Dana Priest



Priest, Dana. “CIA Feels Strain of Iraq and Al Qaeda: Some Gaps Filled by Shifting Staff." Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2002, A26. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

After 9/11,"the CIA pulled about 160 analysts from [other] jobs ... and turned them into counterterrorism specialists. The transfer ... made certain things easier.... The [15] units already had offices and computers, and they knew how to work as a team. But there were costs." For example, "most were novices to the terrorism world."

[CIA/00s/02/Gen; Terrorism/02]

Priest, Dana. "CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons: Debate Is Growing Within Agency About Legality and Morality of Overseas System Set Up After 9/11." Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2005, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement. The secret facility is part of a covert prison system set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents."


Priest, Dana. "CIA Is Expanding Domestic Operations." Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2002, A2. [http//:www.washingtonpost.com

The CIA "is expanding its domestic presence, placing agents with nearly all of the FBI's 56 terrorism task forces in U.S. cities.... Separately, the CIA is undertaking what one intelligence official called a 'concerted effort' to increase the number of case officers working in the agency's domestic field offices. Those offices, directed by the National Resources Division, are staffed by officers from the clandestine service."

[CIA/00s/02; Terrorism/02]

Priest, Dana. "CIA Killed U.S. Citizen in Yemen Missile Strike." Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2002, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com

"A U.S. citizen was among the people killed in the pilotless missile strike on suspected al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen.... Ahmed Hijazi ... held U.S. citizenship and was also a citizen of an unidentified Middle Eastern country, a senior administration official confirmed.... The CIA ... has become a much more central tactical tool in the terrorism war than in any previous conflict.... The CIA's separate targeting process ... is quicker, more fluid and involves fewer decision-makers in its 'trigger-pulling' chain of command than even the nimblest military operation, intelligence experts said."


Priest, Dana. "CIA Moves to Second Fiddle in Intelligence Work." Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2005, A9. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The nomination of John D. Negroponte as DNI "signaled the end of the CIA's nearly 60-year run as the undisputed center of power and influence in the secret world of intelligence.... Not only will Negroponte replace the CIA director as the most important voice the president hears on intelligence matters each day, but other agencies, notably the Pentagon and the FBI, are seeking to take over some of the CIA's traditional case officer duties."


Priest, Dana. "CIA Officer Criticizes Agency's Handling of Bin Laden." Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2004, A28. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Michael Scheuer, "one of the most senior intelligence officers in the CIA's Osama bin Laden unit" and author of the best-selling book Imperial Hubris, said on 8 November 2004 "that fewer experienced officers are assigned to defeating the al Qaeda leader and his followers now than there were on Sept. 11, 2001.... A CIA representative, speaking on the condition of anonymity, disputed Scheuer's assessment."


Priest, Dana. "CIA Plans to Shift Work to Denver: Domestic Division Would Be Moved." Washington Post, 6 May 2005, A21. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The CIA has plans to move its National Resources Division, "which is responsible for operations and recruitment in the United States, from the CIA's Langley headquarters to Denver." According to intelligence and law enforcement officials, the move is "designed to promote innovation.... The main function of the domestic division, which has stations in many major U.S. cities, is to conduct voluntary debriefings of U.S. citizens who travel overseas for work or to visit relatives, and to recruit foreign students, diplomats and businesspeople to become CIA assets when they return to their countries."

[CIA/00s/05/Gen & CIA/Components/DO]

Priest, Dana. "CIA Puts Harsh Tactics on Hold; Memo on Methods of Interrogation Had Wide Review." Washington Post, 27 Jun. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to intelligence officials, the CIA "has suspended the use of extraordinary interrogation techniques approved by the White House pending a review by Justice Department and other administration lawyers."


Priest, Dana. "The CIA's 'Anonymous' No. 2: Low-Profile Deputy Director Leads Agency's Analytical Side." Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2004, A15. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Interview with DDCI John E. McLaughlin who terms himself "'the most anonymous' senior official in Washington."


Priest, Dana. "CIA's Assurances on Transferred Suspects Doubted: Prisoners Say Countries Break No-Torture Pledges." Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2005, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"To comply with anti-torture laws that bar sending people to countries where they are likely to be tortured, the CIA's office of general counsel requires a verbal assurance from each nation that detainees will be treated humanely, according to several recently retired CIA officials familiar with such transfers, known as renditions. But the effectiveness of the assurances and the legality of the rendition practice are increasingly being questioned by rights groups and others, as freed detainees have alleged that they were mistreated by interrogators after the CIA secretly delivered them to countries with well-documented records of abuse."


Priest, Dana. "CIA's New Acting Director Is Known for Analytical -- and Magic -- Skills." Washington Post, 4 Jun. 2004, A13. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

John E. McLaughlin, chosen by President Bush on 3 June 2004 to serve as Acting Director of Central Intelligence, "McLaughlin, 61, an amateur magician, will face the challenge of keeping the CIA and other intelligence agencies from losing focus under pressure from two distinctly different sources: al Qaeda terrorists and the presidential campaign."


Priest, Dana. "CIA Taps Richer for Operations Post: Former Marine Is Chief of the Agency's Near East Division." Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2004, A3. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to U.S. officials, "[t]he CIA has appointed the chief of its Near East division, Robert Richer, as the associate deputy director for operations," the number two position in the directorate.


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