Scott Shane

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Shane, Scott. "Agents Enjoy Status, but Intelligence Analysts Gain Attentions." New York Times, 27 Mar. 2015, A17. []

As the CIA and FBI "confront an evolving terrorist threat, cyberattacks and other challenges, both are reorganizing in ways intended to empower analysts. That involves the delicate job of meshing the very different cultures of the streetwise agent and the brainy analyst.... The biggest challenge remains at the F.B.I., a traditional law enforcement organization that has struggled since the 2001 terrorist attacks to remake itself as an intelligence agency." A report by the FBI 9/11 Review Commission "found that the bureau 'still does not sufficiently recognize them as a professionalized work force with distinct requirements for investment in training and education.'...

"At the C.I.A., where analysts have had a central role since its founding, they long worked largely apart from the 'operators,' who work in the field overseas recruiting agents. This month, John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, announced that analysts and operators would be combined in 10 new 'mission centers,' following the model of the agency's Counterterrorism Center. That may give the analysts greater day-to-day influence on operations. The latest moves continue the steady enhancement of the role of intelligence analysts."

[Analysis/Gen/10s; CIA/10s/15; FBI/10s/15]

Shane, Scott. "Archivist Urges U.S. to Reopen Classified Files." New York Times, 3 Mar. 2006. []

On 2 March 2006, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein "directed intelligence agencies ... to stop removing previously declassified historical documents from public access and urged them to return to the shelves as quickly as possible many of the records they had already pulled."


Shane, Scott. "Court Upbraided N.S.A. on Its Use of Call-Log Data." New York Times, 10 Sep. 2013. []

"Intelligence officials released secret documents on [10 September 2013] showing that a [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] judge reprimanded the National Security Agency in 2009 for violating its own procedures and misleading the nation's intelligence court about how it used the telephone call logs it gathers in the hunt for terrorists."

[Overviews/Legal/FISA/FISC; NSA/10s/13]

Shane, Scott. "Dodging Perils on Way to Top of Spy Game." New York Times, 8 May 2006. []

"Since joining the ranks of America's top spies seven years ago, Gen. Michael V. Hayden has weathered intelligence catastrophes and controversies that might easily have ended his career: the Sept. 11 attacks, erroneous reporting on Iraqi weapons and domestic surveillance without warrants -- all on his watch at the National Security Agency. Instead, General Hayden's brainy command of facts and just-folks style of delivering them have made him not just a survivor, but the man the Bush administration turns to for solutions to its most difficult problems at the intelligence agencies."


Shane, Scott. "Election Spurred a Move to Codify U.S. Drone Policy." New York Times, 24 Nov. 2012. []

"The attempt to write a formal rule book for targeted killing began last summer after news reports on the drone program, started under President George W. Bush and expanded by Mr. Obama, revealed some details of the president's role in the shifting procedures for compiling 'kill lists' and approving strikes. Though national security officials insist that the process is meticulous and lawful, the president and top aides believe it should be institutionalized."

[Recon/UAVs/10s; Terrorism/10s/Gen]

Shane, Scott. "Excessive Caution Kept NSA Passive." Baltimore Sun, 23 Jul. 2004. []

"The 9/11 Commission Report portrays the National Security Agency before the terrorist attacks as 'almost obsessive' in protecting its intelligence-gathering methods, passive in following up on clues and excessively cautious about sharing communications intercepts with other agencies."

[GenPostCW/00s/CommissionReport; NSA/04]

Shane, Scott. "Ex-C.I.A. Chief Denies Knowing of Doubt About Defector's Word." New York Times, 2 Apr. 2005. []

Former DCI George J. Tenet said on 1 April 2005 "that he had never been told of a foreign intelligence service's grave doubts about the reliability of an important source of information on Iraq's purported biological weapons program, an Iraqi defector code-named Curveball." The WMD commission "wrote in its report ... that an unnamed subordinate of Mr. Tenet's had been told in 2002 by a foreign intelligence contact not to trust Curveball." According to an Associated Press report, "John McLaughlin, who was Mr. Tenet's deputy and then acting director after he stepped down, issued his own statement, saying he, too, was not told of the doubts about Curveball."

[CIA/DCIs/Tenet; GenPostCW/00s/05/WMD]

Shane, Scott. "Ex-C.I.A. Official Says Iraq Data Was Distorted." New York Times, 11 Feb. 2006. []

In the March-April 2006 issue of Foreign Affairs, Paul R. Pillar, who retired in October 2005 as NIO for the Near East and South Asia, accuses "the Bush administration of ignoring or distorting the prewar evidence on a broad range of issues related to Iraq in its effort to justify the American invasion of 2003.... Pillar is the first high-level C.I.A. insider to speak out by name on the use of prewar intelligence." See also, Walter Pincus, "Ex-CIA Official Faults Use of Data on Iraq: Intelligence 'Misused' to Justify War, He Says," Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2006, A1.


Shane, Scott. "Ex-Federal Employee Indicted on Documents Charge." New York Times, 24 May 2005. []

Former NSA employee Kenneth Wayne Ford Jr. has been "indicted in Maryland for possession of classified documents. The federal indictment said ... Ford ... left the agency in late 2003 and was arrested on Jan. 12, 2004, for illegally possessing secret information 'relating to the national defense.'" Associated Press, 24 May 2005, adds that the 23 May 2005 indictment included "charges of unlawfully possessing classified national defense information and making a false statement" in a submission to Lockheed Martin for a security clearance.


Shane, Scott. "An Exotic Tool for Espionage: Moral Compass." New York Times, 28 Jan. 2006. []

"A group of current and former intelligence officers and academic experts ... are meeting this weekend ... to begin hammering out a code of ethics for spies and to form an international association to study the subject.... 'It doesn't make much sense to me,' said Duane R. Clarridge, who retired in 1988 after 33 years as a C.I.A. operations officer.... 'Depending on where you're coming from, the whole business of espionage is unethical.'"


Shane, Scott. "Former N.S.A. Official Is Charged in Leaks Case." New York Times, 15 Apr. 2010. []

On 15 April 2010 the Justice Department announced that a grand jury in Baltimore has indicted former senior NSA official Thomas A. Drake "on charges of providing classified information to a newspaper reporter in hundreds of e-mail messages in 2006 and 2007." Drake "was also accused of obstructing justice by shredding documents, deleting computer records and lying to investigators who were looking into the reporter's sources."

The indictment "does not name either the reporter or the newspaper that received the information. But the description applies to articles written by Siobhan Gorman, then a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, that examined in detail the failings of several major N.S.A. programs, costing billions of dollars, using computers to collect and sort electronic intelligence."

See also, Greg Miller, Spencer S. Hsu, and Ellen Nakashima, "Former NSA Official Allegedly Leaked Material to Media," Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2010, A1; Ellen Nakashima, "Former NSA Executive Thomas A. Drake May Pay High Price for Media Leak," Washington Post, 14 Jul. 2010, C1; and Jane Mayer, "The Secret Sharer: Is Thomas Drake an Enemy of the State?" The New Yorker, 23 May 2011.


Shane, Scott. "Gates Hearing in Senate May Have Echoes of 1991." New York Times, 10 Nov. 2006. []

"The accusations lodged against Robert M. Gates the last time he came before the Senate for confirmation, in 1991, sound eerily contemporary in the wake of the debate over skewed prewar intelligence on Iraq.... [A]n initial survey of the possible obstacles to Mr. Gates’s confirmation suggest that they are unlikely to threaten Senate approval. Even some Democrats who opposed him in 1991 have welcomed his appointment as a long-overdue change of leadership at the Defense Department."


Shane, Scott. "Government Keeps a Secret After Studying Spy Agencies." New York Times, 26 Apr. 2007. []

In a telephone briefing, Ronald P. Sanders, the DNI's chief human capital officer, discussed a study of "just how many contractors work" in the Intelligence Community. Sanders said the study found "that about 25 percent of the intelligence work now contracted out resulted from personnel ceilings imposed by Congress. But 25 percent of what, he said he could not disclose." See also, Richard Willing, "Contractors Playing Major Role in U.S. Intelligence," USA Today, 25 Apr. 2007.

[DNI/07; GenPostCW/00s/07]

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