March - May 2005

Materials presented in chronological order.

Bumiller, Elisabeth. "Bush Offers Reassurance to C.I.A. Over Role of Intelligence Chief." New York Times, 4 Mar. 2005. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 3 March 2005, President Bush traveled to CIA Headquarters "and sought to reassure its director and nervous employees that they would not be undermined once John D. Negroponte assumes the new position" of DNI. In his remarks, Bush said that CIA Director Porter J. Goss "would continue to brief him every morning in the Oval Office. He did not say, as White House officials have in recent weeks, that Mr. Negroponte would assume responsibility from Mr. Goss for preparing the president's daily intelligence briefing."

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."

White, Josh. "Army Documents Shed Light on CIA 'Ghosting': Systematic Concealment of Detainees Is Found." Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2005, A15. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Senior defense officials have described the CIA practice of hiding unregistered detainees at Abu Ghraib prison as ad hoc and unauthorized, but a review of Army documents shows that the agency's 'ghosting' program was systematic and known to three senior intelligence officials in Iraq."

Baer, Robert. "Wanted: Spies Unlike Us." Foreign Policy 147 (Mar.-Apr. 2005): 66-70.

"The CIA must cultivate foreign sources, reward service overseas, and tap America's top students to once again get good information on enemies of the United States."

Shane, Scott. "C.I.A. Answers Criticism With Pledge to Do Better." New York Times, 2 Apr. 2005. [http://www.nytimes.com]

A day after the WMD commission "harshly criticized" the CIA's "erroneous assessment of Iraqi weapons and weak reporting on other subjects," CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said on 1 Aprul 2005 that the CIA "was trying to give policy makers a more candid account of the reliability of intelligence it passed on."

Burger, Timothy J., and Brian Bennett. "Negroponte's First Test?" Time, 29 Apr. 2005. [http://www.time.com]

DNI John Negroponte "already has a major shouting match between the FBI and CIA to referee. The disagreement is about human spies -- who's in charge of recruiting them inside the U.S. and then handling them abroad against terrorists and foreign governments."

On 28 April 2005, "CIA Director Porter Goss ... named Vice Adm. Bert Calland, a Navy SEAL who supervised special operations forces in Afghanistan after 9/11, as the CIA's acting deputy director."

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."

Priest, Dana. "Surveillance Operation in Pakistan Located and Killed Al Qaeda Official." Washington Post, 15 May 2005, A25. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to a U.S. official and two counterterrorism experts on 14 May 2005, Haitham al-Yemeni, the al Qaeda figure killed last week by a missile from a CIA-operated Predator drone, "had been under surveillance for more than a week by U.S. intelligence and military personnel working along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border."

Shane, Scott, Stephen Grey, and Margot Williams. "C.I.A. Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights." New York Times, 31 May 2005. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Aero Contractors Ltd., based at Johnston County Airport outside Smithfield, NC, is "a major domestic hub" of the CIA's "secret air service." According to former employees, the company, founded in 1979, "appears to be controlled by the agency.... Behind a ... thin cover of rural hideaways, front companies and shell corporations that share officers who appear to exist only on paper, the C.I.A. has rapidly expanded its air operations since 2001 as it has pursued and questioned terrorism suspects around the world." The flagship of the CIA's air fleet "is the Boeing Business Jet, based on the 737 model, which Aero flies from Kinston, N.C., because the runway at Johnston County is too short for it."

According to "public editor" Byron Calame, "The Thinking Behind a Close Look at a C.I.A. Operation," New York Times, 19 Jun. 2005, "[a] striking number of readers have denounced The New York Times for describing the Central Intelligence Agency's covert air operations for transporting suspected terrorists." Calame then discusses the paper's "process for handling covert intelligence stories." He concludes: "I think the worst fears of the Times readers ... should be eased by the assurance that the C.I.A. had ample opportunity to challenge the publication and didn't do so."

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