CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

2010

November - December

Materials presented in chronological order.

Barnes, Julian E., and Adam Entous. "Yemen Covert Role Pushed: Foiled Bomb Plot Heightens Talk of Putting Elite U.S. Squads in CIA Hands." Wall Street Journal, 1 Nov. 2010. [http://online.wsj.com]

The bombing plot by suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen "has added urgency" to an administration review of "military options that include putting elite U.S. hunter-killer teams that operate secretly in the country under [CIA] authority. Officials said support was growing both within the military and the administration for shifting more operational control to the CIA." Allowing U.S. Special Operations "units to operate under the CIA would give the U.S. greater leeway to strike at militants ... without the explicit blessing of the Yemeni government." The White House is also "considering adding armed CIA drones to the arsenal against militants in Yemen"

Dozier, Kimberly. "CIA Punished 16 Officers in Peru Plane Shootdown." Associated Press, 1 Nov. 2010. [http://www.ap.org]

"A declassified 2008 CIA inspector general report released [on 1 November 2010] recommended [administrative] punishments" for 16 retired and current CIA officers "for their role in Peru's 2001 shootdown of a plane that killed two innocent Americans." CIA Director Leon Panetta "accepted those penalties in December 2009, the CIA said in a statement." See U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Inspector General, Report of Investigation: Procedures used in Narcotics Airbridge Denial Program in Peru, 1995-2001, 25 Aug. 2008 [Approved for release 1 Nov. 2010], at: http://www.foia.cia.gov.

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Inspector General. Report of Investigation: Procedures used in Narcotics Airbridge Denial Program in Peru, 1995-2001. 25 Aug. 2008 [Approved for release 1 Nov. 2010]. Available at: http://www.foia.cia.gov.

The report concludes that: "Violations of the required procedures to intercept and shoot down an aircraft occurred in all 15 ABDP [Airbridge Denial Program] shootdowns in which CIA had participated, beginning in May 1995. CIA officers knew of and condoned most of these violations, fostering an environment of negligence and disregard for procedures designed to protect against the loss of innocent life that culminated in the downing of the missionary plane....

"Throughout the life of the ABDP, there was evidence of deviations trom the required procedures, both in the videotapes of the shootdowns and in the reporting cables [redaction] CIA officers charged with legal and policy oversight of the program ignored this evidence. Their failure to provide adequate oversight and report violations precluded a policy review and a possible change in course that could have prevented the shootdown of April 2001."

Panetta, Leon E. "Message from the Director: Associate Director for Military Affairs." Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 15 Nov. 2010. [https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/press-release-2010/associate-director-for-military-affairs.html]

"Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on the Associate Director for Military Affairs": Announces the appointment of Air Force Lt. Gen. Kurt A. Cichowski to be CIA Associate Director for Military Affairs, effective 22 November 2010. He has been serving as Vice Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command. He succeeds Lt. Gen. (soon to be Gen.) Mark Welsh, who will be commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). See also, Jeff Stein, "CIA Picks AF General to Run Military Ops Office," Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2010.

Winfield, Nicole. "Italy Appeals Court Ups US Sentences in CIA Trial." Associated Press, 15 Dec. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 15 December 2010, an Italian appeals court "increased the sentences against 23 Americans convicted in the kidnapping" of Egyptian terror suspect Abu Omar in 2003. "[T]he court added one year to the eight-year term handed down to former Milan CIA station chief Robert Seldon Lady and two years onto the five-year terms given to 22 other Americans convicted along with him, defense lawyers said."

Mazzetti, Mark, and Salman Massod. "Pakistani Role Is Suspected in Revealing U.S. Spy’s Name." New York Times, 17 Dec. 2010. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The CIA station chief in Islamabad left "the country on [16 December 2010] amid ... recriminations between American and Pakistani spies, with some American officials convinced that the officer's cover was deliberately blown" by Pakistan's Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence. U.S. officials said the "station chief had received a number of death threats since being publicly identified in a legal complaint sent to the Pakistani police this week by the family of victims of earlier drone campaigns." See also, Karin Brulliard, "Pakistani Intelligence Official Denies Agency Role in Revealing Name of CIA Station Chief," Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2010.

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