CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

2011

July - September

Materials presented in chronological order.

Scahill, Jeremy. "The CIA's Secret Sites in Somalia." The Nation, 12 Jul. 2011. [http://www.thenation.com]

"Nestled in a back corner of Mogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport is a sprawling walled compound run" by the CIA.. "At the facility, the CIA runs a counterterrorism training program for Somali intelligence agents and operatives aimed at building an indigenous strike force capable of snatch operations and targeted 'combat'. operations against members of Al Shabab.... [T]he CIA also uses a secret prison buried in the basement of Somalia's National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters, where prisoners suspected of being Shabab members or of having links to the group are held."

Starr, Barbara. "U.S. Official: CIA Interrogating Terror Suspects in Somalia." CNN, 13 Jul. 2011. [http:/www.cnn.com]

A senior U.S. official told CNN on 12 July 2011 that "CIA operatives have secretly traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia, to help interrogate terrorism suspects about operations in East Africa and Yemen.... The suspects were captured by the Somali TFG [Transitional Federal Government] troops and held for questioning. CIA operatives typically assist by being present in the room or suggesting specific questions."

Ukman, Jason, and Greg Miller. "CIA Ran Vaccine Drive to Obtain DNA of bin Laden Relatives, U.S. Officials Acknowledge." Washington Post, 13 Jul. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"U.S. officials have acknowledged the CIA organized a vaccine program in the Pakistani town where they believed Osama bin Laden to be hiding in an effort to obtain DNA from his family.... The Guardian newspaper disclosed ... this week ... that the agency had recruited a senior Pakistani doctor to travel to Abbottabad to organize it. That doctor has since been arrested by the country's Inter-Services Intelligence agency for cooperating with the agency, and U.S. officials have said they are seeking to have him released."

Apuzzo, Matt, and Adam Goldman. "With CIA Help, NYPD Built Secret Effort to Monitor Mosques, Daily Life of Muslim Neighborhoods." Associated Press, 24 Aug. 2011. [http://www.ap.org]

Since the 9/11 attacks, "the NYPD has become one of the country's most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies. A months-long investigation by The Associated Press has revealed that the NYPD operates far outside its borders and targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government. And it does so with unprecedented help from the CIA in a partnership that has blurred the bright line between foreign and domestic spying."

David Cohen arrived at the NYPD "in January 2002.... A retired 35-year veteran of the CIA, Cohen became the police department's first civilian intelligence chief.... Among Cohen's earliest moves ... was making a request of ... CIA headquarters.... He needed someone to help build" the NYPD intelligence division. DCI "George Tenet responded by tapping Larry Sanchez, a respected veteran who had served as a CIA official inside the United Nations... Tenet kept Sanchez on the CIA payroll."

According to a former official involved in the process, although "the CIA is prohibited from collecting intelligence domestically, the wall between domestic and foreign operations became more porous. Intelligence gathered by the NYPD, with CIA officer Sanchez overseeing collection, was often passed to the CIA in informal conversations and through unofficial channels.

Hussein Saddique, "CIA Denies Helping Police Spy on New York Muslims," CNN, 26 Aug. 2011, reports that the CIA has denied "a news report that it has helped" the NYPD "conduct covert surveillance on Muslims. The agency said suggestions that it engaged in domestic spying were 'simply wrong.' The spy agency said the report 'mischaracterized the nature and scope' of the CIA's support for the New York police."

Miller, Greg, and Julie Tate. "Al-Qaeda's No. 2 :Leader Is Killed in Pakistan, U.S. Officials Say." Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to U.S. officials, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, Al-Qaeda's second in command, "was killed last week" in Waziristan, Pakistan, "by a CIA drone strike.... A Pakistani intelligence official in the North Waziristan region said four missiles had been fired in the ... drone strike, two at a vehicle and two at the guest house of a tribal leader." See also Mark Mazzetti, "C.I.A. Drone Is Said to Kill Al Qaeda's No. 2," New York Times, 27 Aug. 2011.

Miller, Greg, and Julie Tate. "CIA Shifts Focus to Killing Targets." Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The CIA's Counterterrorism Center, which had 300 employees on the day of the [9/11] attacks, now ... [has] about 2,000 on its staff." The CTC "accounts for 10 percent of the agency's workforce, has designated officers in almost every significant overseas post and controls the CIA's expanding fleet of drones." The assault in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin Laden "was the most high-profile example of an expanding collaboration between the CIA and the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command.... The CIA's post-Sept. 11 arsenal has also included elite Afghan militias trained and led by the agency's Special Activities Division."

Nordland, Rod. "Files Note Close C.I.A. Ties to Qaddafi Spy Unit." New York Times, 2 Sep. 2011. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Documents discovered on 2 September 2011 by journalists and Human Rights Watch "at the abandoned office of Libya's former spymaster appear to provide new details of the close relations" the CIA and MI-6 "shared with the Libyan intelligence service.... The documents cover 2002 to 2007, with many of them concentrated in late 2003 and 2004, when Moussa Koussa was head of the External Security Organization." See also, Richard Spencer, "Libya: Secret Dossier Reveals Gaddafi's UK Spy Links," Telegraph (London), 3 Sep. 2011.

Dozier, Kimberly. "Four-Star Petraeus Becomes Spymaster Petraeus, Sworn in as 20th Director of CIA." Associated Press, 6 Sep. 2011. [http://www.associatedpress.com]

David Petraeus was sworn in as CIA director on 6 September 2011 by Vice President Joe Biden.

Londoño, Ernesto, and Greg Miller. "Afghan Employed by U.S. Kills American Inside Kabul CIA Station." Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 25 September 2011, "[a]n Afghan man employed by the U.S. government opened fire in the CIA compound in Kabul, killing an agency contractor and wounding another, officials said" on 26 September 2011.

CNN. "Drone Strike Kills U.S.-Born al Qaeda Cleric al-Awlaki, U.S. Officials Say." 30 September 2011. [http://www.cnn.com]

According to U.S. and Yemeni government officials, "Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki -- an American ... [who was] one of the top terrorist recruiters in the world -- was killed [on 30 September 2011] in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen." A U.S. official said that "the U.S. military helped target al-Awlaki.... The strike also killed American Samir Khan and two others who were in the same vehicle as al-Awlaki, said another U.S. official, who was briefed by the CIA. Khan specialized in computer programming for al Qaeda and produced the terrorist network's English-language online magazine, Inspire."

See also, Mark Mazzetti, Eric Schmitt, and Robert F. Worth, "Two-Year Manhunt Led to Killing of Awlaki in Yemen," New York Times, 30 Sep. 2011.

Finn, Peter. "Secret U.S. Memo Sanctioned Killing of Aulaqi." Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to administration officials, "[t]he Justice Department wrote a secret memorandum authorizing the lethal targeting of Anwar al-Aulaqi, the American-born radical cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone strike" on 30 September 2011. " The decision to place Aulaqi on a capture or kill list was made in early 2010, after intelligence officials concluded that he played a direct role in the plot to blow up a jet over Detroit and had become an operational figure within al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen." See also, Scott Shane, "Judging a Long, Deadly Reach," New York Times, 30 Sep. 2011.

Miller, Greg. "Strike on Aulaqi Demonstrates Collaboration between CIA and Military." Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 30 September 2011, "armed drones from the CIA and the military's Joint Special Operations Command converged above Anwar al-Aulaqi's position in northern Yemen ... and unleashed a flurry of missiles. US officials said the CIA was in control of all the aircraft, as well as the decisions to fire.... The military aircraft came across the Gulf of Aden from Djibouti, which has been the primary base for JSOC drones patrolling Yemen for much of the past year. U.S. officials said that CIA drones involved in the strike took off from an agency base in the Arabian peninsula so new that it had become operational only in recent weeks."

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