Stories tagged with CIA

Pompeo chosen to head CIA

By Muckety   |   November 18, 2016 at 10:06am   |   0 Comments

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Kansas Republican active in the Tea Party movement, has been chosen by Donald Trump as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Drones, Defense and the CIA

By Laurie Bennett   |   February 13, 2013 at 7:41am   |   0 Comments

A question that hasn’t publicly been asked of President Obama’s nominees for Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency could be one of the most important in months to come.

Government surveillance impinges on left and right

By Laurie Bennett   |   December 30, 2012 at 6:50am   |   0 Comments

David Petraeus and Occupy Wall Street may seem unlikely bedfellows.

The widening Petraeus scandal

By Laurie Bennett   |   November 13, 2012 at 7:55am   |   2 Comments

The developing story of the Petraeus scandal can be framed as the mapping of a heretofore secret social network.

Petraeus resigns as CIA director

By Muckety   |   November 9, 2012 at 2:58pm   |   0 Comments

David H. Petraeus has stepped down as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

Two out of three Krongards continue corporate activities

By Laurie Bennett   |   December 30, 2011 at 10:22am   |   0 Comments

The last time we wrote about former CIA Executive Director A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard was in 2007, when he quit the advisory board of Blackwater Worldwide.

The domino effect of the Gates retirement

By Laurie Bennett   |   June 30, 2011 at 9:21am   |   0 Comments

President Obama says farewell today to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

Petraeus and Panetta in line for new jobs

By Laurie Bennett   |   April 27, 2011 at 9:36am   |   0 Comments

The reported rearrangement of top security jobs in the Obama administration would further tighten an already tight-knit group with extensive experience in Middle East conflicts.

CIA veteran John Brennan is back in the fray

By A. James Memmott   |   January 5, 2010 at 7:16am   |   0 Comments

John O. Brennan took to the talk shows on Sunday, defending and explaining the Obama administration’s record on counterterrorism.

Jami Miscik comes in from the cold

By A. James Memmott   |   November 19, 2008 at 8:32am   |   0 Comments

As any reader of suspense novels knows, it’s hard to keep good spies down. Punish them, banish them, take away their trench coats, they, nonetheless survive.

Julia Child dished secrets before she made sauces

By Emily Morgan   |   August 14, 2008 at 5:31pm   |   0 Comments

The late Julia Child mastered the art of French cooking, but that wasn’t the extent of her foreign involvement. The legendary chef is one of several high-profile figures who were involved with the undercover World War II intelligence agency, called the Office of Strategic Services.

Wolfowitz is back, as arms control adviser

By Laurie Bennett   |   January 25, 2008 at 10:02am   |   0 Comments

Paul Wolfowitz is never jobless for long.

The State Department announced yesterday that the former World Bank president will chair its International Security Advisory Board. He succeeds former Sen. Fred Thompson, who resigned last summer to launch his short-lived presidential campaign.

Alvin Krongard quits Blackwater board

By Laurie Bennett   |   November 16, 2007 at 8:54pm   |   0 Comments

The Blackwater web is more tangled than even its main investigator realized.

Howard “Cookie” Krongard, State Department inspector general, recused himself this week from the ongoing probe of Blackwater Worldwide after learning that his brother sits on the company’s advisory board.

When questioned Wednesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Krongard at first said his brother did not hold the position.

Blackwater’s Cofer Black stays in the shadows

By Laurie Bennett   |   October 17, 2007 at 7:02am   |   0 Comments

While CEO Erik Prince has been the public face of Blackwater USA during recent weeks of intense government and media scrutiny, the often outspoken Cofer Black, company vice chairman, has kept out of the limelight.

Black, one of the nation's eminent authorities on combatting terrorism, is deeply involved in the network of Blackwater-related companies. He also serves as chairman of Total Intelligence Solutions and is CEO of Black Group, LLC.

With more than 30 years of service in the Central Intelligence Agency, Black is known as a superspy. He helped catch the international terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as "Carlos the Jackal" and in 1999, was named head of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center.

In-Q-Tel provides view of future security operations

By Laurie Bennett   |   October 8, 2007 at 10:55am   |   1 Comments

If you want insight into the federal government’s vision of safeguarding America in the future, take a look at the investment portfolio of In-Q-Tel, the venture arm of the CIA.

In-Q-Tel was formed in 1999 to provide capital to startup companies developing technologies that could be used for national security. It operates not as a division of the CIA, but as an independent nonprofit.

High on its list of priorities is finding new ways to analyze massive amounts of information. Many of In-Q-Tel’s portfolio companies provide technologies that gather and make sense of data. For example, Language Weaver provides automated language translation. NovoDynamics reads and translates text in Mideastern languages.

Blackwater’s protective web

By Laurie Bennett   |   September 22, 2007 at 7:05am   |   0 Comments

Blackwater USA, the State Department’s largest private security contractor, is under siege on several fronts.

Iraq’s state minister for national security affairs announced today that the firm would face criminal charges for the fatal shootings of Iraqi citizens. Blackwater, based in Moyock, N.C., is also under investigation on the home front.

But a tight web of political and business connections helps shield the company from the most formidable of attacks.

Scooter Libby - Knowing people in high places

By Muckety   |   July 3, 2007 at 6:14pm   |   0 Comments

I. Lewis Libby Jr., convicted of perjury in the CIA leak case, appreciates better than most the importance of muckety.

His 30-month prison sentence was commuted yesterday by President Bush, who said he believed the term was excessive. Bush’s action was hailed by conservatives, who had organized a defense fund called the Libby Legal Defense Trust. Likely presidential candidate Fred Thompson was among the fundraisers.

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