Eric Schmitt

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Schmitt, Eric. "Bush Selects General to Run Spy Agency." New York Times, 27 Sep., 2005.

On 26 September 2005, President Bush nominated Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Maples to be DIA director, "the first time in decades that someone who is not a career intelligence officer has been picked to lead the agency." Maples would succeed Vice Adm. Lowell E. Jacoby, "who is stepping down in November after heading the agency for more than three years."


Schmitt, Eric. "C.I.A. Holds Talks on '62 Cuban Crisis." New York Times, 20 Oct. 1992, A4 (N).


Schmitt, Eric. "C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition." New York Times, 21 Jun. 2012. []

According to U.S officials and Arab intelligence officers, "[a] small number of C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government.... The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria's Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the officials said."

[CIA/10s/12; OtherCountries/Syria]

Schmitt, Eric. "Clash Foreseen Between C.I.A. and Pentagon." New York Times, 10 May 2006. []

"President Bush's selection of Gen. Michael V. Hayden to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency sets the stage for new wrangling with the Pentagon, which is rapidly expanding its own global spying and terrorist-tracking operations, both long considered C.I.A. roles.... [I]n interviews,... officials from intelligence agencies, the Defense Department and Congress provided new details of what they described as a strong effort by the Pentagon to assert a much broader role in the clandestine world of intelligence.... This activity has stirred criticism from some lawmakers who express concern that the Pentagon is creating a parallel intelligence-gathering network independent from the C.I.A. or other American authorities, and one that encroaches on the C.I.A.'s realm....

"A central figure in how this debate plays out is [Stephen A.] Cambone,... who as undersecretary of defense for intelligence oversees 130 full-time employees and more than 100 contractors. His office's responsibilities include domestic counterintelligence, long-range threat planning and budgeting for new technologies. Mr. Cambone emphasized that his office did not collect or analyze intelligence itself; it oversees those who do, assessing the quality of what organizations like the N.S.A. and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency collect and analyze."

[CIA/00s/06; MI/00s/06]

Schmitt, Eric. "Congressional Pact Alters Energy Department to Protect Nuclear Secrets." New York Times, 6 Aug. 1999. []

"House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on [5 August 1999] on a significant revamping of the Department of Energy, establishing a new agency within the department to oversee nuclear weapons programs in response to accusations of Chinese espionage."


Schmitt, Eric. "Drones in Niger Reflect New U.S. Tack on Terrorism." New York Times, 10 Jul. 2013. []

Unarmed American drones fly from a secluded military airfield in Niamey, Niger, on surveillance missions "to track fighters affiliated with Al Qaeda and other militants in neighboring Mali." There are two MQ-9 Reapers and "about 120 members of the Air Force" based here. The activity "is part of a new model for counterterrorism, a strategy designed to help local forces -- and in this case a European ally -- fight militants so American troops do not have to."

[Recon/UACs/10s; Terrorism/10s/13]

Schmitt, Eric. "Elite Military Forces Are Denied in Bid for Expansion." New York Times, 4 Jun. 2012. []

In late April, the Special Operations Command "presented the State Department and Congress with an urgent request for new authority to train and equip security forces in places like Yemen and Kenya. The request ... was the latest effort by the command's top officer, Adm. William H. McRaven, to make it easier for his elite forces to respond faster to emerging threats and better enable allies to counter the same dangers.... But in a rare rebuke to the admiral and his command, powerful House and Senate officials as well as the State Department, and ultimately the deputy cabinet-level aides who met at the White House on the issue on May 7, rejected the changes."


Schmitt, Eric. "F.B.I. Agents' Role Is Transformed by Terror Fight." New York Times, 19 Aug. 2009. []

The author spent two days with a 21-member FBI threat squad, known as Counterterrorism 6, or CT-6, based out of Norwalk, CA. The FBI "now ranks fighting terrorism as its No. 1 priority. It has doubled the number of agents assigned to counterterrorism duties to roughly 5,000 people, and has created new squads across the country that focus more on deterring and disrupting terrorism than on solving crimes. But the manpower costs of this focus are steep, and the benefits not always clear.... The threat squad here is just one part of the F.B.I.'s sprawling Los Angeles field office. About 30 percent of the office's 750 agents work on terrorism cases, including Al Qaeda, Hamas, terrorism financing and animal rights extremists."

[FBI/00s/09; Terrorism/00s/09]

Schmitt, Eric. "F.B.I. Employees With Ties Abroad See Security Bias." New York Times, 3 Jan. 2015, A1. []

"The F.B.I. is subjecting hundreds of its employees who were born overseas or have relatives or friends there to an aggressive internal surveillance program that started after Sept. 11, 2001,... but that has been greatly expanded since then.... Employees in the program -- called the Post-Adjudication Risk Management plan, or PARM -- face more frequent security interviews, polygraph tests, scrutiny of personal travel, and reviews of .... electronic communications and files downloaded from databases. Some of these employees, including Middle Eastern and Asian personnel..., say they are being penalized for possessing the very skills and background that got them hired."


Schmitt, Eric. "Human Error: Aim, Not Arms, at the Root of Mistaken Strike on Embassy." New York Times, 10 May 1999. []

Bombs from a B-2 bomber struck the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade on 7 May 1999 "because C.I.A. analysts misidentified the building, and military databases used to catch such mistakes had the wrong address for the embassy." See also, Bradley Graham and Steven Pearlstein, "Belgrade Target Never Verified on Outdated Map," Washington Post, 10 May 1999, A1.


Schmitt, Eric. "In Shift, Secretary Supports Bill that Overhauls Energy Dept." New York Times, 28 Sep. 1999. []

"Energy Secretary Bill Richardson says he will recommend that President Clinton sign a $289 billion Pentagon budget bill that overhauls the Energy Department, creating an agency within the department to oversee nuclear weapons programs."


Schmitt, Eric. "Lab's Laxity in Spy Case Outrages Lawmakers." New York Times, 29 Apr. 1999. []

"Senior lawmakers expressed outrage and frustration on [28 April 1999] over the government's failure to monitor a scientist suspected of spying for China, who officials now say may have given away secrets to virtually every nuclear weapon in the U.S. arsenal."


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