Friday, 15 August 2014

CIA Spies on US Senate

Inquiry by C.I.A. Affirms It Spied on Senate Panel

WASHINGTON — An internal investigation by the C.I.A. has found that its officers penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its damning report on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program.
The report by the agency’s inspector general also found that C.I.A. officers read the emails of the Senate investigators and sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department based on false information, according to a summary of findings made public on Thursday. One official with knowledge of the report’s conclusions said the investigation also discovered that the officers created a false online identity to gain access on more than one occasion to computers used by the committee staff.

The inspector general’s account of how the C.I.A. secretly monitored a congressional committee charged with supervising its activities touched off angry criticism from members of the Senate and amounted to vindication for Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee’s Democratic chairwoman, who excoriated the C.I.A. in March when the agency’s monitoring of committee investigators became public.
A statement issued Thursday morning by a C.I.A. spokesman said that John O. Brennan, the agency’s director, had apologized to Ms. Feinstein and the committee’s ranking Republican, Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, and would set up an internal accountability board to review the issue. The statement said that the board, which will be led by a former Democratic senator, Evan Bayh of Indiana, could recommend “potential disciplinary measures” and “steps to address systemic issues.”
But anger among lawmakers grew throughout the day. Leaving a nearly three-hour briefing about the report in a Senate conference room, members of both parties called for the C.I.A. officers to be held accountable, and some said they had lost confidence in Mr. Brennan’s leadership. “This is a serious situation and there are serious violations,” said Mr. Chambliss, generally a staunch ally of the intelligence community. He called for the C.I.A. employees to be “dealt with very harshly.”
Senator Mark Udall, Democrat of Colorado and another member of the Intelligence Committee, demanded Mr. Brennan’s resignation. “The C.I.A. unconstitutionally spied on Congress by hacking into the Senate Intelligence Committee computers,” he said in a written statement. “This grave misconduct not only is illegal but it violates the U.S. Constitution’s requirement of separation of powers.………“These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the C.I.A., demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences,” he added.

Information Shared By: MARK MAZZETTI *American Journalist
Edited By: Kanwal Abidi *Political Analyst & Pakistani Journalist
              JULY 31, 2014

Libya Update

509 stranded Pakistanis evacuated from Libya by
special PIA flight – more flights to be sent

As per Prime Minister’s instructions, 509 stranded Pakistanis in Libya were successfully brought back to Pakistan, yesterday, through a special PIA flight. Earlier, over 2000 Pakistanis have been evacuated by land routes through the neighbouring countries. At a time when the security situation in Libya has deteriorated sharply and many essential services have become dysfunctional, conducting this massive operation has been a formidable task, only made possible by exceptional cooperation among the Embassy in Tripoli, PIA, Aviation Division, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A Crisis Management Cell set up in the Foreign Office is coordinating this gigantic relief and evacuation operation, necessitated by the resumed in-fighting in Libya which has an expatriate Pakistani community of around 18000.

A number of additional flights are being organized to evacuate thousands of stranded Pakistanis in Libya. Over 1200 Pakistanis, mostly destitute, are currently housed at the relief camps setup by the Pakistan Embassy in Libya and the number is increasing by the day. 


Information by : Foreign Office, Islamabad

Editor: Kanwal Abidi (Political Analyst & Journalist)