Republicans say CIA torture brought down bin Laden

It took torture to find and kill Osama bin Laden

Republicans say CIA torture brought down bin Laden

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will soon release a report asserting the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques helped bring down Osama bin Laden and disrupt terrorist plots, the panel’s top Republican said on Sunday. “Information gleaned from these interrogations was in fact used to interrupt and disrupt terrorist plots, including some information […]

CIA suffers from too many intelligence gaps in Iraq

CIA suffers from too many intelligence gaps in Iraq

The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek ways to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the al-Qaida-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad’s government. The lack of clear intelligence appears to have shifted President Barack Obama’s immediate focus […]

Report on CIA torture overshadows Gitmo trials

Concerns about any "compromise of intelligence sources and methods" drives Pentagon's role

Report on CIA torture overshadows Gitmo trials

The Senate’s forthcoming report on the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The Obama administration is removing or censoring national security secrets in the Senate report, a declassification process that will involve the Pentagon […]

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

Pelosi said she believed Cheney, was proud of the CIA's actions

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

The CIA still disputes that conclusion

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

Congressional intelligence committees are expected to control government's secret activities

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

Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of intimidation and breaching its constitutional authority

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 […]

What happened to missing CIA contractor Levinson?

Levinson vanished after a March 2007 meeting with an admitted killer on Kish Island, an Iranian resort.

What happened to missing CIA contractor Levinson?

The Obama administration faced intensified pressure Friday to find former CIA contractor Robert Levinson — both from lawmakers and the Levinson family — nearly seven years after he disappeared in Iran during what now has been revealed as an unofficial spy mission. Levinson’s family urged the government “to step up and take care of one […]

‘Penny Lane:’ Another secret CIA operation at Gitmo

‘Penny Lane:’  Another secret CIA operation at Gitmo

A few hundred yards from the administrative offices of the Guantanamo Bay prison, hidden behind a ridge covered in thick scrub and cactus, sits a closely held secret. A dirt road winds its way to a clearing where eight small cottages sit in two rows of four. They have long been abandoned. The special detachment […]

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 […]