The leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force is contributing to instability in Iraq and complicating the U.S. mission against terrorism with his command of some of the Iraqi forces battling Islamic State militants, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency said. Continue reading
Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the CIA, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable and close espionage gaps amid widespread concerns about the spy agency’s limited insights into a series of major global developments. Continue reading
In a 2006 speech to the nation, President Bush outlined the U.S.’s successes in capturing and questioning high-level terrorists involved with the 9/11 attacks. The president also lauded the contributions of intelligence officers in their quest to bring those responsible for the attacks to justice. But according to a Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation practices, some of the intelligence the president referenced was based on false information provided by the agency. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — From the early stages of the CIA’s coercive interrogations of terror detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved.
Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas gnawing at them, according to this week’s Senate intelligence committee report. Senior CIA medical officials helped the agency and the White House under President George W. Bush. Continue reading
Updated at 3:06 p.m. EST | CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday in response to the release of a Senate report on the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation tactics that some agency officers used “abhorrent” techniques and it was “unknowable” whether they produced any helpful intelligence from terrorism suspects.
WASHINGTON — For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate. Continue reading
The Senate voted to confirm John Brennan as director of the CIA after an intense confirmation hearing and filibuster over concern about the president’s power to order drone strikes on American citizens stateside. Scott Shane of The New York Times and Niels Lesniewski of Roll Call join Jeffrey Brown to discuss the confirmation. Continue reading
In other news Wednesday, a major winter storm hit the Mid-Atlantic area. Washington, D.C., was spared, while some areas of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland saw as much as a foot of snow. Also, a filibuster led by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over drone use stalled the confirmation of John Brennan to be director of the CIA. Continue reading
Torture techniques and targeted killings came up at the top of CIA director nominee John Brennan’s Senate confirmation hearing Thursday. “I never believe it’s better to kill a terrorist than detain him,” because of the information detainees could provide, he said. Continue reading
Judy Woodruff reports on President Obama’s nominations of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary and John Brennan for CIA director. Gwen Ifill talks to Jessica Tuchman Mathews of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Reuel Marc Gerecht of Foundation for Defense of Democracies about the president’s picks. Continue reading