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Tag: CIA

Secret Service Investigates Creed Frontman’s Alleged Plot to Assassinate President Obama

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Secret Service is investigating claims that Creed singer Scott Stapp was on a mission to assassinate President Obama on the delusional belief that he was working for the CIA, People reports.

The singer’s wife told a 911 operator last month that Stapp was having a schizophrenic episode, riding shirtless on his bicycle carrying a backpack with what he believed were papers and hard drives from the CIA.

“He thinks he’s part of the CIA. He thinks they’re trying to kill him and he has a bunch of paperwork in his backpack that [says] he’s a CIA agent and he was supposed to assassinate Obama,” Jaclyn, 34, said during the call.

The Secret Service said it is investigating.

“We are well aware and we’ll take appropriate action,” Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor said.

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Former FBI Agent Defends Torture Following Scathing Senate Report

James Davis

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Davis, a 25-year veteran of the FBI who headed the Denver office and served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said the brutal interrogation techniques outlined by the Senate’s torture report were appropriate to keep the U.S. safe.

“In the FBI, we build relationships on a rapport with the detainees that’s built over a long period of time,” Davis told KDVR.com in Denver. “After 9/11, we didn’t feel like we had much time. I think that the guys that were using those techniques believed them to be legal and believed them to be necessary to keep the country safe.”

Davis dismissed the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report as partisan and disagreed with the findings.

“I’ll never say never, but to say that this never produced actionable intelligence is probably not true,” Davis said. “Starting those interviews, the people they were talking to were not providing information so something had to happen to get them to start providing that information.”

Federal Judge Sets Deadline on DOJ’s Decision to Subpoena NYT Reporter

Reporter James Risen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A federal judge has given the Justice Department until Tuesday to decide whether to subpoena New York Times reporter James Risen to testify against a CIA operative who allegedly leaked classified information to the journalist, the Huffington Post reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema issued the order Tuesday.

Former CIA operative Jeffrey Sterling is accused of supplying Risen with classified information that was used for the journalist’s book, “State of War: The Secret History of the Cia and the Bush Administration.”

The book sparked the legal battle.

But now the judge is growing impatient and wants a decision on whether Risen will be ordered to testify.

“Since June 2, 2014, the United States has had over six months to decide whether it will subpoena James Risen to testify at this trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday, January 12, 2015,” the order read. “Because Mr. Risen’s presence or absence at the trial will have a significant impact on how the parties present their case, a decision about Mr. Risen must be made sufficiently before trial to enable the parties to prepare adequately.”

Justice Department Says It Won’t Reopen Criminal Probe Into Torture Cases

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department roiled civil rights advocates on Tuesday by saying it would not reopen a criminal probe into the CIA’s handling of terrorism suspects following a sobering report about torture, the USA Today reports.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report disclosed several types of abuse – water-boarding, extreme sleep deprivation and others – by the CIA.

“The true test of our nation’s character comes now,” said Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice. “Will we make excuses and try to defend the indefensible? Or will we finally acknowledge that our nation crossed a terrible line, and start talking about accountability?”

A Justice Department officials told the USA Today that investigators in the probe “reviewed the committee’s full report and did not find any new information that they had not previously considered in reaching their determination.”

FBI Issues Bulletin to Law Enforcement Following Release of CIA Torture Report

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI released a bulletin to law enforcement following the disclosure Tuesday that the CIA tortured terrorism suspects.

Here is the bulletin, written by Jeremy W. Francis:

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, law enforcement agencies engaged in the Global War on Terrorism. Police officers, along with firefighters and emergency medical personnel, were the first to respond during the largest loss of civilian life from violent acts of terrorism in America’s history. In the decade following, law enforcement leaders agreed that police departments were not as prepared as they could have been to respond to a terrorist attack.

During the initial response to an incident, no level of administration is more important than the local government. State, county, and municipal law enforcement officers will be the first to respond should an event occur. Therefore, law enforcement agencies should be better prepared today than they were before September 11.

In the author’s survey of 31 municipal and county law enforcement organizations, 41.2% of senior executives—chiefs of police and sheriffs—communicated that they are no better prepared to respond to a terrorist attack today. The majority of leaders reported that their agency’s overall readiness was average or above average; however, 22.5 percent of executives stated that their department’s ability to respond to terrorism measured below average or inadequate. This indicates that improvements are necessary to increase the preparedness posture of law enforcement agencies.

Organizational culture and challenges correlate to terrorism preparedness. One mechanism to improve preparedness in law enforcement agencies is to enhance the culture of operational readiness. When leaders apply change through the organization’s culture, the likelihood of positive results increases.

Tangible, overt, or verbally identifiable elements in an organization are called artifacts. The artifacts of law enforcement organizational culture are examined further as 1) processes— communication, planning, and training; 2) resources—spending and equipment; and 3) personnel. These are the most visible and straightforward elements to increase change in the organization.

The author’s research demonstrated that positive organizational culture improves operational preparedness. This inclination enhances an agency’s ability to respond to a terrorist attack. This occurs because organizational change through culture reduces resistance and increases readiness.

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Senate Torture Report Condemns C.I.A. Interrogation Program

By Mark Mazzetti
New York Times

WASHINGTON — A scathing report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday found that the Central Intelligence Agency routinely misled the White House and Congress about the information it obtained from the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects, and that its methods were more brutal than the C.I.A. acknowledged either to Bush administration officials or to the public.

The long-delayed report, which took five years to produce and is based on more than six million internal agency documents, is a sweeping indictment of the C.I.A.’s operation and oversight of a program carried out by agency officials and contractors in secret prisons around the world in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It also provides a macabre accounting of some of the grisliest techniques that the C.I.A. used to torture and imprison terrorism suspects.

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Former CIA Director Petraeus’ Career Comeback May Be Dashed by FBI Investigation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

By most accounts, David Petraeus is on the rise after losing his job in the wake of an extramarital affair that forced him to resign as director of the CIA.

But Bloomberg reports that Petraeus, who has secured a job at the private equity firm KKR, is still under investigation by the FBI.

Citing current and former U.S. intelligence officials, Bloomberg wrote that the FBI is still trying to determine whether Petraeus violated the law by providing classified documents to Paula Broadwell, his biographer and former lover.

Authorities said Broadwell received intelligence information that was only available to a handful of senior officials.

“It was inappropriately shared and it should never have been shared,” one former senior intelligence official said.

Despite the investigation, President Obama has defended Petraeus, saying he never endangered national security.

Judge: Jill Kelly May Press Forward with Lawsuit Against FBI Over Invasion of Privacy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Jill Kelley may continue pursuing her lawsuit against the FBI over the scandal involving former CIA Director David Patraeus, a judge ruled Monday.

The New York Daily News reports that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman declined to dismiss a case by Kelly, who claims the FBI and Justice Department violated her privacy by leaking personal information about her to the media.

The case came to light when Kelly told the FBI in 2012 that she had been receiving harassing emails, which turned out to be from Paula Broadwell, who was having an affair with Patraeus.

Soon after, the news media obtained personal information about Kelley.

The judge’s decision, however, does not touch the merits of the case.