Sunday, April 5, 2015


Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): A federal judge has ruled that the CIA doesn't have to release documents pertaining to a review, called the 2009 Panetta Review, regarding material the Senate requested about the CIA's interrogation program that many senators contend involved the torture of terror suspects.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): The U.S. FBI confirmed that Zulkifli bin Hir, one of its "most wanted terrorists," was killed in a raid in the Philippines in January. The U.S. State Department had offered $5 million for the arrest of bin Hir, a Malaysian member of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah militant group behind numerous bombing attacks in the Philippines.

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA): Nearly 18 months after the Silk Road online drug market was busted by law enforcement, the criminal charges rippling out from the case have now come full circle: back to two of the law enforcement agents involved in the investigation, one of whom is accused of being the Silk Road’s mole inside the Drug Enforcement Agency.

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO): Maj. Gen. Stephen Denker, the former director of air, space and cyberspace operations at Headquarters Air Force Space Command, has been assigned to the position of deputy director at the NRO.  The announcement came from the U.S. Air Force's chief of staff.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI): The ODNI was created in 2004 to serve as central authority for intelligence activities in the United States. To illustrate its mission, it created a poster illustrating a series of eight goals  that the agency believed would lead to "the most insightful intelligence possible." Unfortunately, this list of goals, which is still in use today, does not include language related to privacy, civil liberties, or the Constitution.

Bureau of Intelligence and Research (BIR): Though it's not widely known, the State Department has a spy agency known as the BIR. It is as much a part of the intelligence community as the CIA or DIA and works in the same highly restricted, security-conscious environment.

Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

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