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  • Judicial Watch Obtains New CIA Documents on Terrorist Interrogations

    11/08/2009 8:09:38 PM PST · by ConfidentConservative · 18 replies · 1,063+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | Nov 3, 2009 | Judicial Watch
    These new reports, dated June 1, 2005 and July 12, 2005, contain some different information than the previously released report, dated June 3, 2005. Notably, the June 1, 2005 report concludes that "Detainee reporting accounts for more than half of all HUMINT reporting on al-Qa'ida since the program began..." This fact is missing from the other two later reports..... .....n March 31, 2009, Vice President Cheney personally issued a request to the National Archives Presidential Libraries section for declassification review of the June 1, 2005 and another detainee program report. The Archives then passed on the request to the CIA...
  • Cheney Accuses Obama of 'Libel' Against CIA Interrogators

    10/21/2009 5:48:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 148 replies · 6,144+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | Amanda Carpenter
    Maintaining his stature as one of the most forceful defenders of the Bush Administration's defense policies former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Obama of committing "libel" against CIA interrorgators on Wednesday. Mr. Cheney’s criticized the Obama White House in a wide-ranging address on foreign policy matters for abandoning commitments to allies in Poland and the Czech Republic in favor of the Russians, sacrificing American intelligence officials to satisfy the political left and "dithering" on taking action in Afghanistan, among other things. The speech, delivered to the Center for Security Policy, comes as the White House considers U.S. Commander of...
  • New York Federal Judge Denies Request For CIA Secret Documents

    10/17/2009 8:38:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 1,338+ views
    Global Security ^ | 10/01/2009 | Carolyn Weaver
    A U.S. federal judge has ruled that hundreds of documents detailing the Central Intelligence Agency's now-shuttered overseas secret detention program of suspected terrorists, including extreme interrogation methods, may be kept secret. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein on Wednesday refused to release documents describing Central Intelligence Agency terror interrogations, and the names of detainees or CIA contractors involved in the secret rendition program. He said he would defer to the CIA's judgment on the need to keep the papers secret in order to protect intelligence methods and sources. The American Civil Liberties Union had asked for the release of 580...
  • NY judge: CIA can keep 9/11 videotape info secret

    09/30/2009 6:45:26 PM PDT · by John W · 5 replies · 1,001+ views
    AP ^ | September 30, 2009 | Larry Neumeister
    NEW YORK — A judge cited national security concerns in ruling Wednesday that the CIA does not have to release hundreds of documents related to the destruction of videotapes of Sept. 11 detainee interrogations that used harsh methods. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said he believed he had an obligation to let the CIA director decide what should be released when it pertains to methods used to make uncooperative detainees divulge information. "The need to keep confidential just how the CIA and other government agencies obtained their information is manifest, and that has to do with the identities of...
  • US Senate Republicans bail from interrogation probe

    09/25/2009 3:33:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 2,323+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/25/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Senate Republicans on Friday pulled out of a bipartisan investigation into controversial "war on terror" detentions and interrogations, including tactics widely condemned as torture. The move by the opposition party dealt a sharp blow to the Senate Intelligence Committee's efforts to find out exactly what methods were used when and whether they paid off -- without prosecuting witnesses or agents thought to have committed abuses. Senator Kit Bond, the panel's top Republican, blamed Attorney General Eric Holder's investigation into alleged CIA abuse of detainees, which he said made it impossible for current or former CIA officials...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Top Republican pulls out of intelligence investigation

    09/25/2009 12:08:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 1,285+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2009 | Kara Rowland
    The top Republican on the Senate intelligence committee has pulled out of the panel's bipartisan review of Bush-era terrorist interrogation techniques, saying Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s criminal investigation into the CIA undermines the committee's ability to interview witnesses. "Had Mr. Holder honored the pledge made by the president to look forward, not backwards, we would still be active participants in the committee's review," said Sen. Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, the panel's vice chairman. "Instead, DOJ sent a loud and clear message that previous decisions to decline prosecution mean nothing and old criminal charges can be brought anytime...
  • Obama: No Plans to Ask Justice to Drop CIA Interrogation Probe

    09/20/2009 10:26:30 AM PDT · by broken_arrow1 · 73 replies · 3,365+ views ^ | 09-20-2009 | FoxNews
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama says he has no plans to ask the Justice Department to end its criminal investigation into the harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists during the Bush administration. Seven former CIA directors have asked the president to do just that. In a letter to Obama on Friday, they warned that the probe could discourage CIA officers from doing the kind of aggressive intelligence work needed to fight terrorism. Obama tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that he appreciates that the former CIA chiefs are wanting "to look after an institution that they helped to build." Obama says he wants...
  • Obama: No Plans to Ask Justice to Drop CIA Interrogation Probe

    09/20/2009 6:52:59 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 28 replies · 1,982+ views
    Fox News / Poliitics ^ | 9/20/2009 | AP writer
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama says he has no plans to ask the Justice Department to end its criminal investigation into the harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists during the Bush administration. Seven former CIA directors have asked the president to do just that. In a letter to Obama on Friday, they warned that the probe could discourage CIA officers from doing the kind of aggressive intelligence work needed to fight terrorism. Obama tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that he appreciates that the former CIA chiefs are wanting "to look after an institution that they helped to build."
  • Holder throwing in the towel on CIA investigation?

    09/19/2009 10:17:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies · 2,261+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 19, 2009 | Clarice Feldman
    Tom Maguire, citing the Washington Post, reports that AG Eric Holder seems to be winding down the much ballyhooed and widely criticized decision to investigate the CIA interrogators: The WaPo reports that, having finished with the grandstanding and puffery, Attorney General Eric Holder's investigation into the already-investigated detainee abuse cases is narrowing and winding down. Beyond the obvious problems - in addition to demoralizing the CIA they are investigating the foot soldiers, not the generals who ordered the policy - it turns out that technicalities of law, jurisdiction and evidence make prosecutions and convictions difficult.  That is hardly a surprise to...
  • C.I.A. Chiefs Ask Obama to Stop Abuse Inquiry

    09/19/2009 8:47:51 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 14 replies · 768+ views
    nytimes ^ | Today | PETER BAKER
    C.I.A. Chiefs Ask Obama to Stop Abuse Inquiry WASHINGTON — Seven former directors of the Central Intelligence Agency asked President Obama on Friday to shut down the new Justice Department inquiry into past abuses during interrogations of terrorism suspects, arguing that it “will seriously damage” the nation’s ability to protect itself. In a letter to Mr. Obama, the former C.I.A. chiefs said the cases under study had already been examined by career prosecutors who found that no criminal charges were warranted. To reopen cases based on a change in which political party controls the government, they wrote, will make it...
  • Former CIA Directors Urge Torture Prosecution Reversal

    09/18/2009 11:18:49 AM PDT · by delacoert · 17 replies · 2,040+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Sep 18 2009 | Marc Ambinder
    The Justice Department investigation into CIA torture allegations may have already jeopardized American intelligence capabilities, seven former CIA directors told President Obama have claimed. In a letter, the spy chiefs urge him to reverse Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to re-review case files of a dozen interrogations for possible criminal prosecution. Letter to President Obama from Former DCIs and DCIAs.
  • Seven Former CIA Directors Tell Obama--> STOP the Holder CIA Inquisition

    09/18/2009 1:22:17 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 582+ views
    Fox News / The Lid ^ | 9/18/09 | The Lid
    "Elections have their consequences." In countries without the democratic tradition of America, those consequences may include putting the former leaders in jail, or worse. But that has never been the tradition in the US. The history of America has been that those consequences have been political, a change in policy, appointment of advisers who were hated by the old regime, etc. But has not been the Obama way. Since his election, Obama and his team have attempted to appease their political left by publicly denouncing the Bush Administration's national security policies which kept us safe, even as they claimed Obama...
  • Former CIA chiefs seek halt to interrogation probe

    09/18/2009 11:01:18 AM PDT · by delacoert · 26 replies · 2,351+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | September 18, 2009
    WASHINGTON — Seven former CIA directors are asking President Barack Obama to quash Attorney GeneralEric Holder's investigation into harsh CIA interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration. The request came in a letter Friday from CIA directors who served both Democratic and Republican presidents, including three who served former President George W. Bush. Holder announced in August that he was appointing an independent counsel to investigate incidents of potential abuse that were reported by the CIA inspector general to the Justice Department.
  • RAW DATA: Letter by Former CIA Directors to President Obama (Stop Holder's Investigation)

    09/18/2009 12:56:23 PM PDT · by elizabethgrace · 73 replies · 1,704+ views
    FoxNews ^ | September 18, 2009 | FoxNews
    Seven former heads of the CIA wrote President Obama on Friday to ask him to end an investigation launched by former Attorney General Eric Holder into the actions of CIA interrogators who used "enhanced" techniques to question terror detainees.
  • Could George W. Bush end up behind bars?

    09/04/2009 3:02:28 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 454 replies · 15,858+ views ^ | 09/04/09 | Staff
    (CNN) -- Could George W. Bush or some of his top aides end up behind bars? It's extremely unlikely, but the Obama administration is taking its first steps along a path that could lead in that direction, with the investigation of Central Intelligence Agency interrogators involved in the war on terror. "You don't know where these things are going to end up," former CIA agent Peter Brookes told me. "They could go to very high levels in the government." The probe will focus on whether interrogators exceeded their instructions and broke the law when, for example, they choked a prisoner...
  • CIA Asks Justice Dept. to Probe Leaks

    09/03/2009 9:29:40 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 42 replies · 1,187+ views
    Besieged by leaks of several closely held secrets, the CIA has asked the Justice Department to examine what it regards as the criminal disclosure of a secret program to kill foreign terrorist leaders abroad, The Washington Times has learned. Two U.S. intelligence officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because of the sensitivity of the case, said the leak investigation involved a program that CIA Director Leon E. Panetta told Congress about in June and that surfaced in news reports just a month later. The vice chairman of the the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declined...
  • Helen Thomas: "Cheney Opposes Inquiry Into CIA Torture" [WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES]

    09/02/2009 4:08:34 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 60 replies · 3,432+ views ^ | 2 Sep 09 | Helen "Hezbollah Point of View" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- It’s no surprise that former Vice President Dick Cheney is opposed to the Justice Department’s decision to investigate the torture of prisoners during the Bush-Cheney administration. After all, Cheney has acknowledged that he was "aware" of waterboarding (simulated drowning) of detainees to get them to talk. It’s fair speculation that the orders for this method of torture came from on high. And in the Bush-Cheney administration, no one was higher than the vice president. Cheney has blasted Attorney General Eric Holder’s appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate abuse of prisoners. The duty fell to veteran Connecticut lawyer...
  • C.I.A. Declines to Release Documents on Interrogations

    09/01/2009 6:15:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 425+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/1/09 | MARK MAZZETTI
    WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency is refusing to make public hundreds of pages of internal documents about the agency’s defunct detention and interrogation program, saying such disclosures would jeopardize national security by revealing classified intelligence sources and operations. The C.I.A.’s argument to withhold the material, laid out Monday in a declaration to a federal court in New York, comes a week after the Obama administration declassified documents about abuses in the C.I.A.’s secret overseas prisons and the Justice Department began investigating the actions of C.I.A. operatives.
  • Documents say McCain OK'd CIA interrogation methods [McCain caught lying?]

    09/01/2009 3:46:15 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 2,350+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2009-09-01
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  • Ex-CIA Counter-Terrorism Expert: Obama and Holder 'At War' with Agency

    08/31/2009 6:07:22 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 33 replies · 1,485+ views
    News Max ^ | August 31, 2009 | Kent Clizbe
    In the early days and weeks after September 11, 2001, a small cadre of men (and a few women) with vast amounts of intelligence experience reported to the Langley, Virginia headquarters of the CIA. These unsung heroes were then dispatched across the globe to run operations against the Al-Qaeda conspirators who leveled the World Trade Center and struck the nerve center of the US military. The FBI, a domestic law enforcement agency, did not have the ability or skills needed to track down and strike the attackers overseas. The Pentagon, with F22s, nuclear aircraft carriers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and battalions...