Scott Shane


Shane, Scott. "C.I.A. Agents Sense Shifting Support for Methods." New York Times, 13 Dec. 2007. []

"For six years, Central Intelligence Agency officers have worried that someday the tide of post-Sept. 11 opinion would turn, and their harsh treatment of prisoners from Al Qaeda would be subjected to hostile scrutiny and possible criminal prosecution. Now that day may have arrived."


Shane, Scott. "C.I.A. Answers Criticism With Pledge to Do Better." New York Times, 2 Apr. 2005. []

A day after the WMD commission "harshly criticized" the CIA's "erroneous assessment of Iraqi weapons and weak reporting on other subjects," CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said on 1 Aprul 2005 that the CIA "was trying to give policy makers a more candid account of the reliability of intelligence it passed on."

[CIA/00s/05/Gen; GenPostCW/00s/05/WMD]

Shane, Scott. "C.I.A. Authorized to Expand Use of Drones in Pakistan." New York Times, 4 Dec. 2009. []

Officials said this week that President Obama "has authorized an expansion of the C.I.A.'s drone program in Pakistan's lawless tribal areas.... American officials are talking with Pakistan about the possibility of striking in Baluchistan for the first time.... The political consensus in support of the drone program, its antiseptic, high-tech appeal and its secrecy have obscured just how radical it is. For the first time in history, a civilian intelligence agency is using robots to carry out a military mission, selecting people for killing in a country where the United States is not officially at war." American officials say that despite public criticism in Pakistan of the drone attacks, the Pakistan government "privately supplies crucial intelligence, proposes targets and allows the Predators to take off from a base in Baluchistan."

[CIA/00s/09; MI/Ops/Afghanistan/00s/09]

Shane, Scott. "C.I.A. Chief Will Face Critical Gaps in Iran Data." New York Times, 7 May 2006, A18.

"As the Central Intelligence Agency undergoes its latest round of turmoil, legislators and former intelligence officials say that serious gaps in the United States' knowledge of Iran are among the most critical problems facing a new director of the spy agency." The experts say that "[w]hoever takes the helm of the C.I.A. ... will confront a crucial target with few, if any, American spies on the ground, sketchy communications intercepts and ambiguous satellite images."


Shane, Scott. "C.I.A. Interrogator's Defense to Cite Bush at Brutality Trial." New York Times, 11 Feb. 2005. []

According to federal court documents, a CIA contract interrogator, David A. Passaro, "charged with beating an Afghan prisoner who died the next day, is basing his defense in part on statements by President Bush and other officials that called for tough action to prevent terrorist attacks and protect American lives..... Passaro's lead defense lawyer[] has ... notified the government that he will pursue a 'public authority defense.' Such a defense involves a claim that the defendant believed, even if incorrectly, that he was acting with the authority and approval of the government."


Shane, Scott. "CIA Officer Died in Jail Revolt." Baltimore Sun, 29 Nov. 2001. [http://www.]

"Spann's chief role at the [Qala-i Janghi] fortress [near Mazar-e Sharif] was to interrogate prisoners,... a government official said. 'If you're trying to breach al-Qaida, what better place to look than among all those al-Qaida people?' said J. Ransom Clark, a college administrator who had worked for the CIA from 1964 to 1990. 'Especially among al-Qaida who may be very afraid.... Maybe they could turn some of them.'"


Shane, Scott. "C.I.A. Reviewing Its Process for Briefing Congress." New York Times, 10 Jul. 2009. []

Intelligence officials said on 9 July 2009 that CIA Director Leon E. Panetta has "assigned a senior C.I.A. officer" to conduct "an internal review of how it briefs Congress on secret programs." This action comes as Democrats and Republicans trade "barbs over an admission" by Panetta "that the C.I.A. failed for eight years to inform the Intelligence Committees of one unidentified program.... Several members of Congress said the program, begun in the immediate aftermath of the [9/11] terrorist attacks, involved creating a capability that was never used."

[CIA/00s/09; Oversight/00s]

Shane, Scott. "C.I.A. Role in Visit of Sudan Intelligence Chief Causes Dispute Within Administration." New York Times, 18 Jun. 2005. []

According to administration officials on 17 June 2005, the CIA's decision "to fly Sudan's intelligence chief [Salah Abdallah Gosh] to Washington in a C.I.A. jet in April set off a dispute inside the Bush administration, with some officials arguing that such recognition for a government accused of genocide and ties to terrorism sent a regrettable signal."

[CIA/00s/05/Gen; OtherCountries/Sudan]

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