CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

1999

Generally

January - June 1999

 

Materials presented in chronological order.

Pincus, Walter. "[House] Panel Asks CIA Director to Testify on Iraq Policy." Washington Post, 7 Jan. 1999, A18. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

DCI George J. Tenet has been invited by HPSCI Chairman Porter J. Goss (R-FL) "to testify in public this month on how the recent bombing has affected President Saddam Hussein's rule.... In a letter to Tenet sent [on 6 January 1999], Goss included more than three pages of specific questions that called for not only assessment of the damage caused by the December attacks but also the political and diplomatic fallout."

Pincus, Walter. "CIA Workers Ask ACLU Aid on Polygraph Issues." Washington Post, 13 Jan. 1999, A21. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"A handful of CIA employees who believe their careers have been held up for at least a year because of questions raised by polygraph examinations have sought assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union in resolving their cases, agency and ACLU lawyers said." Washington attorney Roy W. Krieger said on 12 January 1999 that "he was told Monday by the CIA the number may be 'around 100' whose 'flubbers' have led to further questioning." [Question: Is the above "flub" a typo or does Pincus know no better?]

Kennedy, Dominic. "CIA Must Give Its Diana File to Al Fayed." Times (London), 10 Feb. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

A judge on the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia has ordered DIA and CIA to hand over materials they are holding about Diana, Princess of Wales, to Mohamed Al Fayed. "The National Security Agency has conceded that it had '39 NSA-originated and NSA-controlled documents' about the Princess. They were classified top secret because their disclosure could 'cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security', and a judge in Maryland declined a previous request for their release saying that such a move would be extremely ill-advised."

Weiner, Tim. "U.S. Played Key Role in Capture of Kurd Rebel, Officials Say." New York Times, 20 Feb. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The capture by Turkish commandos in Nairobi on 15 February 1999 of Kurdistan Workers Party leader Abdullah Ocalan was aided by the United States. "U.S. diplomatic pressure backed by intelligence gathering helped to put Ocalan in flight from a safe haven in Syria, to persuade nation after nation to refuse him sanctuary and to drive him into an increasingly desperate search for a city of refuge." Officials insist that "the United States had no 'direct involvement' in the Ocalan case," but surveillance information from U.S. "intelligence officers and law-enforcement agents ... gave Turkish commandos the chance to capture Ocalan with the help of Kenyan security officers."

Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Still Recuperating from Mole's Aftermath: Spy-Catching Improves, but Ex-Officers Worry Over Lasting Effect." Washington Post, 22 Feb. 1999, A13. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

"Today, senior CIA and FBI counterintelligence officials say they are well positioned to catch future moles.... An FBI official now has unfettered access to CIA files and runs all counterespionage investigations from a permanent position inside the CIA, those officials say. The CIA has tripled the amount of resources it commits to counterespionage -- operations aimed at detecting internal security breeches."

CNN. "CIA Tries New Strategy to Deter Terrorism." 1 Mar. 1999. [http://cnn.com:80/US/9903/01/cia.terrorism/index.html]

On the sixth floor of the CIA's "new Global Response Center, a high-tech,... command post in suburban Virginia, CIA workers are busy with the agency's newest weapon against terrorism -- the tactic of disruption.... Typically, a disruption operation begins with a scrap of information.... The CIA might provide evidence, for instance, for a legal pretext for arrest, such as information that a terrorist cell crossed a border with false papers or illegal arms. The key to disruption is that it takes place before terrorists strike, amounting to a pre-emptive, offensive form of counterterrorism, Richard Clarke, President Clinton's counterterrorism coordinator, said."

Campbell, Matthew. "Reborn CIA Dusts off Cloak and Dagger." Sunday Times (London), 14 Mar. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

"After years of bemoaning their absence of purpose in a post-Soviet world, the CIA's agents have found a friend in [DCI George] Tenet.... Because of his appreciation of traditional methods of spying, he has developed a warm relationship with them.... In a move that has raised eyebrows among some critics..., Tenet has been quietly resurrecting the so-called Directorate of Operations, the clandestine branch responsible for espionage and covert operations around the world."

Aizenman, Nurith C. "Intelligence Test: Can George Tenet Save the CIA?" New Republic, 22 Mar. 1990, 22-27.

ProQuest Abstract: "George Tenet has brought enthusiasm and stability to the CIA. The agency, however, may need radical restructuring more than it needs boosterism."

Langton, James. "CIA Fights to Hide Its Invisible Ink." Telegraph (London), 11 Apr. 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

"CIA lawyers say that classified First World War documents must not be made public because its spies still use the ink to send secret messages.... The formula is the oldest classified document still banned from public viewing at the National Archives." The judge who heard the freedom of information request in a Washington court in March "agreed, ordering the six files relating to the invisible ink kept secret until 2020."

Pincus, Walter. "Rumsfeld: Intelligence 'Need to Know' Smacks of Not to Know." Washington Post, 5 May 1999, A29. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other members of a commission weighing new missile threats saw something that seemed strange as they got briefed recently at CIA headquarters in Langley. According to a participant in the meeting, intelligence analysts constantly got up to leave the room when certain questions arose outside their specialty. The reason: The answers included highly classified material that the analysts were not cleared to hear.... For Rumsfeld, that briefing illustrated the little publicized but serious problem that compartmentalization has created in the government. Highly sensitive intelligence is so compartmentalized, Rumsfeld said during a recent interview, that wrong information is sometimes being given to policymakers because analysts do not have access to correct secret data. The situation so concerned Rumsfeld that he included it as a major issue in a classified report sent in March to Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet."

Risen, James. "C.I.A. Veteran Retires Again, After Rebuilding Spy Operation." New York Times, 7 May 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Jack Downing, "who came out of retirement two years ago..., is stepping down as the agency's top spy.... Downing returned to help pull the agency out of its post-cold-war identity crisis. His return has parallels to the fictional return of George Smiley, the spy master who, in the novels of John le Carré, returned to save British intelligence." [Clark comment: Whew! That's laying it on pretty thick. Guess the journalist wants us to understand he once read a book.] See also, Vernon Loeb, "Key CIA Official To Step Down: Downing Heads Clandestine Service." Washington Post, 7 May 1999, A37.

Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Employees Sue Agency for Unfettered Right to Legal Help." Washington Post, 14 May 1999, A31. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"A group of current and former CIA employees has charged in a lawsuit that their secret agency routinely dissuades its own employees from obtaining counsel in the course of internal disciplinary actions and 'obstructs' those who do seek effective legal representation."

MacIntyre, Ben. "US Secrets Fell into Lap of Public." Times (London), 18 May 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

"A CIA undercover agent [Clark comment -- not a very likely description for someone involved in selling surplus goods at public auction], identified only as MK, has been reprimanded for 'a major lapse of CIA security' after 25 laptop computers were sold to the public at auction while still containing top-secret information on their hard drives."

Markoff, John. "C.I.A.'s Artistic Enigma Yields All but Final Clue." New York Times, 16 Jun. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Jim Gillogly, a Southern California computer scientist, has broken 768 of the 865 characters etched into Jim Sanborn's Kryptos sculpture dedicated at the CIA in October 1990. The three sections uncovered "include a poetic phrase, a reference to a point near the C.I.A.'s headquarters in Langley, Va. (with the enticing passage, 'Who knows the exact location? Only WW'), and an excerpt from an account of the opening of King Tut's tomb in 1922."

Arana, Marie. "Web Sighting: Spy Hunt." Washington Post, 20 Jun. 1999, X3. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

Unimpressed with the CIA Website -- for kids or for adults.

Goss, Porter J. "Speech at CIRA Luncheon." CIRA Newsletter 23, no. 2 (Summer 1999): 3-8.

In his speech at the Ft. Myer Officer's Club on 3 May 1999, Representative Goss [R-FL] stressed the importance of HUMINT in working against today's intelligence targets.

 

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