CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

2006

General

September - December

Materials presented in chronological order.

Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Michael Fletcher. "Bush Says Detainees Will Be Tried: He Confirms Existence of CIA Prisons." Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2006, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 6 September 2006, President Bush "announced the transfer of the last 14 suspected terrorists held by the CIA at secret foreign prisons to the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said he wants to try them before U.S. military panels under proposed new rules he ... sent to Congress." Dana Priest, "Officials Relieved Secret Is Shared," Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2006, A17, adds that, at the CIA, the president's announcement brought a "feeling of relief" to "the very people carrying out the program."

U.S. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Intelligence.

1. Report: Postwar Findings about Iraq's WMD Programs and Links to Terrorism and How they Compare with Prewar Assessments. Washington, DC: 8 Sep. 2006.

2. Report: The Use by the Intelligence Community of Information Provided by the Iraqi National Congress. Washington, DC: 8 Sep. 2006.

Weisman, Jonathan. "Iraq's Alleged Al-Qaeda Ties Were Disputed Before War: Links Were Cited to Justify U.S. Invasion, Report Says." Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2006, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

A report released by the SSCI on 8 September 2006 "revealed that U.S. intelligence analysts were strongly disputing the alleged links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda while senior Bush administration officials were publicly asserting those links to justify invading Iraq." Another report "said exiles from the Iraqi National Congress (INC) tried to influence U.S. policy by providing, through defectors, false information on Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons capabilities. After skeptical analysts warned that the group had been penetrated by hostile intelligence services, including Iran's, a 2002 White House directive ordered that U.S. funding for the INC be continued." See also, Mark Mazzetti, "C.I.A. Said to Find No Hussein Link to Terror Chief," New York Times, 9 Sep. 2006.

Priest, Dana, and Ann Scott Tyson. "Bin Laden Trail 'Stone Cold': U.S. Steps Up Efforts, But Good Intelligence on Ground Is Lacking." Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2006, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to U.S. and Pakistani officials, the "U.S. commandos whose job is to capture or kill Osama bin Laden have not received a credible lead in more than two years.... But in the last three months, following a request from President Bush to 'flood the zone,' the CIA has sharply increased the number of intelligence officers and assets devoted to the pursuit of bin Laden. The intelligence officers will team with the ... Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and with more resources from the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies."

Pincus, Walter. "New Chief Is Critical of Barriers Within CIA." Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2006, A6. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

DCIA Gen. Michael V. Hayden "told agency employees [on 18 September 2006] that their intelligence activities are too segmented, saying that operations officers ... need to work more closely with the analysts." One tactic in breaking down barriers "will be to limit much of the independence each directorate had in the past and centralize more authority with Hayden."

Mayer, Jane. "Outsourcing: The C.I.A.'s Travel Agent." New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2006. [http://www.newyorker.com/]

A Boeing subsidiary called Jeppesen International Trip Planning, based in San Jose, California, handles "many of the logistical and navigational details for the CIA's "secret 'extraordinary rendition' flights for terrorism suspects." These activities include "flight plans, clearance to fly over other countries, hotel reservations, and ground-crew arrangements."

Johnston, David. "C.I.A. Tells of Bush's Directive on the Handling of Detainees." New York Times, 15 Nov. 2006. [http://www.nytimes.com]

In a letter sent by CIA Associate General Counsel John L. McPherson to ACLU lawyers on 10 November 2006, the CIA acknowledged "the existence of two classified documents, including a directive signed by President Bush, that have guided the agency's interrogation and detention of terror suspects.... McPherson confirmed the existence of the documents but declined to release them, saying that essentially all of their contents were exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act because release would damage national security and violate attorney-client privilege."

Pincus, Walter. "Hayden's Hands-On Style Changes Tone at CIA: Director Seeks to Improve Flow of Information, Restore Agency's Sense of Confidence and Mission." Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2006, A14. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

DCIA Gen. Michael V. Hayden "recently sat for an interview..., along with his top three deputies. While the officials declined to talk about the specifics..., they outlined the practices Hayden is using to make his mark on the agency." DNI John Negroponte handles the morning Oval Office briefing of President Bush. Hayden attends that briefing "about once a week" to represent the CIA and talk "about activities beyond the intelligence analysis inside the PDB." The DNI's "office controls what goes into the PDB and contributions come from all parts of the intelligence community," but CIA analysts still write "a major part" and handle "the editing and production of the report."

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