CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

2010

August - October

Materials presented in chronological order.

Goldman, Adam. "Obama Nominates David Buckley as CIA Inspector General." Associated Press, 6 Aug. 2010. [http://www.ap.org]

President Obama has nominated David B. Buckley, a senior manager for Deloitte Consulting, to be the CIA inspector general. Buckley previously "served as minority staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and chief investigator for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations." The position, vacant for more than a year, requires Senate confirmation.

Goldman, Adam, and Matt Apuzzo. "AP Exclusive: Terrorist Interrogation Tapes Found." Associated Press, 18 Aug. 2010. [http://www.ap.org]

The CIA has found two videotapes and one audiotape "of interrogations in a secret overseas prison of admitted 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh. Discovered in a box under a desk at the CIA," the tapes "apparently ... do not show harsh treatment." According to several current and former U.S. officials, "[t]he tapes depict Binalshibh's interrogation sessions in 2002 at a Moroccan-run facility the CIA used near Rabat."

Dozier, Kimberly. "CIA Forms New Center to Combat Nukes, WMDs." Associated Press, 18 Aug. 2010. [http://www.ap.org]

CIA Director Leon Panetta said on 18 August 2010 that the CIA "is opening a counterproliferation center to combat the spread of dangerous weapons and technology.... The center would formalize the collaboration between the agency's analysts and operators."

Gorman, Siobhan. "CIA Man Is Key to U.S. Relations With Karzai." Wall Street Journal, 24 Aug. 2010. [http://online.wsj.com]

According to "U.S. officials as well as current and former diplomats and military figures," the CIA's station chief in Afghanistan is being used by the Obama administration "to troubleshoot Washington's precarious relationship with President Hamid Karzai" and, thus, "has become a pivotal behind-the-scenes power broker in Kabul.... The station chief's position became more crucial following the June [2010] firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, perhaps the only other senior American who had a close relationship with Mr. Karzai....

"The station chief, a former Marine in his 50s, is known to some colleagues by his nickname, 'Spider.' ... Besides his relationship with Mr. Karzai, he serves the more traditional role of running CIA operations in Afghanistan, a growing component of the war. The CIA is expanding its presence there by 20% to 25%, in its largest surge since Vietnam. The several hundred officers assigned to Afghanistan outnumber those in Iraq at the height of that war."

Miller, Greg, and Joshua Partlow. "CIA Making Secret Payments to Members of Karzai Administration." Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The CIA is making secret payments to multiple members of President Hamid Karzai's administration, in part to maintain sources of information..., according to current and former U.S. officials. The payments are long-standing in many cases and designed to help the agency maintain a deep roster of allies within the presidential palace. Some aides function as CIA informants, but others collect stipends under more informal arrangements meant to ensure their accessibility, a U.S. official said."

Whitlock, Craig, and Greg Miller. "U.S. Covert Paramilitary Presence in Afghanistan Much Larger Than Thought." Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The CIA has trained and deployed in Afghanistan "a well-armed 3,000-member Afghan paramilitary force collectively known as Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams.... The existence of the teams is disclosed" in Bob Woodward's Obama's Wars. More broadly, however, "interviews with sources familiar with the CIA's operations, as well as a review of the database of 76,000 classified U.S. military field reports posted last month by the Web site WikiLeaks, reveal an agency that has a significantly larger covert paramilitary presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan than previously known."

CNN Wire Staff, "Official: CIA-Trained Force Targeting Militants in Pakistan," 22 Sep. 2010, quotes a "U.S. official" as saying: "You're talking about one of the finest Afghan fighting forces, which has made major contributions to security and stability." Kimberly Dozier and Adam Goldman, "US Official: CIA Runs Elite Afghan Fighting Force," Associated Press, 22 Sep. 2010: "Modeled after U.S. special forces, the Counterterrorist Pursuit Team was set up in the months following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2002 to penetrate territory controlled by the Taliban and al-Qaida and target militants for interrogations by CIA officials."

Mazzetti, Mark, and Eric Schmitt. "C.I.A. Steps Up Drone Attacks on Taliban in Pakistan." New York Times, 27 Sep. 2010. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to U.S. officials, the CIA. "has drastically increased its bombing campaign in the mountains of Pakistan.... As part of its covert war in the region, the C.I.A. has launched 20 attacks with armed drone aircraft thus far in September, the most ever during a single month, and more than twice the number in a typical month.... Over all the spy agency has carried out 74 drone attacks this year, according to the Web site The Long War Journal, which tracks the strikes. A vast majority of the attacks -- which usually involve several drones firing multiple missiles or bombs -- have taken place in North Waziristan." See also, Greg Miller, "CIA Steps Up Drone Attacks in Pakistan Amid Fear of al-Qaeda Terror in Europe," Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2010.

Miller, Greg. "CIA Backed by Drones in Pakistan." Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to U.S. officials, the CIA is escalating its operations in Pakistan with "an arsenal of armed drones and other equipment provided by the U.S. military." This is "a signification evolution" of the CIA's "controversial targeted killing program.... The intensification of the drone campaign is unprecedented in scale. According to records kept by the New America Foundation, the 22 strikes the CIA is known to have carried out in September nearly doubled the previous monthly record.... It was unclear whether the drones lent to the CIA by the military are being flown by CIA personnel.... CIA drone flights are restricted to 'flight boxes,' or boundaries set by the Pakistanis." See also, Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt, "C.I.A. Steps Up Drone Attacks on Taliban in Pakistan," New York Times, 27 Sep. 2010.

Dozier, Kimberly. "New Inspector General Finally Watching CIA." Associated Press, 7 Oct. 2010. [http://www.ap.org]

The CIA "says new Inspector General David Buckley started work this week, filling a post that had been empty for a year and a half.... Buckley, a former Air Force special agent, served previously on the House intelligence committee, the Senate investigations subcommittee and inspector general offices at Treasury and the Pentagon."

Mazzetti, Mark. "Officer Failed to Warn C.I.A. Before Attack." New York Times, 19 Oct. 2010. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to CIA Director Leon E. Panetta on 19 October 2010, an investigation conducted by the agency's counterintelligence division found that "[t]hree weeks before a Jordanian double agent set off a bomb at a remote [CIA] base in eastern Afghanistan last December, a C.I.A. officer in Jordan received warnings that the man might be working for Al Qaeda.... But the C.I.A. officer did not tell his bosses of suspicions -- brought to the Americans by a Jordanian intelligence officer -- that the man might be planning to lure Americans into a trap."

The investigation also "chronicled major security lapses at the base in Afghanistan, a lack of war zone experience among the agency's personnel at the base, insufficient vetting of the alleged defector and a murky chain of command with different branches of the intelligence agency competing for control over the operation.... Panetta said that the report did not recommend holding a single person or group of individuals directly accountable for 'systemic failures.'"

Joby Warrick, "'Systemic Failures' Led to Attack, CIA Says," Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2010, notes that Panetta also said that "[a] separate independent review by former U.S. diplomat Thomas Pickering and former Department of Homeland Security intelligence chief Charles E. Allen concurred with the agency's findings." Panetta's predecessor Michael V. Hayden "said he concurs with the agency's findings and approach."

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