Scott Shane

With Mark Mazzetti

Shane, Scott, and Mark Mazzetti. "Ex-C.I.A. Chief, in Book, Assails Cheney on Iraq." New York Times, 27 Apr. 2007. []

In At the Center of the Storm (2007), former DCI George J. Tenet "has lashed out against Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials..., saying they pushed the country to war in Iraq without ever conducting a 'serious debate' about whether Saddam Hussein posed an imminent threat to the United States." Tenet argues that the "slam dunk" remark "was taken out of context and that it had little impact on President Bush's decision to go to war. He also makes clear his bitter view that the administration made him a scapegoat for the Iraq war."

[CIA/DCIs/Tenet/07; MI/Ops/00s/Iraq]

Shane, Scott, and Mark Mazzetti. "Lawmakers Raise Concerns Over Call for Investigation of C.I.A. Watchdog's Work." New York Times, 13 Oct. 2007. []

On 12 October 2007, Sen. Christopher S. Bond (R-MO), "[t]he top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee[,] joined Democrats ... in expressing strong concern about an unusual inquiry into the work" of CIA Inspector General John L. Helgerson, "saying the review could undermine Mr. Helgerson's role as independent watchdog."

Walter Pincus, "Lawmakers Criticize CIA Director's Review Order," Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2007, A3, reports that HPSCI Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) "said in a statement ... that the review of the agency's inspector general ... is 'troubling' because of its possible impact on the official's independence, 'which Congress established and will very aggressively preserve.'"

[CIA/00s/07; CIA/Components/DCIA]

Shane, Scott, and Mark Mazzetti. "Moves Signal Tighter Secrecy Within C.I.A." New York Times, 24 Apr. 2006. []

Intelligence officials with knowledge of the investigation said on 23 April 2006 that the CIA's "crackdown on leaks ... that led to the dismissal of a veteran intelligence officer last week included a highly unusual polygraph examination for the agency's independent watchdog, Inspector General John L. Helgerson."

[CIA/00s/06/Firing; CIA/Components/DCIA]

Shane, Scott, and Mark Mazzetti. "Report Shows Tight C.I.A. Control on Interrogations." New York Times, 26 Aug. 2009. []

"[T]he strong impression that emerges" from the newly released documents on the CIA's interrogation program is one of "overwhelming control exercised from C.I.A. headquarters and the Department of Justice -- control Bush administration officials say was intended to ensure that the program was safe and legal." See also, Joby Warrick, Peter Finn, and Julie Tate, "CIA Releases Its Instructions For Breaking a Detainee's Will," Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2009.


Shane, Scott, and Mark Mazzetti. "Tapes by C.I.A. Lived and Died to Save Image." New York Times, 30 Dec. 2007. []

CIA officers knew that "[i]f Abu Zubaydah ... died in American hands,... much of the world would believe they had killed him. So in the spring of 2002,... they set up video cameras to record his every moment: asleep in his cell, having his bandages changed, being interrogated.... [I]nterviews with two dozen current and former officials,... show how political and legal considerations competed with intelligence concerns in the handling of the tapes."


Shane, Scott, and Mark Mazzetti. "Top C.I.A. Pick Has Credentials and Skeptics." New York Times, 6 May 2006. []

Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who senior administration officials say is the President's "likely choice" to head the CIA, "has a stellar résumé for a spy and has long been admired at the White House and on Capitol Hill." But he "would also face serious questions about the controversy" over the NSA's "domestic surveillance program, which he oversaw and has vigorously defended."


Shane, Scott, Mark Mazzetti, and Helene Cooper. "Obama Reverses Key Bush Security Policies." New York Times, 23 Jan. 2009. []

On 22 January 2009, President Obama "signed executive orders closing the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, within a year; ending the Central Intelligence Agency's secret prisons; and requiring all interrogations to follow the noncoercive methods of the Army Field Manual.... One new task force, headed by the attorney general and the secretary of defense, will study detainee policy and report to the president in six months. A second, led by the attorney general, and with the secretary of defense and director of national intelligence as vice co-chairmen, will study whether the Army Field Manual should remain the only standard for interrogators and review the practice of extraordinary rendition, in which captured terrorism suspects are transferred to other countries."

See also, Joby Warrick and Karen DeYoung, "Obama Reverses Bush Policies on Detention and Interrogation," Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2009, A6.

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

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