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Shenon, Philip. "Chief of Sept. 11 Panel Assesses Blame but Holds Off on Higher-Ups." New York Times, 19 Dec. 2003. []

Thomas H. Kean, chairman of the federal 9/11 commission, said in a telephone interview on 18 December 2003 that "information long available to the public showed that the attacks could have been prevented had a group of low- and mid-level government employees at the F.B.I., the immigration service and elsewhere done their jobs properly." Kean also said "that his investigators were still studying whether senior Bush administration officials should also share the blame."


Shenon, Philip. "C.I.A. Is Unfairly Blamed in Chemical Blast, Panel Is Told." New York Times, 17 Apr. 1997, A14 (N).

At a joint hearing on 16 April 1997 before the two intelligence subcommittees, the CIA's investigator of the circumstances surrounding the destruction of the Iraqi ammunition depot at Kamisiyah pointed to intelligence reports both before and shortly after the Gulf War with warnings that chemical weapons had been stored in the vicinity of that facility.


Shenon, Philip. "C.I.A. Officer Admits Guilt Over Hezbollah Files." New York Times, 14 Nov. 2007. []

On 13 November 2007, Nada Nadim Prouty, "[a] Lebanese-born C.I.A. officer" who previously worked for the FBI, "pleaded guilty ... to charges that she illegally sought classified information" from FBI computers about the radical Islamic group Hezbollah. Prouty "also confessed that she had fraudulently obtained American citizenship." She "faces up to 16 years in prison." The plea agreement "appeared to expose grave flaws in the methods used" by the CIA and FBI "to conduct background checks."

See also, Michael Isikoff, et al. "Dangerous Liaisons: Nada Prouty Worked for the FBI and CIA. Now There's Worry She's Not Who They Thought She Was," Newsweek, 26 Nov. 2007, 35; and Joby Warrick and Dan Eggen. "Ex-FBI Employee's Case Raises New Security Concerns: Sham Marriage Led to U.S. Citizenship," Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2007, A3.

[CIA/00s/07; FBI/00s/07; SpyCases/U.S./Other/Prouty]

Shenon, Philip. "C.I.A. Report Says It Failed to Share Data on Iraq Arms." New York Times, 10 Apr. 1997, A1, A12 (N).

At a news conference at CIA Headquarters on 9 April 1997, the CIA released a report revealing that it had "solid information in 1986" that chemical weapons had been stored at the Kamisiyah ammunition depot in southern Iraq. "Despite that evidence, the agency failed to include the depot on a list of suspected chemical-weapons sites provided to the Pentagon before the [Gulf] war."


Shenon, Philip. "C.I.A. Was with U.N. in Iraq for Years, Ex-Inspector Says." New York Times, 23 Feb. 1999. []

"The CIA began placing American spies among U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq only a year after the end of the Persian Gulf war of 1991 and worked closely with the United Nations to organize the inspections, a former arms inspector says. The former inspector, Scott Ritter, said in a new book [Endgame] that he and a senior CIA official operating under an assumed name had planned some of the largest and most complex inspections undertaken by the United Nations and that the United Nations inspection teams had included 'CIA paramilitary covert operatives.'"


Shenon, Philip. The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation. New York: Twelve, 2008. []

Associated Press, 3 Feb. 2008, reports that this book by a New York Times investigative reporter includes the information that the 9/11 commission's executive director, Philip Zelikow, "had closer ties with the White House than publicly disclosed and tried to influence the final report in ways that the staff often perceived as limiting the Bush administration's responsibility." For Peake, Studies 52.3 (Sep. 2008) and Intelligencer 16.2 (Fall 2008), "there is little new" here. This is a "readable account" of the history of the 9/11 Commission. However, the author "has avoided taking sides or commenting on the quality of the commission's recommendations, even in hindsight."


Shenon, Philip. "Criticism From Many Quarters Greets Plan to Split C.I.A." New York Times, 24 Aug. 2004. []

The "proposal by Republican senators to break up the C.I.A. and transfer other intelligence agencies out of the Pentagon met with an expected rush of strong criticism" from "Republicans and Democrats alike, and drew a noncommittal response from President Bush." Former DCI George J. Tenet said that "Senator Roberts's proposal is yet another episode in the mad rush to rearrange wiring diagrams in an attempt to be seen as doing something." See also, Dan Eggen and Charles Babington, "Many Are Cool to Intelligence Plan: Bush Expresses Reservations; Tenet Says GOP Senate Proposal Would 'Gut the CIA,'" Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2004, A3.


Shenon, Philip. "Delays on 9/11 Bill Are Laid to Pentagon." New York Times, 26 Oct. 2004. []

According to Congressional officials and commission members on 25 October 2004, "[a] months-long, behind-the-scenes lobbying effort by the Pentagon to water down the powers of a new national intelligence director is largely responsible for a stalemate threatening to derail Congressional efforts to enact the major recommendations of the independent Sept. 11 commission." See also, Walter Pincus, "Turf War Stalls Intelligence Bill: Pentagon Allies at Odds With Advocates of New Director," Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2004, A4.


Shenon, Philip. "Former C.I.A. Analyst Is Arrested and Accused of Spying for China." New York Times, 24 Nov. 1985, A1, A31.


Shenon, Philip. "Former New Jersey Gov. to Head 9/11 Panel." New York Times, 17 Dec. 2002. []

On 16 December 2002, President George W. Bush named Thomas H. Kean, former Republican governor of New Jersey, to replace Henry A. Kissinger as chairman of an independent commission to investigate the Sept. 11 attacks. Kean commented that "he did not believe he faced the potential business conflicts that led Mr. Kissinger to abruptly withdraw last week as chairman.... Kissinger's appointment had drawn fire in large part because of his refusal to disclose his company's client list and his possible ties to foreign governments and companies that could have interests in the investigation." See also, Amy Goldstein, "9/11 Panel Gets New Chairman; Ex-N.J. Governor Kean Named to Replace Kissinger," Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2002, A1.


Shenon, Philip. "Former U.N. Arms Inspector Is Criticized by State Dept." New York Times, 24 Feb. 1999. []

"The State Department said on [23 February 1999] that a new book by Scott Ritter ... was inaccurate, misleading and could 'only serve Saddam Hussein's propaganda machine.'"


Shenon, Philip. "From Dour 'Mortician' of F.B.I. to Suspected Russian Superspy." New York Times, 21 Feb. 2001. []

The Russians apparently never knew Hanssen's name. Details of the case released by law enforcement officials on 20 February 2001 "offer little explanation for the motivations of a man who, unlike the brazenly greedy Mr. Ames, was never obvious about enjoying the hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and diamonds that his Russian handlers supposedly provided." Hanssen is remembered by FBI colleagues as "dour, colorless, socially awkward 'the mortician,' as he was called behind his back, both for his personality and his penchant for dark, unstylish business suits."


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