WASHINGTON — In the early years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the U.S., the CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents then sent them home to help the U.S. kill terrorists, current and former U.S. officials said.
The CIA promised the prisoners freedom, safety for their families and millions of dollars from the agency’s secret accounts.
It was a risky gamble. Officials knew there was a chance that some prisoners might quickly spurn their deal and kill Americans.
WASHINGTON — The CIA did not know in advance that al-Qaida’s leader in Yemen was among the suspected militants targeted in a lethal drone strike last week, according to U.S. officials who said that the operation went forward under counterterrorism guidelines that were eased by the Obama administration after the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Yemen this year.
WASHINGTON – A U.S. citizen working in Syria with a militant group backed by al-Qaida conducted a suicide bombing there Sunday, in what is believed to be the first time an American has been involved in such an attack, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
The suicide attack first surfaced Tuesday in Twitter messages from the Nusra Front, an Islamist extremist group in Syria aligned with al-Qaida in the fight against the government of President Bashar Assad of Syria.
Penny Lane: The secret Guantanamo Bay facility where CIA turned prisoners into double agents WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early years after 9/11, the CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents then sent them home to help the U.S. kill terrorists, current and former U.S. officials said.
ISLAMABAD — Missiles from U.S. drones slammed into militant hideouts overnight in northwestern Pakistan, killing 13 suspected insurgents and marking the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break, officials said Thursday.
The two separate drone strikes sparked swift condemnation by the Pakistani government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the strikes, are a violation of Pakistani sovereignty and territorial integrity.
WASHINGTON — American embassies, military units and other U.S. interests are preparing for possible security threats related to the release of a report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Foreign governments and U.S. intelligence agencies are predicting that the release of a Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA will cause “violence and deaths” abroad, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday.
WASHINGTON — CIA officers improperly accessed U.S. Senate computers, read the emails of Senate staff, and exhibited a “lack of candour” when interviewed by agency investigators, according to a declassified CIA inspector general’s report.
The document, released Thursday by the CIA, is a summary of an internal CIA investigation that prompted CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant posture in the matter and apologize to Senate Intelligence Committee leaders.
Months before he was finally found by the CIA and killed, Osama bin Laden wrote that it might be time for him to move.
In a letter voicing deep frustration with the isolation at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the al-Qaida leader contemplated a departure that might have ¬altered the course of post-Sept. 11, 2001, history.