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Associated Press. "Israel, U.S. Blamed In '67 Spy Ship Attack." 13 Jan. 2004, A13. []

On 12 January 2004, the State Department held a conference on the 1967 Six-Day War to mark the occasion of the release of historical documents about the war. According to a State Department official, a review of the documents has led to the conclusion that "Israel's attack on the U.S. spy ship Liberty ... was an act of Israeli negligence. The United States also was negligent ... for failing to notify Israel that the electronic intelligence-gathering ship was cruising international waters off the Egyptian coast and for failing to withdraw the Liberty from the war zone." See also, Elise Labott, "U.S.: Israel Was Negligent in 1967 Ship Attack," CNN, 13 Jan. 2004.


Associated Press. "Italy Replaces Intelligence Chief." 20 Nov. 2006. []

On 20 November 2006, following a special Cabinet meeting, SISMI (Italian military intelligence) Director Nicolo Pollari "was replaced..., along with the heads of the civilian intelligence agency and the agency that coordinates the country's intelligence services." Pollari has been under investigation for collaborating with the CIA in the alleged abduction" of Egyptian Muslim cleric Abu Omar in Milan in 2003.

"Replacing Pollari is Admiral Bruno Branciforte, a fleet commander and former head of navy intelligence.... Gen. Mario Mori, an officer from Carabinieri paramilitary police, was replaced at the helm of the civilian intelligence agency, SISDE, by Franco Gabrielli, a top anti-terrorism police official. Gen. Giuseppe Cucchi ... replaced government official Emilio Del Mese at the co[o]rdinating body CESIS."


Associated Press. "Japan Postpones Launch of Spy Satellite." 25 Aug. 2005. []

According to Kyodo News agency on 25 August 2005, Japan will "postpone the launch of a third spy satellite from the current fiscal year to fiscal 2006." The delay is caused by "a problem with computer chips currently in use[,] and at least six months are needed to replace them and test new ones."


Associated Press. "Judge Criticizes Australian Spy Agency." 12 Nov. 2007. []

On 12 November 2007, New South Wales state Supreme Court judge Michael Adams accused ASIO "of falsely imprisoning a Pakistani-born Australian citizen who faced terrorism-related charges that were later dropped."


Associated Press. "Judge Rules Agent Can Sue CIA." 15 Jan. 2007. []

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled on 12 January 2007 that a CIA employee who was fired in September 2004 and who had "collected prewar intelligence that Iraq was not developing weapons of mass destruction, can continue with a lawsuit challenging his dismissal." The decision was on technical grounds; the judge "did not rule on the covert agent's contention that he was fired because he refused to alter intelligence that contradicted Bush administration policies."


Associated Press. "Judge Rules against CIA Whistle-blower Who Wrote Book without Agency’s Permission." 20 Apr. 2012. []

On 19 April 2012, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in Alexandria, VA, ruled that a former CIA officer whose book, The Human Factor: Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture, was published in July 2008 under the pseudonym "Ishmael Jones" "will have to forfeit any future money he earns" from the book. The judge "also barred Jones from publishing anything in the future without the CIA's blessing."


Associated Press. "Michigander Picked to Lead Intelligence Panel." Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2004, A11. []

On 25 August 2004, six-term congressman Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) was picked to head the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Hoekstra has served on the committee since 2001.


Associated Press. "Mitterrand Role Alleged in Greenpeace Incident." 11 Jul. 2005. []

On 10 June 2005, "the daily Le Monde published extracts of a 23-page, handwritten account by Adm. Pierre Lacoste, former head of the DGSE spy agency, in which he says [the late President Francois] Mitterrand authorized the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland's port.... The newspaper said that Lacoste prepared the report a year after the bombing and that it had remained secret since."


Associated Press. "More F.B.I. Workers Fired as Inquiries Rise." 8 Aug. 1999. []

"The number of F.B.I. employees fired for misconduct rose to 32 from 19 between 1997 and 1998," the bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility reported in its annual report, released on 6 August 1999. The report "also said 301 employees received discipline ranging from oral reprimands to dismissal in 1998, compared with 212 the previous year." The report noted "an increase in the number of ... internal investigations and the speed with which they were completed."


Associated Press. "Navy Commissions Super-Spy Submarine." Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2005, A15. []

On 19 February 2005, "[t]he USS Jimmy Carter entered the Navy's fleet ... as the most heavily armed submarine ever built and as the last of the Seawolf class of attack subs." Analysts say that the "100-foot hull extension to the Jimmy Carter equips it to replace the USS Parche, one of the fleet's premier spy subs."


Associated Press. "New US Military Satellite Launched into Space, Will Keep Watch Over Missiles, Battlefields." 7 May 2011. []

An Atlas 5 rocket launched 7 May 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station "carried the Space-Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite."


Associated Press. "NYC Judge Rejects Release of CIA Materials to ACLU." 15 Jul. 2010. []

On 15 July 2010, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein "refused to force the public release of CIA methods relating to Sept. 11 detainees who were interrogated harshly, saying the judiciary's authority is limited when national security is at stake."


Associated Press. "Officials Say Iraq Pullout Hurt US Spying." 26 Jun. 2014. []

Current and former officials say that in Iraq "CIA officers have been largely hunkered down in their heavily fortified Baghdad compound since U.S. troops left the country in 2011,... allowing a once-rich network of intelligence sources to wither."

[CIA/10s/14; MI/Ops/Iraq/10s/14]

Associated Press. "Panetta Confirmed." 13 Feb. 2009. []

On 12 February 2009, the U.S. Senate "confirmed Leon Panetta as director of the CIA.... During two days of confirmation hearings last week, Panetta told senators that the Obama administration would not prosecute CIA officers who participated in harsh interrogations, even if the tactics constituted torture, as long as they did not go beyond their instructions."

[CIA/00s/09; CIA/DCIAs/Panetta]

Associated Press. "Porter Goss Sworn in as CIA Chief." 24 Sep. 2004. []

On 24 September 2004, Porter Goss was sworn in as DCI.


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