James Risen

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Risen, James. "Bin Laden Was Target of U.S. Raid Plans Since Spring." New York Times, 5 Sep. 1998. [http://www.nytimes.com]

U.S. intelligence officials "drew up secret plans last spring for a covert raid to capture Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan." The plan, developed by the CIA and American special forces months before the August bombings of two American Embassies, "called for American forces to extricate the Saudi millionaire from his hideout in Afghanistan and bring him to justice in the United States." DCI George Tenet and other senior officials shelved the mission "because of the high risks involved. Those included the potential for many casualties among Americans and innocent Afghans."


Risen, James. "To Bomb Sudan Plant, or Not: A Year Later, Debates Rankle." New York Times, 27 Oct. 1999, 1.

Since the U.S. President ordered the attack on a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan, his aides have maintained that he "acted on evidence that left no doubt that the factory was involved with chemical weapons and linked to Osama bin Laden.... But an examination of the decision, based on interviews by The New York Times with key participants, shows that it was far more difficult than the Administration has acknowledged and that the voices of dissent were numerous."


Risen, James. "Bush Signs Law to Widen Reach for Wiretapping." New York Times, 6 Aug. 2007. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 5 August 2007, President George W. Bush "signed into law ... legislation that broadly expanded the government's authority to eavesdrop on the international telephone calls and e-mail messages of American citizens without warrants.... Congressional aides and others familiar with the details of the law" said that the new law provides "a legal framework for much of the surveillance without warrants that was being conducted in secret by the National Security Agency and outside the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act."


Risen, James. "Chief of Intelligence Defends Role in Inquiry of Ex-Director." New York Times, 2 Feb. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 1 February 2000, DCI George J. Tenet issued a statement denying "that senior C.I.A. officials had impeded an internal investigation into evidence that Mr. Deutch had placed classified documents on unclassified computers in his home." Tenet said "he had taken 'decisive action' last year after receiving the results of an investigation by the C.I.A.'s inspector general.... Mr. Tenet suspended Mr. Deutch's security clearances indefinitely last August."

[CIA/DCIs/Deutch & Tenet]

Risen, James. "Clinton Creates Post to Protect Nation's Secrets." New York Times, 5 Jan. 2001. [http://www.nytimes.com]

President Clinton has signed a directive creating "a National Counterintelligence Executive charged with bringing a forward-looking, post-cold-war mentality to counterintelligence" (CI). Officials say the post is designed as the CI "equivalent to the nation's drug czar.... Administration officials and others familiar with the plan say that the czar will not be in charge of managing individual spy cases" and that the FBI "will retain its lead role in counterespionage investigations."

Clark comment: The reference here is to President Clinton's Presidential Decision Directive (PDD), entitled "U.S. Counterintelligence Effectiveness for the 21st Century" (CI-21).

The PDD establishes (1) a National CI Board of Directors, chaired by the FBI Director and comprised of the Deputy Defense Secretary, DDCI, and a senior representative of the Justice Department; (2) an NSC Deputies Committee, to include the FBI Director; (3) the position of National Counterintelligence Executive, selected by the Board of Directors with the concurrence of the Attorney General, DCI, and the Defense Secretary and reporting to the FBI Director, as Chairman of the Board of Directors, but responsible to the Board of Directors as a whole; (4) the National CI Policy Board, chaired by the CI Executive and including senior CI officials from State, Defense, Justice, Energy, JCS, CIA, FBI, and the NSC Staff, at a minimum.

The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive assumes the functions and resources of the National Counterintelligence Center (NACIC). AFIO WIN 02-01, 15 Jan. 2001.


Risen, James. "Computer Ills Meant U.S. Couldn't Read Its Spy Photographs." New York Times, 12 Apr. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

A computer crisis at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), beginning in early August 1999 and continuing for about a month, "drastically curtailed" the U.S. government's "ability to keep track of looming international threats.... It came as the mapping agency was installing a new system, which caused the breakdown.... After months of work, the problem has largely been solved, although some officials said the system still did not work as it should."


Risen, James. "Covert Plan Said to Take Aim at Milosevic's Hold on Power." New York Times, 18 Jun. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to U.S. officials, President Clinton has signed a "presidential finding" for a CIA covert action program "to try to destabilize the Yugoslav Government of Slobodan Milosevic." Clark comment: Richard Carpenter found the following quote hilarious: "Few details of the new covert action plan ... are known." I agree that we should all protest keeping a covert action plan secret like that. See also, Bill Gertz, "Clinton Plans CIA Operation that Would Unseat Milosevic," Washington Times National Weekly Edition, 5-11 Jul. 1999, 15.


Risen, James. "Criminal Investigation Follows Review of Agency's Internal Handling of Deutch." New York Times, 6 May 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to government officials, "[t]he Justice Department and the F.B.I. have begun a criminal investigation to determine whether the former director of the C.I.A., John M. Deutch, mishandled classified material by placing it on unsecure computers in his home."


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