Dana Priest

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Priest, Dana. "Inquiry Faults Intelligence on Iraq: Threat From Saddam Hussein Was Overstated, Senate Committee Report Finds." Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2003, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to congressional sources, "[t]he Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is preparing a blistering report on prewar intelligence on Iraq that is critical of CIA Director George J. Tenet and other intelligence officials for overstating the weapons and terrorism case against Saddam Hussein.... The committee staff was surprised by the amount of circumstantial evidence and single-source or disputed information used to write key intelligence documents -- in particular the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate -- summarizing Iraq's capabilities and intentions."


Priest, Dana. "Intelligence Panel Votes To Abolish Term Limits: Senators Seek to Strengthen Oversight of CIA." Washington Post, 5 May 2004, A27, [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to committee members, "[t]he Senate Select Committee on Intelligence ... voted unanimously" on 4 May 2004 "to abolish the eight-year term limits imposed when the panel was established 28 years ago.... The proposed change, which must be passed by the Senate, is contained in the Intelligence Authorization Act markup for 2005 and has the tentative backing of the leadership of both parties, committee sources said."


Priest, Dana. "Italy Knew About Plan to Grab Suspect: CIA Officials Cite Briefing in 2003." Washington Post, 30 Jun. 2005, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Before a CIA paramilitary team" grabbed radical Islamic cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr "off the streets of Milan in February 2003, the CIA station chief in Rome briefed and sought approval from his counterpart in Italy, according to three CIA veterans with knowledge of the operation and a fourth who reviewed the matter after it took place. The previously undisclosed Italian involvement undercuts the accusation ... that the CIA brashly slipped into the country unannounced and uninvited to kidnap an Italian resident off the street." See Craig Whitlock, "Italy Denies Complicity in Alleged CIA Action: Egyptian Cleric Abducted in '03," Washington Post, 1 Jul. 2005, A14.

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Priest, Dana. "Memo Lets CIA Take Detainees Out of Iraq: Practice Is Called Serious Breach of Geneva Conventions." Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In March 2004, the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel "drafted a confidential memo that authorizes the [CIA] to transfer detainees out of Iraq for interrogation.... Some specialists in international law say the opinion amounts to a reinterpretation of one of the most basic rights of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which protects civilians during wartime and occupation, including insurgents who were not part of Iraq's military."


Priest, Dana. The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military. New York: Norton, 2003.

Cassidy, Parameters 34.4 (Winter 2004-2005), calls this book "a current history of the US military's role in peace operations, small wars, and unconventional warfare in the 1990s and the early part of this decade." The author provides "a readable and useful account." The middle part of the book "focuses on the roles of the Special Forces as trainers, clandestine operators, and de facto diplomats in potential and real hotspots." Priest's account of the Special Forces' role in the war in Afghanistan is "interesting and relevant.... She presents a very readable and colorful description of the Special Forces' actions during the opening phases of Operation Enduring Freedom."


Priest, Dana. "New Spy Satellite Debated on Hill: Some Question Price and Need." Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to U.S. officials, "[t]he United States is building a new generation of spy satellites designed to orbit undetected." In closed congressional sessions "lawmakers have questioned its necessity and rapidly escalating price.... The previously undisclosed effort has almost doubled in projected cost -- from $5 billion to nearly $9.5 billion, officials said." Officials said the NRO "has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the program.... The satellite in question would be the third and final version in a series of spacecraft funded under a classified program once known as Misty."


Priest, Dana. "No Evidence CIA Slanted Iraq Data: Probers Say Analysts Remained Consistent." Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to intelligence and congressional officials, Congressional and CIA investigations "have found no evidence that CIA analysts colored their judgment because of perceived or actual political pressure from White House officials." Former DDCI Richard J. Kerr, leading the CIA's review of its prewar Iraq assessment, "said an examination of the ... work done by CIA analysts showed that it remained consistent over many years." Kerr's findings "mirror" those of separate probes by the HPSCI and SSCI, "which have interviewed, under oath, every analyst involved in assessing Iraq's weapons programs and terrorist ties."


Priest, Dana. "Officer Alleges CIA Retaliation: Lawsuit Says Agency Urged False Reporting on Iraqi Arms." Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2004, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington on 3 December 2004 and placed in the public court docket on 8 December 2004, "[a] senior CIA operative who handled sensitive informants in Iraq asserts that CIA managers asked him to falsify his reporting on weapons of mass destruction and retaliated against him after he refused."

[CIA/00s/04/Gen; GenPostCW/00s/04/WMD]

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