Steven Lee Myers


Myers, Steven Lee. "Chinese Embassy Bombing: A Wide Net of Blame." New York Times, 17 Apr. 2000. []

This is a lengthy investigative report on the circumstances surrounding targeting issues in the NATO war against Yugoslavia. "In an attempt to unravel what really happened, spurred in part by articles in two European newspapers suggesting that the bombing had been deliberate, The New York Times interviewed more than 30 officials in Washington and in Europe."

The "investigation produced no evidence that the bombing of the embassy had been a deliberate act." It did, however, provide "a detailed account of a broader set of missteps than the United States or NATO have acknowledged, and a wider circle of blame than the government's explanation of a simple error of judgment by a few people at the C.I.A.... The bombing resulted from error piled upon incompetence piled upon bad judgment in a variety of places -- from a frantic rush to approve targets to questionable reliance on inexpert officers to an inexplicable failure to consult the people who might have averted disaster, according to the officials."


Myers, Steven Lee. "Experienced Player and Policy Expert: Anthony Lake." New York Times, 6 Dec. 1996, A16 (N).

The DCI-designate began his government service with the State Department in 1962, but resigned in 1970 to protest the invasion of Cambodia. He returned in the Carter administration as director of the Office of Policy Planning. He has served four years as Clinton's National Security Adviser.

Myers, Steven Lee. "Former Chief of C.I.A. Is Stripped of Right to Classified Information." New York Times, 21 Aug. 1999. []

The CIA announced on 20 August 1999 that the security clearance of former DCI John M. Deutch had been "suspended." The Agency concluded that Deutch "had improperly handled national secrets on a desktop computer at his home." See also, Vernon Loeb, "Deutch's CIA Clearance Suspended," Washington Post, 21 Aug. 1999, A2.

[CIA/90s/99/Gen; CIA/DCIs/Deutch]

Myers, Steven Lee. "Former C.I.A. Director Left Secrets Open to Theft, Agency Investigator Says." New York Times, 23 Feb. 2000. []

According to a report by the CIA's Inspector General released on 22 February 2000, investigators accessing home computers used by former DCI John M. Deutch "found 42 secret documents and fragments of 32 others and could not rule out the possibility that some of the information may have been stolen by hackers." The report, "an unclassified version of a longer report given to Congress last year," was released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Click for text of the unclassified version of the IG's report.


Myers, Steven Lee. "In One of Few Problems, Link to Spy Satellite Fails." New York Times, 2 Jan. 2000. []

A computer system at a NRO ground station failed at midnight Greenwich Mean Time on 1 January 2000. The failure "cut communications with one of the nation's secret spy satellites for two to three hours on [31 December 1999] and continued to hobble its operations [on 1 January 2000], Pentagon officials said.... The satellite continued to operate normally, but the disruption made it impossible to process the information it was transmitting back to earth, the officials said. No other satellites were affected."


Myers, Steven Lee. "Panel on Cole Attack Urges Increased Spending on Intelligence." New York Times, 10 Jan. 2001. []

In a report released at the Pentagon on 9 January 2001, the commission "created by Defense Secretary William S. Cohen in the wake of the Cole attack[] recommended a series of steps to tighten security for American forces around the world.... Among them are increasing spending on intelligence, assigning security experts to traveling ships and making training against terrorism as high a priority as training for combat."


Myers, Steven Lee. "U.S. to Aid Iraqi Opposition to Develop a Military Cadre." New York Times, 28 Oct. 1999. []

According to senior U.S. officials, the Clinton Administration "has authorized the first direct military training for opponents of President Saddam Hussein of Iraq.... [F]our Iraqi rebel leaders, including two former officers in Iraq's armed forces, will attend a 10-day training course at the Air Force's special-operations headquarters in Florida, where American officials will school them on how to organize a military in an emerging state."


Myers, Steven Lee, David E. Sanger, and Eric Schmitt. "U.S. Considers New Covert Push Within Pakistan." New York Times, 6 Jan. 2008. []

According to senior administration officials, "Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a number of President Bush's top national security advisers" met on 4 January 2008 to discuss "whether to expand the authority of the Central Intelligence Agency and the military to conduct far more aggressive covert operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan." Options include "loosening restrictions on the C.I.A. to strike selected targets in Pakistan.... Most counterterrorism operations in Pakistan have been conducted by the C.I.A.; in Afghanistan, where military operations are under way, including some with NATO forces, the military can take the lead."

[CA/00s; CIA/00s/08; Terrorism/00s/08]

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