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New York Times. "[Editorial:] The Senate Report." 10 Jul 2004. []

"[W]hat comes through [in the SSCI report] is thoroughly damning. Put simply, the Bush administration's intelligence analysts cooked the books to give Congress and the public the impression that Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons and was developing nuclear arms, that he was plotting to give such weapons to terrorists, and that he was an imminent threat. These assertions formed the basis of Mr. Bush's justifications for war. But the report said that they were wrong and were not a true picture of the intelligence, and that the intelligence itself was not worth much."


New York Times Special Report on the Iranian Coup of 1953, 16 Apr. 2000.

For period photos, excerpts of the CIA history in PDF format, and timelines with links to contemporaneous New York Times stories, see:

Risen, James. "Secrets of History: The CIA in Iran." New York Times, 16 Apr. 2000.

This is author's brief lead-in to his main story.

Risen, James. "How a Plot Convulsed Iran in '53 (and in '79)." New York Times, 16 Apr. 2000.

The New York Times has "obtained" a copy of the CIA's secret history of the 1953 Iranian coup. The history was written in March 1954 by Dr. Donald N. Wilber, "the C.I.A.'s chief coup planner," and "was provided ... by a former official who kept a copy." The still-classified document "discloses the pivotal role British intelligence officials played in initiating and planning the coup, and it shows that Washington and London shared an interest in maintaining the West's control over Iranian oil....

"The history says agency officers orchestrating the Iran coup worked directly with royalist Iranian military officers, handpicked the prime minister's replacement, sent a stream of envoys to bolster the shah's courage, directed a campaign of bombings by Iranians posing as members of the Communist Party, and planted articles and editorial cartoons in newspapers."

Risen, James. "C.I.A. Tried, With Little Success, to Use U.S. Press in Coup." New York Times, 16 Apr. 2000.

"The C.I.A.'s history of the coup shows that its operatives had only limited success in manipulating American reporters and that none of the Americans covering the coup worked for the agency."

Sciolino, Elaine. "Mohammed Mossadegh: Eccentric Nationalist Begets Strange History." New York Times, 16 Apr. 2000.

Lead sentences like the following make me nervous as to the author's understanding of the material being presented: "Except for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, father of its revolution, no leader has left a deeper mark on Iran's 20th century landscape than Mohammed Mossadegh."

New York Times. "Donald Wilber: 'Gentleman Spy' at Helm." 16 Apr. 2000.

"Donald Wilber ... was old-school C.I.A., a Princetonian and a Middle East architecture expert who fit neatly into the mold of the 'gentleman spy.'" Wilber died in 1997 at the age of 89.


New York Times. "[Editorial:] Spies for Peace." 28 Oct. 1998. [http://www.nytimes. com]

"The C.I.A. has long mixed action and analysis, often with disastrous results. That need not be the case this time, but the Clinton Administration and Congress must be mindful of the agency's history as they review the plans for the Middle East.... Because C.I.A. political and security operations are usually conducted at the request of the White House, the temptation can be great to tailor intelligence assessments to fit policy goals.... President Clinton has made an extraordinary and appropriate commitment of American resources to help bring peace to [the Middle East]. If the C.I.A. is careful about avoiding past mistakes, it can make an important contribution."


New York Times. "Spooked Over Intelligence Cuts." 18 Mar. 1993, A22 (N).


New York Times. "[Editorial:] The Spy Agency That Lost $2 Billion." 1 Feb. 1996, A14 (N).

New York Times. "[Editorial:] Spying on Americans." 2 May 2007. []

President Bush "has submitted a bill that would enact enormous, and enormously dangerous, changes to the 1978 law on eavesdropping. It would undermine the fundamental constitutional principle ... that the government must seek an individual warrant before spying on an American or someone living here legally." DNI Michael McConnell said on 1 May 2007 "that the evidence of what is wrong with FISA was too secret to share with all Americans. That's an all-too-familiar dodge.... The measure would not update FISA; it would gut it.... This is a dishonest measure, dishonestly presented, and Congress should reject it."


New York Times. "[Editorial:] Start the Hearings on Mr. Lake." 13 Feb. 1997, A16 (N).


New York Times. "U.S. Gives Cold-War Spy Files to Germany." 6 Apr. 2000. [http://]

According to a German government spokesman on 5 April 2000, the CIA "has handed over the first of a large cache of East German files listing intelligence agents and their code names."

Tony Czuczka, "Former Spy Files Returned to Germany," Associated Press, 5 Apr. 2000, reports that German government spokesman Uwe-Karsten Heye said that "the first CD-ROM arrived at Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's office [on 31 March 2000]. It was still sealed and had not yet been analyzed, he said. Some 1,000 further discs are to follow over the next 1 1/2 years."


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