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Could some of the Benghazi victims have been saved?

The Associated Press is reporting that senior military leaders told Congress in a closed door session that two of the four U.S. deaths in Benghazi might have been prevented. Military leaders say if commanders had known more about the intensity of the gunfire directed at the CIA facility where Americans had taken refuge, they could have taken action. AP reports they thought the fighting had subsided and the Americans who had fled to the CIA base about a mile away were safe.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , Benghazi ,

Monday - 07/14/2014, 09:13am EDT

CIA disciplines employees

The Associated Press reports it has obtained a document indicating 15 CIA employees were disciplined for committing sexual, racial or other types of harassment last year. That included a supervisor who was removed from the job after engaging in bullying and hostile behavior, as well as an operative who was sent home from an overseas post for inappropriately touching female colleagues. The agency says there is zero tolerance for that type of behavior in the agency's workforce.

Tags: harassment , disciplinary action

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 12:20pm EDT

CIA disciplines 15 officers in harassment cases

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 07:10pm EDT

CIA prison documents to be turned over

Prosecutors must turn over details about the time Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, a Guantanamo Bay detainee, spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. That was a military judge's order in the case on Tuesday. Defense attorneys representing Nashiri had sought the order. He's accused of master-minding the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing of the Cole in which 17 U.S. sailors were killed and 42 were injured.

Tags: Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri , Guantanamo Bay , CIA prisons , USS Cole , Yemen , bombing ,

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:04am EDT

CIA clarifies Brennan's Ukraine visit

With all the misinformation flying around about what's happening in Ukraine, the CIA is disconnecting Director John Brennan's weekend visit to Kiev from the crackdown in eastern Ukraine. "The claim that Director Brennan encouraged Ukrainian authorities to conduct tactical operations inside Ukraine is completely false. Like other senior U.S. officials, Director Brennan strongly believes that a diplomatic solution is the only way to resolve the crisis between Russia and Ukraine," said a CIA spokesperson in a statement.

Tags: Ukraine , John Brennan , Kiev , Russia , diplomacy

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 08:41am EDT

Jeremy Herb, Staff Writer, The Hill

The Senate Intelligence Committee will vote on whether to release key parts of its investigation into CIA interrogation tactics. A vote to publish the materials could worsen relations between the panel and the agency and force President Barack Obama to intervene. Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Jeremy Herb, staff writer at The Hill newspaper, about what comes next.

Tags: Jeremy Herb , The Hill , Senate , interrogation techniques , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 01:52pm EDT
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Former CIA probers urge new investigative panel

F.A.O. Schwarz Jr., former chief counsel for the Church Commission, and more than a dozen former congressional aides urged Congress to appoint a special panel to examine the secretive operations of the CIA and the National Security Agency and their impact on Americans' civil liberties.

Tags: NSA , Intelligence community , Diane Feinstein , FAO Schwarz Jr , Jane Harman , John Brennan , security breach

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 01:38am EDT

White House pressed to fix 'broken' declassification system

The Public Interest Declassification Board wants high-level attention to address ever-increasing shortcomings in the way agencies classify and declassify documents. The system is considered by many broken and now is being inundated by electronic records. The National Declassification Center has completed equity referral quality assurance on 278 million pages, and completed all processing of more than 118 million pages of this backlog.

Tags: management , records management , NARA , David Ferriero , Nancy Soderberg , Marty Faga , Michael Dobbs , National Declassification Center , Public Interest Declassification Board , White House , Lisa Monaco , Joseph Lambert , John Powers , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/22/2013, 03:48am EST

Intel Community offers first glimpse of future IT tools, network

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the lead agencies under the IC IT Enterprise program launched a standard desktop, a secure community cloud and an apps store in mid-August. Al Tarasiuk, the assistant DNI and intelligence community chief information officer, said the key to this effort was having an ICwide agreed-upon security architecture and policies.

Tags: ODNI , technology , NSA , NGA , DIA , Al Tarasiuk , cloud computing , cybersecurity , ICITE , information sharing , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 09:00am EDT
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