihdhar before Aug. 23, 2001."


Pincus, Walter, and Dan Eggen. "Probe Spawns Unparalleled Intelligence-Sharing." Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2002, A9. []

U.S. officials are struggling to analyze a "mountain of evidence ... from thousands of pages of computerized and paper documents, hundreds of computer hard drives, scores of videotapes and millions of voice and data communications scooped up since U.S. forces entered Afghanistan. Added to the hours of interrogations of suspected al Qaeda and Taliban detainees, it amounts to what is likely the largest and most complex intelligence operation ever mounted by the United States.... [T]he methods for analyzing this information have become a linchpin in U.S. efforts to thwart future attacks and track down al Qaeda members who may be planning other operations. By bringing together analysts from the military, the CIA and the FBI, the new system also reflects an unprecedented level of cooperation among agencies that historically have had a difficult time sharing even crucial information."

[GenPostCW/00s/02/Gen; Terrorism/02/WTC]

Pincus, Walter, and Barton Gellman. "Tenet Said He Might Quit Over Pollard Release." Washington Post, 11 Nov. 1998, A4. []

According to sources, "CIA Director George J. Tenet told President Clinton last month that he would find it difficult to remain as director were convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Jay Pollard released as part of a Middle East peace agreement." See also, James Risen and Steve Erlanger, "C.I.A. Chief Vowed to Quit if Clinton Freed Israeli Spy," New York Times, 11 Nov. 1998, A1-A12 (N).

[CIA/90s/98/ME; CIA/DCIs/Tenet; SpyCases/U.S./Pollard]

Pincus, Walter, and Carrie Johnson. "Interagency Teams Can Now Question Terror Suspects." Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2010, A3. []

"Interagency interrogation teams" from the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group "have started to question key terrorism suspects under a classified charter approved last week, but authorities have been slower to resolve pressing issues that emerged since Christmas -- including how to draw the line between gathering intelligence and building a legal case, according to federal officials and experts following the process."


Pincus, Walter, and Thomas W. Lippman. "Lake's New Mission: The CIA May Be Getting the Kind of Director It's Always Wanted -- Someone Who Can Keep a Secret." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 16-22 Dec. 1996, 35.


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