CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

2011

May - June

Materials presented in chronological order.

Calabresi, Massimo. "The CIA Gets a Rare Public Victory." Time, 2 May 2011. [http://swampland.time.com]

"As the news of Osama bin Laden's death moves ... to accepted reality, one group in the U.S. government will emerge as key to the win: the Central Intelligence Agency. From the earliest identification of a Bin Laden courier, the pursuit of leads, the assessment of evidence and the execution of the raid in Abottabad, Pakistan, the CIA can rightly claim the most credit for finding and killing the world's most wanted terrorist."

Dozier, Kimberly, and Robert Burns. "Bin Laden Raid Shows Blur Between Military and Intelligence: Who's a Soldier, Who's a Spy?" Associated Press, 5 May 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Navy SEALs carried out what those involved call a textbook military operation that killed ... Osama bin Laden. Yet the man in charge was CIA Director Leon Panetta.... That speaks volumes about the government's rarely noticed post-9/11 melding of military might with intelligence craft.... In the bin Laden mission, the chain of command extended from [President] Obama to Panetta to Navy Adm. William H. McRaven," commander of the military's Joint Special Operations Command. "The military is capable of leading a counterterror operation like the bin Laden raid, but putting the CIA in charge avoided potential controversy over legal questions."

Mazzetti, Mark, and Scott Shane. "Data Show Bin Laden Plots; C.I.A. Hid Near Raided House." New York Times, 5 May 2011. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"The C.I.A. had Bin Laden's compound under surveillance for months before American commandos killed him in an assault" on 1 May 2011. "Observing from behind mirrored glass, C.I.A. officers used cameras with telephoto lenses and infrared imaging equipment to study the compound, and they used sensitive eavesdropping equipment to try to pick up voices from inside the house and to intercept cellphone calls. A satellite used radar to search for possible escape tunnels.... [See also, Greg Miller, "CIA Spied on bin Laden from Safe House." Washington Post, 5 May 2011.]

"The aggressive effort across the intelligence community to translate and analyze the documents seized from the hide-out has as its top priority discovering any clues about terrorist attacks that might be in the works. Intelligence analysts also were scrubbing the files for any information that might lead to identifying the location of Al Qaeda’s surviving leadership." [See also, Joby Warrick, "Al-Qaeda Data Yield Details of Planned Plots," Washington Post, 5 May 2011.]

Brulliard, Karin, and Greg Miller. "Pakistanis Disclose Name of CIA Operative." Washington Post, 9 May 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The public naming of the CIA station chief in Islamabad is threatening "to deepen the rift between the United States and Pakistan, with U.S. officials saying they believed the disclosure had been made deliberately by Pakistan's main spy agency," the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI). The "station chief's name was first aired by a private Pakistani television station on [6 May 2011], and a misspelled version of the name was published the next day in the Nation newspaper, which is considered close to the security establishment." See also, Jane Perlez, "Leak of C.I.A. Officer Name Is Sign of Rift With Pakistan," New York Times, 9 May 2011.

Miller, Greg. "CIA Flew Stealth Drones into Pakistan to Monitor bin Laden House." Washington Post, 17 May 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to current and former U.S. officials, "[t]he CIA employed sophisticated new stealth drone aircraft to fly dozens of secret missions deep into Pakistani airspace and monitor the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed.... The aircraft allowed the CIA to glide undetected beyond the boundaries that Pakistan has long imposed on other U.S. drones.... The new drones represent a major advance in the capabilities of remotely piloted planes.... In 2009, the Air Force acknowledged the existence of a stealth drone, a Lockheed Martin model known as the RQ-170 Sentinel.... The aircraft bears the distinct, bat-winged shape of larger stealth warplanes."

Miller, Greg, and Karen DeYoung. "CIA to Search bin Laden Compound." Washington Post, 26 May 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to U.S. officials, Pakistan will "allow the CIA to send a forensics team to examine the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed." The agency will "use sophisticated equipment in a search for al-Qaeda materials that may have been hidden inside walls or buried at the site." Officials said that "CIA Deputy Director Michael J. Morell negotiated access to the ... site during a trip to Islamabad last week," when he met with ISI head Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha. The CIA will also "examine materials that Pakistan's security forces hauled away from the compound." In turn, the CIA has asked the ISI "for assistance in analyzing some of the records that were seized and brought to a CIA document exploitation facility in Northern Virginia."

Apuzzo, Matt, and Adam Goldman. "Daring Raid on bin Laden Compound Avenged Pair of CIA Deaths in Kenya Held Secret for 13 Years." Associated Press, 29 May 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to "a half-dozen current and former U.S. officials," CIA employees "[Uttamlal] Tom Shah and Molly Huckaby Hardy were among the 44 U.S. Embassy employees killed when a truck bomb exploded outside the embassy compound in Kenya in 1998.... Both were among those whose names [CIA Director Leon] Panetta read last week at the annual ceremony for fallen officers."

Gorman, Siobhan, and Adam Entous. "CIA Plans Yemen Drone Strikes." Wall Street Journal, 14 Jun. 2011. [http://online.wsj.com]

According to U.S. officials, the CIA "is preparing to launch a secret program to kill al Qaeda militants in Yemen, where months of antigovernment protests, an armed revolt and the attempted assassination of the president have left a power vacuum.... The covert [Clark comment: Can't be all that covert if I am reading about it in the WSJ and other papers] program that would give the U.S. greater latitude than the current military campaign is the latest step to combat the growing threat from al Qaeda's outpost in Yemen." See also, Mark Mazzetti, "C.I.A. Building Base for Strikes in Yemen," New York Times, 14 Jun. 2011; and Greg Miller, "CIA to Operate Drones over Yemen," Washington Post, 14 Jun. 2011.

Schmitt, Eric, and Mark Mazzetti. "Pakistan Arrests C.I.A. Informants in Bin Laden Raid." New York Times, 14 Jun. 2011. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to American officials, Pakistan's top military spy agency has arrested "five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army major who officials said copied the license plates of cars visiting Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the weeks before the raid" that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. "The fate of the C.I.A. informants arrested in Pakistan is unclear, but American officials said that the C.I.A. director, Leon E. Panetta, raised the issue when he travelled to Islamabad last week to meet with Pakistani military and intelligence officers."

Dozier, Kimberly, and Munir Ahmed. "AP Sources: Pakistan Issues Dozens of CIA Visas." Associated Press, 22 Jun 2011. [http://www.associatedpress.com]

"Pakistan has issued more than three dozen visas to CIA officers as part of confidence-building measures following the U.S. raid that killed ... Osama bin Laden and humiliated Pakistan, officials from both countries" said on 22 June 2011.... The CIA officers would be part of an expanded joint counterterrorism force in Pakistan focused on hunting terrorism suspects."

Aftergood, Steven. "CIA Wins Ruling in Prepublication Review Dispute." Secrecy News, 30 Jun. 2011. [http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy]

On 15 June 2011, Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that the CIA officer, who uses the pseudonym Ishmael Jones, "would be held liable for publishing his 2008 book" The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture, following the CIA's Publication Review Board's refusal to clear the volume for publication. The "Reporter's Transcript" for this Motions Hearing is available at: http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/jones/061511-hearing.pdf.

Finn, Peter, and Julie Tate. "Justice Department to Investigate Deaths of Two Detainees in CIA Custody." Washington Post, 30 Jun. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced on 30 June 2011 that the "Justice Department has opened full criminal investigations of the deaths in CIA custody of two detainees." U.S. officials said the two cases "are the death of an Afghan, Gul Rahman, in 2002 at a prison known as the Salt Pit in Afghanistan, and that of an Iraqi, Manadel al-Jamadi, who was questioned by three CIA officers at Abu Ghraib in 2003."

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