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Vice President Richard B. Cheney
Close observers of Cheney and those who have worked with him offer impressions of his personality, management style, exercise of power and interest in intelligence issues over the years.

George Tenet
Former CIA officials and others discuss the impact and legacy of one of the nation's longest-serving directors of central intelligence.

"The Dark Side"
Five days after 9/11, Vice President Cheney appeared on television and talked about fighting terrorism, stating: "…We have to work the dark side, if you will. Spend time in the shadows of the intelligence world. …" Here, intelligence officials and others offer thoughts on Cheney's use of that phrase, as well as the impact of 9/11 on the vice president.

Office Politics & Anecdotes
Excerpts from the interviews on the ways in which personality and politics shaped policy development and policy-making in the administration during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.

The CIA: History and Performance
A range of perspectives from CIA officials and other close observers of the agency on its six-decade history, successes and failures, and the challenges it now confronts.

The War in Afghanistan
CIA officials, operatives and others discuss why the Afghanistan campaign was a mixed success and the tensions that quickly surfaced between the military and CIA.

The 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE)
It analyzed prewar intelligence on Iraq's WMD programs and its key findings were soon proven wrong. CIA and other intelligence experts talk about the decision-making and politics that surrounded this flawed document.

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posted june 20, 2006

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