July - September 2001


Materials presented in chronological order.

Gertz, Bill. "Panel Finds CIA Soft on China." Washington Times, 6 Jul. 2001. [http:// www.washtimes.com]

"According to U.S. government officials and outside experts close to the panel," a 12-member commission of outside experts "has concluded that CIA reporting on China is biased and slanted toward a benign view of the emerging communist power.... The commission concluded ... that China-related CIA intelligence reports and programs suffered from an 'institutional predisposition' to play down or misinterpret national security problems posed by Beijing's communist regime.... The commission was headed by retired Army Gen. John Tilelli, a former commander of U.S. forces in Korea." See also, William Safire, "The C.I.A.'s China Tilt," New York Times, 9 Jul. 2001.

Pincus, Walter, and Vernon Loeb. "CIA Resurfaces, in the Oval Office: Tenet, Bush Develop Close Relationship." Washington Post, 29 Jul. 2001, A5. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to senior administration officials, "[t]he CIA and its director, George J. Tenet, have developed a close relationship with President Bush over the past six months, rivaling the bond between the agency and the first Bush White House.... Tenet meets several times a week with Bush.... By most accounts, Tenet is not a policy player.... [H]is official role is ... to provide information to the government's top policymakers, including Powell, Rumsfeld and other Cabinet members as well as the president and vice president."

DeYoung, Karen. "U.S. Shares Fault in Peru Incident: Probe Blames Procedures in Shootdown." Washington Post. 31 Jul. 2001, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to sources familiar with the findings of a State Department investigation into the shootdown of a civilian aircraft carrying American missionaries over northern Peru in April 2001, both "Peru and the United States were undisciplined and 'sloppy' in the way they conducted" the joint drug-interdiction program.

Johnson, Loch. “The CIA’s Weakest Link.” Washington Monthly, Jul.-Aug. 2001, 9-14.

“[T]he nation's spy agencies are still relying on a technological edge to keep the country abreast of looming international crises, and are giving short shrift to the people who synthesize and interpret the mounds of intelligence pouring in from around the globe…. America's analytic depth is uncomfortably shallow. Imagery analysis in particular has suffered from inadequate attention.”

DeYoung, Karen. "Report Issued in Plane's Downing: Lax Procedures Are Cited in Peru Shoot-Down." Washington Post. 3 Aug. 2001, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The report of the joint U.S.-Peruvian investigation into the April 2001 shootdown in Peru of a plane carrying American missionaries was released on 3 August 2001. "The report does not assign blame for the incident.... But its description of the program under which the United States helped Peru to shoot down drug planes is of a tragedy waiting to happen."

Loeb, Vernon. "FBI Official Named to CIA Deputy Post." Washington Post. 4 Aug. 2001, A4. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 3 August 2001, DCI George J. Tenet announced the following personnel changes in the Intelligence Community:

Donald M. Kerr, an assistant FBI director in charge of the bureau's crime laboratory, was named CIA Deputy Director for Science and Technology (DDS&T).

John L. Helgerson, Deputy Director, National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), will become chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC).

Joanne O. Isham, CIA DDS&T, will succeed Helgerson as deputy director at NIMA.

Dennis Fitzgerald, CIA Associate Deputy Director for Science and Technology (ADDS&T), will become deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office.

Hockstader, Lee. "U.S. Role as Mideast Mediator Fades to a Whisper." Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2001, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"As referee and mediator of the weekly meetings of Israeli and Palestinian security czars, the CIA station chief in Tel Aviv is a careful planner and a gracious host.... But ... he ... has lately been unable to coax the two sides toward a cordial entente. Some of the sessions have degenerated into shouting matches..., according to interviews with participants and Israeli media reports.... The rapid souring of the security meetings ... reflects the shrinking role of American diplomacy in the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Risen, James, and David Johnston. "The Wronged Man: C.I.A. Officer Mistaken for Spy Down the Street." New York Times, 11 Aug. 2001. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The CIA has "quietly reinstated a senior counterintelligence officer who ... spent 18 months under investigation as a suspected Russian spy. There was ... no formal apology as he returned from professional exile. But in effect, the C.I.A was saying there had been a terrible mistake.... For a year and a half, he had lived under the shadow of suspected disloyalty as he was the target of an intensive investigation by the F.B.I. Then, on Feb. 18, the F.B.I. arrested one of its own: Robert P. Hanssen.... Law enforcement and intelligence officials now say that it was Mr. Hanssen, not the C.I.A. officer, who was the mole they had been hunting."

Gutman, Roy. "What Did the CIA Know?" Newsweek, 27 Aug. 2001. [http://www.msnbc.com]

Croatian General Ante Gotovina, accused at the Hague Tribunal of war crimes in Krajina in 1995, is arguing that reconnaissance photography taken by CIA-operated GNAT-750 drones "is relevant to establishing [his] innocence."

Eggen, Dan. "FBI Apologizes to CIA Spy Suspect." Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2001, A5. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The FBI has formally apologized to a CIA intelligence officer who had been suspended from duty for 21 months after he was wrongly targeted as a spy." The apology came in a letter sent by Neil J. Gallagher, assistant director in charge of the FBI's national security division, to the officer last month. "'I sincerely regret the adverse impact that this investigation had on you and the members of your family,' Gallagher wrote in a letter dated Aug. 16."

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