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CIA Finally Investigating Its Inspector General

From an outraged Associated Press:

CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden speaks at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance dinner in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007.

Reports: CIA Chief Investigating IG

Reports: CIA Director Ordered Investigation of Agency’s Inspector General


The work of the CIA’s in-house investigator who found fault with the agency’s handling of the Sept. 11 attacks is being subjected to an internal review, published reports say.

The move, which is highly unusual, has raised concerns that CIA Director Michael Hayden is trying to squelch the investigations of Inspector General John Helgerson, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times reported Friday, citing anonymous officials.

Helgerson has been aggressive in his investigations of the CIA, criticizing senior figures including former Director George Tenet and officers involved in the agency’s detention of terrorist suspects…

Helgerson has been highly critical of the CIA. In a report in August, for example, he concluded that Tenet and other senior leaders never developed a comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaida and missed crucial opportunities to thwart two hijackers in the run-up to the Sept. 11 attacks. The agency recently declassified portions of the embarrassing findings under congressional orders.

Helgerson has also been highly critical, in classified reports, of the agency’s treatment of detainees.

The papers said the review was focusing on complaints that Helgerson’s office has not been impartial and has assumed guilt on the part of agency operatives, particularly those who participated in the agency’s detention programs.

Mr. Helgerson should have been investigated a long time ago.

Lest we forget, he was the mentor of Mary McCarthy, the CIA’s in-house conduit to Dana Priest.

And we see how well that turned out.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 12th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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