CIA officer Mary O. McCarthy mistreated when she should be honored.
- CIA officer Mary O. McCarthy mistreated when she should be honored.CIA officer Mary O'Neil McCarthy admitted contact is Washington Post reporter Dana Priest revealing details of a secret airline and prison network that the CIA officers used to detain and interrogate high-level Al Qaeda suspects, a network of secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe.The tortured reasoning was greeted with widespread scorn by the US legal profession and in August 2004 roundly condemned by the American Bar Association, 12 former federal judges, former Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, former FBI Director William Sessions, and many others. The ABA formally condemned the administration's treatment of detainees and called upon it to "comply fully" with the US Constitution and international laws and conventions ratified by the US that outlaw torture. It was that same year, 2004, when the torture of prisoners was depicted in the leaked photos from Abu Ghraib, that Mary McCarthy returned to the CIA from a sabbatical that followed her stint at the White House.Comment: Operating a secret prison is a war crime. All employees of the US government have a duty to report war crimes and if need be, to go public with about any and all crimes conducted by the US and host nation military or police forces per the Geneva and Hague Conventions and DoD Directive 5100.77.CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano re-affirmed that a CIA official had been fired on April 21, 2006 after acknowledging unauthorized contacts with the media and discussion of classified information with journalists.Gimigliano and other administration spokespersons said they were prohibited by law from disclosing the identity of the person who was fired. But government officials familiar with the matter confirmed to NEWSWEEK that McCarthy, a 20-year veteran of the CIA’s intelligence or analytical branch, was the individual in question.Comment: So where is the investigation into who leaked her name?McCarthy began working for the CIA in 1984 as an analyst for Africa in the Directorate of Intelligence. She served as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Warning from 1991 to 1994 and as National Intelligence Officer for Warning from 1994 to 1996. In 1998, she succeeded Rand Beers, as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs. She remained at the NSC until July 2001, when she left to take a position with the Center for Strategic and International Studies as a Visiting Fellow in International Security. It has been reported that she returned to CIA in a capacity within the Office of the Inspector General in 2005 and was fired on April 21, 2006, just ten days short of her becoming eligible for retirement.It was 2004, when the torture of prisoners was depicted in the leaked photos from Abu Ghraib, when Mary McCarthy returned to the CIA from a sabbatical that followed her stint at the White House. Mary McCarthy assumed a position in the office of CIA Inspector General John Helgersen, who is responsible for internal investigations of wrongdoing by the agency and has extraordinary access to secrets deprived to others under the need-to-know principle. It is well known that agency personnel, who witnessed torture by the US military in Guantanamo, for example, complained to superiors and to the White House. It is a safe bet that some agency officers also registered objections to "extraordinary rendition," including kidnapping and transporting "terrorist suspects" to so-called black prison camps for interrogation - "with the gloves off," in the swaggering words of then CIA chief counter-terrorism official Cofer Black.In addition, some CIA officers may have learned of the warrantless eavesdropping in violation of NSA's "eleventh commandment" - thou shall not spy on Americans. In any event, it is certainly safe to say that Helgersen's IG account had become a growth industry, with a requirement for all the professional help it can muster. When Mary McCarthy came on board, she no doubt gained inside insight into complaints of a variety of abuses.Robert David Steele, a former intelligence officer associated with the open source intelligence movement, issued a press release praising McCarthy's actions in leaking information claiming, "There is absolutely no question that Mary acted in the finest traditions of the Republic, helping reveal and reduce terrible violations of international law and human rights by the CIA."Ray McGovern, who worked as a CIA analyst for 27 years, suggested that if McCarthy leaked the information about "black sites," "if she's in the chain of command and she sees these kinds of crimes being perpetrated, under Nuremberg and other international law, she is required... to do something."CIA Director Porter Goss, the staffers he brought with him from Congress (not-so-affectionately known as "the gosslings” and 35-year CIA veteran, Inspector General John Helgersen - are determined to show their patron, Vice President Dick Cheney, some results from the unprecedented rash of "single-issue" polygraph tests now being administered to CIA employees. Beware, all ye who have let the word "media" slip into consciousness. It's sweaty-palms time at CIA headquarters. his "independent" Inspector General Danny Kaye - oops, I meanTerrorism expert Rand Beers, a Democratic campaign advisor, commented that CIA Director Porter "Goss and company were just looking for someone to fire to prove that they were serious about leak investigation. And they could portray her as political."Former CIA officer Melissa Boyle Mahle told Keith Olbermann on MSNBC' that many in the CIA consider the leak investigation a "witch hunt" (24 April 2006)According to The Washington Post, the White House has "recently barraged the agency with questions about the political affiliations of some of its senior intelligence officers."The Washington Post reported that, according to intelligence officials, the White House has been asking the CIA questions about the political affiliations of some of its senior intelligence officers. Has the CIA been complying with the White House’s requests?Publications from former CIA employees with current agency contracts are always vetted by the agency to ensure no classified information is revealed. Now, though, their work is inspected and can be killed for comments that don’t involve classified information but “impair the individual’s ability to do his or her job or the CIA’s ability to conduct its mission as a nonpartisan, nonpolicy agency of the executive branch” or prevented from publishing anything CIA censors think reflects poorly on the agency or the administration.The White House also has recently barraged the agency with questions about the political affiliations of some of its senior intelligence officers, according to intelligence officials.
The administration's response to the ills of the intelligence agencies has been to further politicize them, to put them under more reliable political control. And that's not surprising either since, from the White House perspective, the failures of the intelligence agencies weren't not getting it right on WMD and other issues. It was getting it more right and then wrong and then talking about what had happened to the press......
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/008283.phpNSA Director, Lt. Gen. Keith lied to visiting House intelligence committee member Rush Holt (D-NJ) telling him that NSA did not eavesdrop on Americans without a court order.Congressman Peter Hoekstra’s Criticism of the Islamic Society of North AmericaRep. Hoekstra R-Mich, (January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2011) and Sue Myrick, R- NC sent an open letter to then Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales regarding the Islamic Society of North America.In a letter to then-Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Reps. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican and ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sue Myrick, North Carolina Republican, called the Justice Department's involvement a "grave mistake."The initial Indy Star report notes that, "[w]ith roughly 40,000 attendees, the ISNA convention is the largest annual gathering of Muslims on the continent."The program for the convention shows the diversity of this group's concerns. It includes sessions on social justice, torture, "re-inventing the mosque for our children," community clinics, career development for young professionals, promoting civic engagement, "Islam amongst Latino Americans," just to name a few. But perhaps the most newsworthy aspects of the convention include the fact that representatives of several agencies of the federal government and that the Rabbi Eric Yoffie "became the most prominent Jewish leader ever to address the group's annual convention." Representatives of the Justice Department, Defense Department, and USAID were on hand to speak to the group. The Justice Department is co-sponsored the convention.Hoekstra stated: "In light of the threat that our nation ... is currently facing from radical jihadists, and because of the president's commitment to fighting the war on terror on all fronts, we believe it is a grave mistake to provide legitimacy to an organization with extremist origins, leadership and a radical agenda," the lawmakers said.The amendment, which was approved by a voice vote to a spending measure, states that "no funds appropriated under this act may be used to support a conference sponsored by any organization named as an unindicted co-conspirator by the government in any criminal prosecution."Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota), a featured speaker at the event, also dismissed the criticism, calling it ill-informed. Islamic Society of North America an unindicted co-conspirator in an ongoing federal terrorist funding case The NYT story notes that, in the Texas trial, "federal prosecutors named the Islamic Society of North America as part of an effort to raise money for groups the government considers terrorists, but did not charge it with wrongdoing."Justice rebuffed the criticism.According to an e-mail from Susana Lorenzo-Giguere, acting deputy chief of the Voting Rights Division, the plan to "co-sponsor an exhibit booth" will involve sending government lawyers to man it for the Labor Day weekend event in Illinois.
"This is an important outreach opportunity, and a chance to reach a community that is at once very much discriminated against, and very wary of the national government and its willingness to protect them," Mrs. Lorenzo-Giguere said in an e-mail obtained by The Washington Times.Howard Dean also spoke to the group. Dean told them, "You need to run for political office."And, as noted above, Rabbi Eric Yoffie "became the most prominent Jewish leader ever to address the group's annual convention." Apparently, he was quite well-received. Here's a bit on Yoffie's talk, according to the New York Times:Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, denounced by name Christian fundamentalists like Pat Robertson and Franklin Graham, as well as Dennis Prager, a well-known radio host who is Jewish.“The time has come to stand up to the opportunists, the media figures, the religious leaders and politicians who demonize Muslims and bash Islam, exploiting the fears of their fellow citizens for their own purposes,” Rabbi Yoffie told the opening session.The president of the Union for Reform Judaism accused American media, politicians and religious groups on Friday of demonizing Islam.Addressing the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, Rabbi Eric Yoffie said Muslims have been turned into "satanic figures."--------------As of September 17, 2007, some news outlets reported that the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (Ranking Member) Rep. Pete Hoekstra had overseen had created "erroneous" and "misleading" reports about Iran's nuclear capabilities. "Among the committee's assertions is that Iran is producing weapons-grade uranium at its facility in the town of Natanz. The IAEA called that "incorrect", noting that weapons-grade uranium is enriched to a level of 90 percent or more. Iran has enriched uranium to 3.5 percent under IAEA monitoring."As the postwar report by the Senate Select Intelligence Committee showed, the U.S. intelligence community got it completely wrong about Iraq – it turned out that there were no WMD in Iraq at all for a decade prior to the president's decision to go to war. In fact, the intelligence was so bad, and so far off track, that legitimate questions arose in the aftermath of the invasion about how the decision makers in the Bush administration used this intelligence, and if there was any willful misrepresentation, or indeed outright fabrication, of intelligence by those who supported invading Iraq.18 US Code 2441 (the War Crimes Act of 1996 condemning torture)US criminal code, the War Crimes Act (18 USC 2441)