CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

2007

January - May

Materials presented in chronological order.

Harnden, Toby. "CIA Gets the Go-ahead to Take on Hizbollah." Telegraph (London), 10 Jan. 2007. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

A finding signed by President George W. Bush before Christmas 2006 authorizes the CIA "to take covert action against Hizbollah ... to help the Lebanese government prevent the spread of Iranian influence. Senators and congressmen have been briefed on the classified 'non-lethal presidential finding' that allows the CIA to provide financial and logistical support to the prime minister, Fouad Siniora."

Lichtblau, Eric, and Mark Mazzetti. "Military Is Expanding Its Intelligence Role in U.S.." New York Times, 14 Jan. 2007. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The Defense Department has been issuing national security letters "to obtain banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage inside the United States, part of an aggressive expansion by the military into domestic intelligence gathering." The CIA also uses "national security letters to gain access to financial records from American companies, though it has done so only rarely, intelligence officials say.... Some national security experts and civil liberties advocates are troubled by the C.I.A. and military taking on domestic intelligence activities, particularly in light of recent disclosures that the [Pentagon's] Counterintelligence Field Activity office had maintained files on Iraq war protesters in the United States in violation of the military’s own guidelines."

Associated Press. "Judge Rules Agent Can Sue CIA." 15 Jan. 2007. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled on 12 January 2007 that a CIA employee who was fired in September 2004 and who had "collected prewar intelligence that Iraq was not developing weapons of mass destruction, can continue with a lawsuit challenging his dismissal." The decision was on technical grounds; the judge "did not rule on the covert agent's contention that he was fired because he refused to alter intelligence that contradicted Bush administration policies."

Associated Press. "EU Panel OKs Report on Secret CIA Flights." 23 Jan. 2007. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 23 January 2007, "[a] special committee of the European Parliament ... approved a report alleging EU nations including Britain, Poland, Germany and Italy were aware of secret CIA flights over Europe and the abduction of terror suspects by U.S. agents into clandestine detention centers."

Molly Moore, "E.U. Report Faults 16 Nations in Probe of Secret CIA Flights," Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2007, A14, reports that the European Parliament on 14 February 2007 "approved a report admonishing 15 European countries and Turkey for helping the CIA transport terrorism suspects held in secret or for failing to cooperate in the parliament's investigation of the practice."

Whitlock, Craig. "Warrants Issued for 13 CIA Operatives in Germany Kidnapping." Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2007. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 31 January 2007, German prosecutors filed arrest warrants in Munich for "13 CIA operatives suspected of kidnapping a German citizen in the Balkans in 2004 and taking him to a secret prison in Afghanistan" before releasing him several months later.

Smith, R. Jeffrey. "Former Top CIA Official Indicted: Foggo Accused of Steering Contracts to GOP Fundraiser." Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2007, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who was the CIA's executive director from November 2004 until May 2006, "was indicted [on 13 February 2007] by a San Diego grand jury for allegedly corrupting the intelligence agency's contracts." He is "accused of using his seniority and influence at a prior CIA job in Europe to steer business deals to his longtime friend Brent R. Wilkes, a California businessman." Foggo is formally charged with "conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and money laundering."

New York Times. "C.I.A. Contractor Is Sentenced." 14 Feb. 2007. [http://www.nytimes.com]

David A. Passaro, a former CIA contractor, has been sentenced in North Carolina "to eight years and four months in prison for beating [in July 2003] an Afghan detainee who later died."

Delaney, Sarah, and Craig Whitlock. "Milan Court Indicts 26 Americans in Abduction: CIA Operatives May Be Tried in Absentia." Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2007, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 16 Febrary 2007, a court in Milan "handed down indictments against 25 CIA operatives, a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and five Italian spies." They are accused of kidnapping Abu Omar and taking him to Egypt. "The trial is scheduled to open [8 June 2007].... None of the American defendants is in custody, nor are they expected to appear in court. Prosecutors said they will be tried in absentia."

Liptak, Adam. "Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal of Abuse Suit." New York Times, 3 Mar. 2007. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 2 March 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent who alleges kidnapping and abuse by the CIA, "cannot seek redress in court because his lawsuit would expose state secrets." The opinion was written by Judge Robert B. King for the court's unanimous three-judge panel.

Pincus, Walter. "Hayden Works to Absorb New Hires at CIA." Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2007, A9. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Appearing on C-SPAN's "Q&A" on 15 April 2007, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said "his biggest challenge is absorbing all the newly hired analysts and the case officers who have been hired since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.... Although the employment figure is classified, senior intelligence officials say the number is about 15,000."

Kaplan, David E. "Foreign Affairs." U.S. News & World Report, 30 Apr. 2007. [http://www.usnews.com/]

Sometime this summer, "an administrative judge at the EEOC's Washington field office will decide" whether a class action lawsuit on how the CIA treats its female spies will go forward. The complaint is that they were "driven out of the agency for intimate affairs and close friendships with foreign nationals, while male counterparts in similar situations had gotten off scot free."

Barr, Stephen. "Memorial Service Honors Four Who Fell in Service to CIA." Washington Post, 28 May 2007, D2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

CIA employees gathered last week in the headquarters lobby at "the Memorial Wall, where 87 stars are carved in marble. Four ... stars were added this spring.... The 87th star was engraved in memory of Rachel A. Dean of Stanardsville, [VA]. She joined the CIA in 2005..., and died last September [2006] in a car accident while on temporary duty in Kazakhstan.... One of stars added to the Memorial Wall ... commemorates an employee whose identity will remain secret, at least for now." According to the CIA, the "ceremony ... was attended by family and friends of more than 30 of the fallen, and dozens of retired CIA communication officers.... The retired officers played key roles in researching the deaths of two others added to the wall this year: James J. McGrath of Middletown, [CT], and Stephen Kasarda Jr. of McKees Rocks, [PA]. Both were communications officers.... McGrath was electrocuted in January 1957 while repairing a broken transmitter in Germany. Kasarda was killed in May 1960 in Tibet, while climbing across a roof that carried a lethal current from an improperly grounded wire."

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