CIA

Pelosi: Cheney ‘set tone’ for CIA torture of prisoners

Pelosi: Cheney ‘set tone’ for CIA torture of prisoners

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney “set a tone” for the interrogation and detention programs conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Pelosi said she believed Cheney, an influential figure in U.S. security policy under former President George […]

Report says torture useless in hunt for bin Ladin

Report says torture useless in hunt for bin Ladin

A hotly disputed Senate torture report concludes that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to congressional aides and outside experts familiar with the investigation. The CIA still disputes that conclusion. From the moment of bin Laden’s death almost three years ago in what […]

CIA-Senate spat raises concerns about oversight

CIA-Senate spat raises concerns about oversight

The government’s top intelligence lawyers on Wednesday renewed assurances that Congress is adequately monitoring U.S. surveillance programs. But it’s suddenly an awkward argument for the Obama administration, since the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee publicly accused the CIA of illegally monitoring its investigators as they carried out their oversight duties. Since disclosures about the […]

A widening rift between the Senate and CIA

A widening rift between the Senate and CIA

The standoff between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee at its core is a battle over who owns the official history of one of the darkest eras in American spying — the brutal interrogations of al-Qaida prisoners in “black site” prisons abroad. The rift has bared long-standing institutional failures and simmering tensions between the […]

CIA Director nominee flip-flops on agency torture

CIA Director nominee flip-flops on agency torture

John Brennan, now President Barack Obama’s nominee to be CIA director, sat quietly around a conference table at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va., during briefings about the capture and waterboarding of key al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah. Former and current U.S. intelligence officials who were part of those briefings say Brennan, then deputy executive director […]

CIA memo to destroy tapes had major omission

CIA memo to destroy tapes had major omission

When the CIA sent word in 2005 to destroy scores of videos showing waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics, there was an unusual omission in the carefully worded memo: the names of two agency lawyers. Once a CIA lawyer has weighed in on even a routine matter, officers rarely give an order without copying the […]

Death of a detainee at CIA hands

Death of a detainee at CIA hands

More than seven years ago, a suspected Afghan militant was brought to a dimly lit CIA compound northeast of the airport in Kabul. The CIA called it the Salt Pit. Inmates knew it as the dark prison. Inside a chilly cell, the man was shackled and left half-naked. He was found dead, exposed to the […]