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Not Everyone in Mexico Wants America’s Help in Battling Violent Cartels

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Not everyone in Mexico is happy with America helping the Mexicans battle the drug cartels.

Prominent Mexican poet and peace activist Javier Sicilia wants the Mexican government to explain the reported presence of CIA and DEA agents in Mexico, Fox News Latino reported.

Fox News reported that Sicilia made the demand at a press conference Wednesday a few days after the New York Times reported that a total of 24 CIA and DEA operatives were in the country investigating and training people.

Foreign Relations Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Government Secretary Jose Francisco Blake should appear before Congress “to explain the matter,” Sicilia said, according to Fox.

He said the presence of the CIA and the DEA is “illegal and unacceptable” and a violation of Mexico’s sovereignty.

Michigan Prof Sues FBI and CIA; Claims Bush White House Tried to Smear Reputation

Prof. Juan Cole

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

University of Michigan History Professor Juan Cole wants to take a peak at CIA and FBI files — and for pretty good reason.

Last month, according to the New York Times, former CIA official Glenn Carle said the Bush White House wanted to smear Cole’s reputation and discredit him because he was critical of the administration’s Middle East policies. Cole, who lives in Ann Arbor, writes a blog on Middle East issues.

The CIA’s Carle, according to the Times, said his supervisor asked him: “Does he (Cole) drink? What are his views? Is he married?” And, “What do you think we might know about him, or could find out, that could discredit him?”

Cole asked the CIA and the FBI to look at any of his files, but never got a response, according to the Detroit Free Press.

So on Wednesday, Cole and the American Civil Liberties Union and a University of Michigan professor filed a lawsuit in Detroit federal court,  asking that he see any files relating to any alleged scheme to discredit him, the Free Press reported.

“In a democratic society, the secret police should not be spying on citizens for simply criticizing government policy,” said Michael Steinberg, legal director of the Michigan branch of the ACLU, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Free Press reported that the FBI could not be reached for comment and  CIA spokesman Preston Golson said: “The CIA does not, as a rule, comment on pending litigation.”

Fed Grand Jury Looking at CIA Agent Linked to Abu Ghraib

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal grand jury in Virginia has been looking at a CIA officer who oversaw the agency’s interrogation program at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that Steve Stormoen, who is now retired, pushed for increasingly harsh tactics.

AP reported that he supervised an unofficial program that involved the CIA interrogating men, whose names were not entered into Army books.

AP reported that the so-called “ghosting” program was not sanctioned by CIA headquarters.

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Justice Dept. Subpoenas NY Times Pulitzer Prize Winner James Risen


Reporter James Risen
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department and the New York Times have had their fair share of battles in court over testifying.

The latest: Fed prosecutors in Alexandria, Va.,  have subpoenaed Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter James Risen to testify against a former CIA operative who is awaiting trial, Carrie Johnson of NPR reported.

NPR reported that ex-CIA operative Jeffrey Sterling is accused of leaking classified info which wound up in Risen’s book “State of War.”

The subpoena was filed Monday night in Virginia, NPR reported. The Justice Department court filing calls Risen a “critical” eyewitness. Authorities expect Risen to fight the subpoena.

The government wrote in its motion: “As we describe in the following pages, the Supreme Court has held that absent a showing that a criminal proceeding is being conducted in bad faith or for the purpose of harassment, there exists neither a First Amendment nor a common law reporter’s privilege that shields a reporter from his obligation to testify, even if the reporter’s testimony reveals confidential sources and information.”

“Moreover, the Government is unaware of any case in which a court has excluded from a jury’s consideration the testimony of a reporter who personally witnessed a crime, let alone crimes like the ones charged here that are alleged to have endangered the nation’s security. Accordingly, to resolve this issue as expeditiously as possible, we move for the admission of Mr. Risen’s testimony.”

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Ex-CIA Official Gets 5 Years-Plus in Prison for Sexual Assault in Algeria on Embassy Property

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-CIA official Andrew Warren, who pleaded guilty last year to drugging and sexually assaulting an Algerian woman in 2008 on embassy property in Algiers, and using cocaine while possessing a firearm in Virginia, was sentenced Thursday to five years and five months in prison.

Warren’s sentencing in U.S. District Court in Washington capped an embarrassing international scandal for the CIA.

Last June, Warren, now 43, admitted that on Feb. 17, 2008, he had sexually assaulted the woman on the U.S. Embassy property in Algiers, the capital of Algeria.

The government alleged in court documents that Warren had made a drink for the woman, who “consumed part of the drink and suddenly became very ill.” She passed into “semi-consciousness,” at which point he took off the woman’s clothes and “engaged in a sexual act with her,” according to court documents.

After the incident, Warren told authorities he’d had sex with the woman but said that it was consensual, the government alleged.

The CIA recalled Warren — who was first stationed in Algiers in 2007 — to the United States in October 2008. He was fired in 2009.

A second woman had also made similar allegations about Warren, but his  plea last year only applied to the February 2008 incident, according to court records.

U.S. District Ellen S. Huvelle on Thursday ordered that Warren be placed on 10 years of supervised release after his prison term and register as a sex offender.

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Private U.S. Spies Aid FBI in Afghan Probe

By Mark Mazzetti
New York Times

WASHINGTON — Not long after the Pentagon severed its relationship with a private spy network operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the F.B.I. quietly began tapping the same group to help investigate the killing of 10 medical aid workers in northern Afghanistan, according to American officials and private contractors.

The spy network, managed by Duane R. Clarridge, 78, a former top official at the Central Intelligence Agency, has provided agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Kabul with intelligence reports about militants who may have been involved in the attack, which killed six Americans last August.

How the F.B.I uses the information, and whether it has been valuable, is unclear. But that the F.B.I would use Mr. Clarridge’s group — at the same time the Pentagon is investigating whether it and other private spies were hired in Afghanistan and Pakistan in violation of Defense Department policy — shows the limits of the American government’s own information sources in the chaos of a war zone.

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If Captured Bin Laden Might Go to Gitmo, CIA Head Says

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – After almost 10 years, it seems like nothing more than a lot of “what ifs” and fantasy on the part of the U.S. government when it talks about what to do  with Osama bin Laden if he’s ever captured.

Still, CIA Director Leon Panetta testified Wednesday before a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill that the administration would probably take him to the military prison at Gitmo, the Associated Press reported.

AP’s Eileen Sullivan went on to write “that suggests that, at least under current law, bin Laden would not be transferred to US soil to be tried in the civilian court system.”

Bin laden has been indicted in federal court in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks.

But the new White House spokesman Jay Carney said, according to AP:

“The president remains committed to closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, because as our military commanders have made clear, it’s a national security priority to do so.

“I’m not going to speculate about what, you know, would happen if we were to capture Osama bin Laden.”