Philip Shenon

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Shenon, Philip. "Navy Employee Arrested as Spy." New York Times, 22 Nov. 1985. []

A civilian counterintelligence analyst for the Navy, Jonathan Jay Pollard, "was arrested [on 21 November 1985] on espionage charges, accused of selling classified code information to the Israeli Government, Federal officials said. The analyst ... was arrested near the Israeli Embassy here. Federal officials said he was trying to get the Israeli authorities to grant him political asylum."


Shenon, Philip. "Next Round Is Set in Push to Reorganize Intelligence." New York Times, 20 Dec. 2004. []

While the president's signature on the bill to restructure the U.S. intelligence community "was the final act in a tumultuous legislative debate, it signaled the start of a new and perhaps equally turbulent period in which the intelligence director will need to assert authority" over 15 separate intelligence organizations. "It is virtually certain that there will be early struggles between the director and the Pentagon, which now controls most of the government's estimated $40 billion annual intelligence budget but must cede much of its authority to the new official." Clark comment: A careful reading suggests that the latter conclusion (on ceding authority) is not supported by the legislation. Further comment: After-the-fact developments confirm that the Secretary of Defense has "ceded" very little, if anything.


Shenon, Philip. "9/11 Commission Says It Needs More Time to Complete Inquiry." New York Times, 28 Jan. 2004. []

The independent commission investigating the 9/11 terror attacks announced on 27 January 2004 that "it was seeking an extension of its deadline to complete the investigation until at least July.... The White House and Republican congressional leaders have said they see no need to extend the congressionally mandated deadline, now set for May 27."


Shenon, Philip. "9/11 Panel Leader Has Praise for Plan to Split C.I.A." New York Times, 25 Aug. 2004. []

The chairman of the Sept. 11 commission, Thomas H. Kean said on 24 August 2004 that the "proposal by several Senate Republicans to break up the C.I.A. and move other intelligence agencies outside the Pentagon appeared to be a 'constructive alternative' to the commission's proposals and reflected a growing view that 'the present situation is unacceptable.'"


Shenon, Philip. "9/11 Report Calls for a Sweeping Overhaul of Intelligence." New York Times, 23 Jul. 2004. []

The report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, released on 22 July 2004 "warned that without a historic restructuring of the nation's intelligence agencies and a new emphasis on diplomacy, the United States would leave itself open to an even more catastrophic attack.... [T]he 10-member panel offered a detailed proposal for reorganizing the way the country gathers and shares intelligence."


Shenon, Philip. "Powell Says C.I.A. Failed to Warn of Chemical Arms." New York Times, 18 Apr. 1997, A11 (N).

Testifying to the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee on 17 April 1997, Former JCS Chairman Colin Powell said that neither he nor other senior commanders at the Pentagon or in the Gulf received warnings that chemical weapons might have been stored at the Kamisiyah ammunition depot.


Shenon, Philip. "Powell Rejects 9/11 Panel's Plan for Intelligence Office." New York Times, 14 Sep. 2004. []

On 13 September 2004, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell disclosed that the Bush administration disagrees "with a major recommendation of the Sept. 11 commission and that the president did not want officials of the C.I.A., the F.B.I. and the Pentagon to serve in the inner circle of a new national intelligence director.... He said President Bush thought 'that we need clear lines of authority' and that it would be a mistake to have officials who 'report to two different masters.'"


Shenon, Philip. "Shultz Welcomes Apology by Israel." New York Times, 2 Dec. 1985. []

"Secretary of State George P. Shultz said [on 1 December 1985] that the United States welcomed Israel's apology for the purported espionage activities of Jonathan Jay Pollard."


Shenon, Philip. "U.S. Releases Files on Abuses in Pinochet Era." New York Times, 1 Jul. 1999. []

On 30 June 1999, the U.S. Government released 5,800 formerly classified documents, almost 20,000 pages, dealing with Chilean affairs from 1973 to 1978. Most of the documents -- "5,000 of the 5,800 -- came from the files of the State Department. The CIA released 490 documents, the FBI 100 and the Pentagon 60." Documents concerning the 1976 car-bomb assassination in Washington of former Chilean ambassador to the United States, Orlando Letelier, were withheld because the Justice Department considers that investigation to be ongoing.

Karen DeYoung and Vernon Loeb, "Documents Show U.S. Knew Pinochet Planned Crackdown in '73," Washington Post, 1 Jul. 1999, A23, adds that [t]he documents are primarily status overviews and intelligence reports on the situation in Chile, and they add little of substance to scholarly and congressional reviews of the period." See also, Deb Riechmann, "Later Pinochet Reports by CIA Say Abuses Were Exaggerated," Washington Times National Weekly Edition, 5-11 Jul. 1999, 15.


Shenon, Philip. "U.S. Says Spy Suspect Had Access to Highly Classified Data." New York Times, 3 Jan. 1986, A12.


Shenon, Philip. "White House Seeks Release of Intelligence Budget Total." New York Times, 24 Apr. 1996, A9 (N).

Responding to the Brown Commission report, the White House announced on 23 April 1996 that it will ask Congress "to release an overall 'bottom line' figure for the budget of American intelligence agencies."


Shenon, Philip, and Eric Lipton. "9/11 Panel Members to Lobby for a Restructured Congress." New York Times, 21 Dec. 2004, A20.

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