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Former FBI Agent Blasts Newly Declassified CIA Reports on 9/11

Mark Rossini

 
By Jeff Stein
Newsweek

WASHINGTON — Mark Rossini, a former FBI special agent at the center of an enduring mystery related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, says he is “appalled” by the newly declassified statements by former CIA Director George Tenet defending the spy agency’s efforts to detect and stop the plot.

Rossini, who was assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC) at the time of the attacks, has long maintained that the U.S. government has covered up secret relations between the spy agency and Saudi individuals who may have abetted the plot. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who flew commercial airliners into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a failed effort to crash into the U.S. Capitol, were Saudis.

A heavily redacted 2005 CIA inspector general’s report, parts of which had previously been released, was further declassified earlier this month. It found that agency investigators “encountered no evidence” that the government of Saudi Arabia “knowingly and willingly supported” Al-Qaeda terrorists. It added that some CIA officers had “speculated” that “dissident sympathizers within the government” may have supported Osama bin Laden but that “the reporting was too sparse to determine with any accuracy such support.”

Over 30 pages relating to Saudi Arabia in the report were blacked out. The Obama administration has also refused to declassify 28 pages dealing with Saudi connections to the hijackers in a joint congressional probe of the attacks.

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Report: American Psychological Association Helped CIA with Torture Program, Now Assists FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The American Psychological Association has been complicit in the CIA torture program, violated the ethics code and now appears to be assisting the FBI with similar programs, according to a blistering 60-page report by experts and doctors.

The report, “All the President’s Psychologists,” alleges that the APA, which prohibits psychologists from making judgments on torture, has closely coordinated with the White House, CIA and Department of Defense to help get around ethical lines on torture.

The report alleges that the federal agencies secretly worked with APA to change its ethics policy to align it with the requirements for the CIA’s torture program.

The FBI has not commented on revelations that the APA is working more closely with the bureau.

Former FBI Agent Jailed After Bizarre Behavior While Visiting NSA, CIA

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent who was angry about police brutality and said she was running for president, is expected in court today after a bizarre rampage that took her to the headquarters of the NSA and CIA.

Tunisia Davis was arrested late Thursday and placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals after authorities said she drove to the main gate of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., and managed to get past one officer before another stopped her.

Davis also arrived at the door of the NSA and told NSA police she “wanted to know what they would do if she showed up,” NBC reported.

It’s unclear whether Davis made clear she was a former FBI agent.

Details are still emerging about her past with the FBI.

FBI Agent: Ex-CIA Director Petraeus Put High-Level Military Personnel at Risk

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent said in a deposition that Paula Broadwell had regular access to CIA Director David Petraeus’ email that may have extended beyond the launch of an FBI investigation a month before the 2012 presidential election, Politico.com reports.

Transcripts of the deposition show the CIA director was asked twice to change his password because his email account appeared to have been accessed by someone outside of the agency. Authorities later traced the unauthorized access to Broadwell, who was writing a biography about Petraeus and having a sexual relationship with him.

Petraeus was sentenced Thursday to two years probation and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for sharing classified information with Broadwell.

“We believed that the email had been compromised,” Humphries said during sworn questioning in Tampa stemming from a lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by a Florida woman who received threatening emails from Broadwell, Jill Kelley. “His first admonishment [to change the code] was made because we didn’t know who it was, and then upon learning who it was we had a conversation that that should be changed.”

FBI Agent Fred Humphries agreed with Kelly’s attorney that her “actions potentially compromised the security of high level military intelligence personnel and information.”

Former CIA Director Petraeus Faces Sentencing for Leaking Classified Information

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former CIA Director David Petraeus faces sentencing Thursday for allegedly leaking classified information to a mistress who was writing his biography, Reuters reports. 

The retired U.S. Army General has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

But Petraeus won’t be sent to prison because of an agreement he made with prosecutors in March to pay a $40,000 fine and receive two years of probation.

A federal judge, however, is not bound by the agreement with prosecutors.

Petraeus reigned from the CIA in 2012 following the revelation that he was having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

MassLive: Justice Department Is Wrong to Work with CIA on Spying on Americans

By MassLive
Editorial

If the CIA and the Justice Department were to get married, what kind of kids might the odd couple have?

One answer: Spies who’d believe that they possess the legal smarts to talk their way out of nearly anything.

When The Wall Street Journal reported late last year that the Justice Department was operating airplanes that flew across the land carrying devices mimicking cell towers scooping up details about the mobile phones of innocent citizens below – normal people who were accused of nothing, suspected of nothing, all in the name of tracking a few criminal suspects – we said in this space that the program was fundamentally anti-democratic. It was, plainly stated, un-American.

To have the authorities flying over the land and sweeping up information about the citizenry – even if it was in the name of locating a few bad actors – treated ordinary people like outlaws. We asked at the time – and we’ll ask again now – what becomes of the data that the Justice Department gathers? Who has access to it? How long is it retained?

Now comes a new report in the Journal detailing the CIA’s work with Justice. The U.S. Department of Justice is supposed to be working to enforce the law, not seeking to find novel ways to spy on the people. And our nation’s Central Intelligence Agency, established in 1947, was created to watch over the doings in foreign lands, not to aid Justice in spying on the American citizens.

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Weekend Series on Law Enforcement: How the FBI and CIA Secretly Sheltered Nazi War Criminals

Politico: Eric Holder Plugs His Legacy on Leak Cases

Reporter James Risen

By JOSH GERSTEIN
Politico

WASHINGTON — A federal jury’s decision Monday to convict a former CIA officer for leaking top-secret information to a New York Times reporter was a big win for prosecutors — and for Attorney General Eric Holder’s new approach to handling sensitive cases involving journalists.

Holder decided to spare the reporter in the case, New York Times correspondent James Risen, from testifying against his sources. The move could become an important part of the soon-to-depart attorney general’s legacy and a guidepost for future government leak cases given that the government won the case without much testimony from the reporter who received the information.

Holder and his allies are arguing that they have helped secure journalists’ First Amendment rights with the maneuver, but whistleblower advocates worry that the prison time ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is facing in the wake of the trial will wind up silencing federal employees seeking to expose government malfeasance or ineptitude.

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