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The CIA has a New Boss

Feb 12th, 2009 | WASHINGTON

The Senate has confirmed Leon Panetta to run the CIA.

Panetta’s nomination sailed through the chamber by a voice vote.With no direct intelligence gathering or analysis experience,  Obama selected Panetta because of his managerial skills and ability to repair the agency’s relationship with Congress after two tumultuous Bush terms.

During his confirmation hearings, Panetta said it was time for the agency to move ahead and not to dwell on the harsh treatment of foreign detainees n the previous administration. He won’t seek prosecutions of people who participated in such interrogations.


Obama keeps controversial program in CIA playbook

obama-280208Two days after taking the helm of a country ready for change after eight years of George W. Bush, President Obama has allowed one controversial “War on Terror” tactic to remain in place: rendition.

The CIA’s secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a wind-swept naval base on the southeastern corner of Cuba. Continue reading

Investigation: CIA chief accused of rape

CIA station chief accused of rape

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Reports say the officer was recalled to the US after the accusations

The CIA’s station chief in Algeria is under investigation after two separate allegations of rape, US media report.

Two Algerian women came forward last September saying they had been sexually assaulted by the man while at his home in Algiers, ABC News says.

The man, identified in court documents as Andrew Warren, was recalled in October while the US Justice Department investigated, officials said.

Mr Warren, 41, had been stationed in Algiers since 2007.

Both alleged victims have provided sworn statements to prosecutors ahead of a possible criminal case, ABC News reported.

Separate claims

One of the women said she had been drinking at a party at the officer’s house in September 2007 when she became suddenly ill and passed out.

The United States takes very seriously any accusations of misconduct involving any US personnel abroad
US state department spokesman

She woke up later thinking she had had intercourse, but unable to remember for sure, court documents say.

The second woman approached embassy staff claiming the man had sexually assaulted her at his home last February.

Court documents said investigators found drugs associated with date-rape in the officer’s Algiers home, ABC News reported.

A state department spokesman said: “The United States takes very seriously any accusations of misconduct involving any US personnel abroad.”

A CIA station chief runs the agency’s operations in foreign countries while managing relationships with the host nation’s security services.

Nation’s chief intelligence officer resigns


Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell has resigned effective immediately.

Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell has resigned effective immediately.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell has resigned effective immediately, DNI spokesman Ross Feinstein said Tuesday.

Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, the No. 3 official in the DNI’s office, will serve as acting director until a new one is confirmed, Feinstein said.

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama nominated retired Adm. Dennis Blair to be chief of intelligence.

Blair’s confirmation hearing was held last week, and the Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to recommend approval as early as Wednesday, sending the nomination to the full Senate for a final vote.

NSA Whistleblower on Bush’s Domestic Spy Program Secerts

NSA whistleblower Russell Tice was back on Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC program Thursday evening to expand on his Wednesday revelations that the National Security Agency spied on individual U.S. journalists, entire U.S. news agencies as well as “tens of thousands” of other Americans.

Tice said on Wednesday that the NSA had vacuumed in all domestic communications of Americans, including, faxes, phone calls and network traffic.

Today Tice said that the spy agency also combined information from phone wiretaps with data that was mined from credit card and other financial records. He said information of tens of thousands of U.S. citizens is now in digital databases warehoused at the NSA.

Obama to name Panetta to lead CIA

Panetta Chosen as C.I.A. Chief in Surprise Step

WASHINGTON — Leon E. Panetta, a former congressman and White House chief of staff, has been selected by President-elect Barack Obama to head the Central Intelligence Agency. The choice, disclosed Monday by Democratic officials, immediately revealed divisions in the party as two senior lawmakers questioned why Mr. Obama would nominate a candidate with limited experience in intelligence matters.

  • Next Senate intelligence chairwoman says she wasn’t told Panetta was picked
  • Sen. Feinstein: CIA best served by “an intelligence professional in charge”
  • Panetta is Barack Obama’s choice for CIA director, two Democratic officials say

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