Weiner, Tim. "After Errant $2 Billion, Spy Satellite Agency Heads Are Ousted." New York Times, 27 Feb. 1996, A9 (N).
NRO Director Jeffrey K. Harris and Deputy Director Jimmie D. Hill have been fired as part of the shakeup of the agency in the wake of the uproar about the salting away of some $2 billion in the NRO budget. Keith Hall has been named deputy director and acting director of the NRO.
Weiner, Tim. "Aging Shop of Horrors: The CIA Limps to 50." New York Times, 20 Jul. 1997, E6.
Weiner, Tim. "Author of Computer Surveillance Plan Tries to Ease Fears." New York Times, 16 Aug. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]
On 30 July 1999, the House Appropriations Committee deleted from the budget proposal $2 million requested by the FBI as start-up money to develop a system -- called Fidnet -- to protect government computers from hackers. But the main author of the plan, Richard Clarke, National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counterterrorism on the National Security Council, believes that Congress will fund the system once lawmakers understand it.
Weiner, Tim. "Bail Denied for Ex-C.I.A. Officer Accused as a Spy." New York Times, 17 Apr. 1998, A19 (N).
"All signs at [a 16 April 1998] hearing suggested that Mr. Groat was ready to go to trial.... A trial could pose huge headaches for the Government, which would have to prove that Mr. Groat revealed secrets, but would try to do so without revealing what those secrets were."
Weiner, Tim. Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget. New York: Warner, 1990. 1991. [pb]
Clark comment: Blank Check includes references to CIA and other covert operational funds as being hidden in the Pentagon's "Black Budget." Surveillant 1.2 says that this book, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles, exposes a $36-billion-dollar cache "used by the Pentagon to fund a top-secret agenda of weapons and wars." Weiner details the intelligence gathering capabilities of the NSA, the NRO, and other groups. He argues that the black budget "displays grand-scale corruption at the highest levels of government."
According to Wirtz, IJI&C 4.3, this "sensationalist treatment of the subject, replete with errors of fact and misinterpretation of key concepts, degenerates into a muckraking exposé." It substitutes "outrage for analysis." On the other hand, Sinkin, NameBase, calls Blank Check "a solidly-documented description of how the U.S. responded to atomic weapons and the Cold War by giving birth to, nurturing, and ultimately succumbing to a national security state."
Weiner, Tim. "Blowback from the Afghan Battlefield." New York Times, 13 Mar. 1994.
"[S]ince the Soviets withdrew, tens of thousands of Islamic radicals, outcasts, visionaries and gunmen from some 40 nations have come to Afghanistan to learn the lessons of the jihad,... to train for armed insurrection, to bring the struggle back home.... The sole field of victory for C.I.A.-backed 'freedom fighters' in the 1980's has become an international center for the training and indoctrination of terrorists." There, "the foreigners learn about guerrilla warfare, antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. Much in demand, but too precious to fire in training, is the Stinger antiaircraft missile, supplied by the hundreds to the Afghans by the C.I.A. in the 1980's."
Weiner, Tim. "Breaking with Past, C.I.A. Plans to Discipline Officers Who Lied." New York Times, 28 Sep. 1995, A1, A7 (N).
DCI Deutch "is weighing an internal review board's recommendations to dismiss the former Latin America division chief [Terry Ward] and a former station chief in Guatemala [Frederick Brugger], and demote or discipline as many as 10 other officers" for actions or inactions relating to suspect agents and stifled reports in Guatemala in the early 1990s.
Weiner, Tim. "The Case of the Spies Without a Country." New York Times, 17 Jan. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]
UNSCOM "became an international intelligence service for the new world order. It was the first of its kind -- and, it now seems, maybe the last.... When the going got tough for Unscom, it sought U.S. spy technology.... In March the special commission adopted a U.S. eavesdropping system so secret that only a handful of Americans, British, Australians and New Zealanders had full access to it.... The experiment in international intelligence is over."
Weiner, Tim. "Castro's Moles Dig Deep, Not Just Into Exiles." New York Times, 1 Mar. 1996, A4 (N).
This article is keyed to the redefection to Cuba of a pilot from the anti-Castro group, Brothers to the Rescue.
Weiner, Tim. "China Detains U.S. Attaché and Seeks Recall." New York Times, 17 Jan. 1996, A26.
Weiner, Tim. "Clinton Proposes Acting C.I.A. Chief as Agency Leader." New York Times, 20 Mar. 1997, A1, A14 (N).
On 19 March 1997, President Clinton nominated George J. Tenet, 44, for the position of Director of Central Intelligence (DCI). Tenet has been Deputy Director of Central Intelligence (DDCI) since July 1995 and Acting DCI since December 1996. See also, Tim Weiner, "For 'the Ultimate Staff Guy,' a Time to Reap the Rewards of Being Loyal: George John Tenet," New York Times, 20 Mar. 1997, A14 (N).
Weiner, Tim. "Commission Recommends Streamlined Spy Agencies." New York Times, 1 Mar. 1996, A13 (N).
"A Presidential commission on the future of United States spy services has recommended shrinking the nation's intelligence agencies but leaving their structure fundamentally unchanged, according to Government officials who have read its report." The officials "say it also recommends revealing the total size of the secret intelligence budget ... and giving enhanced power to the [DCI] to manage the 13 agencies that make up the sprawling 'intelligence community.' They also said that most of the changes the report will recommend are evolutionary, not revolutionary."
Weiner, Tim. "Conservatives Attack C.I.A. Nominee." New York Times, 3 Feb. 1997, A12 (N).
SSCI Chairman Shelby has expressed doubts about Anthony Lake's nomination as DCI. One concern is Lake's failure to notify Congress of the administration's tacit approval of Iranian arms shipments to the Bosnian Moslems. Conservative groups are also raising concerns that Lake is a closet liberal. Nonetheless, support has been voiced by former DCI Robert Gates and Senator John McCain.
Weiner, Tim. "Crisis with Iraq: Baghdad's Foes." New York Times, 16 Nov. 1998. [http://www.nytimes.com]
On 15 November 1998, "President Clinton ... all but called for a coup against Saddam Hussein, vowing to work with Iraqi opposition groups until 'a new government' took power in Iraq....Two weeks ago, the president signed an unusual $97 million bill [the Iraq Liberation Act] that proposes to unify the deeply divided Iraqi opposition. The CIA has spent nearly that much money since the Gulf War backing four different groups trying to subvert Saddam: Kurdish dissidents in northern Iraq, Iraqi military defectors in Jordan, Shiite Muslim groups in southern Iraq and a coalition of exiles based in London. None proved effective."
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