Ex-CIA Officer Tries to Clear Her Name (Extra Scene from ‘The Italian Job’) – Vice News Published on Nov 10, 2015


Sabrina De Sousa is one of nearly two-dozen CIA officers who was prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced by Italian courts in absentia in 2009 for the role she allegedly played in the rendition of a radical cleric named Abu Omar. It was the first and only criminal prosecution that has ever taken place related to the CIA’s rendition program, which involved more than 100 suspected terrorists and the assistance of dozens of European countries.

But De Sousa, a dual US and Portuguese citizen, said she had nothing to do with the cleric’s abduction and has been wrongly accused. For the past decade, she has been on a global quest to clear her name. VICE News met up with De Sousa in Lisbon, Portugal–and other key figures connected to the case–for an exclusive interview about the steps she’s now taking in an effort to hold the CIA accountable for one of the most notorious counterterrorism operations in the history of the agency.

In this extra scene, Sabrina De Sousa explains how she’s used the Freedom of Information Act to help further her defense.

Watch the VICE News Interview with Michael Morell – http://bit.ly/1Nv6SMJ

An Ex-CIA Officer Speaks Out: The Italian Job – Published on Nov 3, 2015


Sabrina De Sousa is one of nearly two-dozen CIA officers who was prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced by Italian courts in absentia in 2009 for the role she allegedly played in the rendition of a radical cleric named Abu Omar. It was the first and only criminal prosecution that has ever taken place related to the CIA’s rendition program, which involved more than 100 suspected terrorists and the assistance of dozens of European countries.

But De Sousa, a dual US and Portuguese citizen, said she had nothing to do with the cleric’s abduction and has been wrongly accused. For the past decade, she has been on a global quest to clear her name. VICE News met up with De Sousa in Lisbon, Portugal–and other key figures connected to the case–for an exclusive interview about the steps she’s now taking in an effort to hold the CIA accountable for one of the most notorious counterterrorism operations in the history of the agency.

Watch: The Architect – http://bit.ly/1IKnChi

An Ex-CIA Officer Speaks Out: The Italian Job (Trailer) – Vice News Published on Oct 27, 2015


Sabrina De Sousa is one of nearly two-dozen CIA officers who was prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced by Italian courts in absentia in 2009 for the role she allegedly played in the rendition of a radical cleric named Abu Omar. It was the first and only criminal prosecution that has ever taken place related to the CIA’s rendition program, which involved more than 100 suspected terrorists and the assistance of dozens of European countries.

But De Sousa, a dual US and Portuguese citizen, said she had nothing to do with the cleric’s abduction and has been wrongly accused. For the past decade, she has been on a global quest to clear her name. VICE News met up with De Sousa in Lisbon, Portugal–and other key figures connected to the case–for an exclusive interview about the steps she’s now taking in an effort to hold the CIA accountable for one of the most notorious counterterrorism operations in the history of the agency.

Watch: The Architect – http://bit.ly/1IKnChi

CIA relents in secrecy fight on presidential intelligence briefings – By JOSH GERSTEIN 09/15/15, 09:58 PM EDT


The briefings detail reaction to some of the biggest crises of the 1960s.

CIA Director John Brennan

After decades of stiff resistance, the CIA is preparing to pull back the curtain—to an extent—on one of the most vaunted rituals in the intelligence world: the daily briefing delivered to American presidents on world events and global threats.

At a conference in Austin, Texas Wednesday, the spy agency is set to release about 2,500 President’s Daily Briefs and similar reports delivered to President John F. Kennedy and then to President Lyndon Johnson during a nearly-eight-year span in the 1960s. The briefings detail the evolution of the war in Vietnam and responses to events like the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Six-Day War in the Middle East.

The move to release documents that are over 40 years old may seem far from radical, but it represents a reversal of longstanding CIA claims that disclosing PDBs—even years after the fact—would endanger national security by exposing the manner in which presidents receive and digest intelligence.

If victory has 1000 fathers, so, too, does transparency, it seems. CIA Director John Brennan is flying out to the Johnson Presidential Library for the unveiling, which will also be attended by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Brennan’s prominence as the event’s keynote speaker and the CIA’s promotion of it as “the biggest release of President’s Daily Briefs ever” has many CIA watchers puzzling about how the spy agency went from insisting that the PDB be sacrosanct to trumpeting their publication.

At a rare news conference at CIA headquarters last year prompted by release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on brutal interrogations of prisoners in the war on terror, Brennan did not sound like a man eager to bring more sunshine to the CIA’s work.

“I think there’s more than enough transparency that has happened over the last couple days. I think it’s over the top,” Brennan quipped then.

For its part, the White House says the first-ever release of a trove of presidential intelligence briefings stems from pro-transparency policies put in place by President Barack Obama.

 

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http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/cia-presidential-intelligence-briefings-213661

An Apology to Every Single American (Excerpt from VICE News’ Interview with Michael Morell) – Published on Jul 8, 2015


When al Qaeda terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Michael Morell was with President George W. Bush at an elementary school in Florida as the CIA’s daily briefer. The events that unfolded on that fateful day are just some of the many national security disasters that Morell, the former acting director of the CIA, has been at the center of since 9/11. The veteran intelligence official has spent much of his 30-year career out of the public eye, but he’s stepping out of the shadows to talk about his new book The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism — From al Qa’ida to ISIS.

VICE News met with Morell at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California, and spoke with him about the Iraq war, the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program, and what he refers to as “the new era of terrorism.”

In this excerpt, Morell admits that the intelligence the CIA produced about Saddam Hussein’s nuclear intentions, which paved the way to war, was flawed. Morell is one of the first CIA officials to come clean about this fact, and to apologize for getting the intelligence wrong.

Watch the VICE News Interview with Michael Morell – http://bit.ly/1Nv6SMJ

Former CIA Deputy Director Apologizes for Flawed Iraq War Intel – Vice News Published on Jun 25, 2015


When al Qaeda terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Michael Morell was with President George W. Bush at an elementary school in Florida as the CIA’s daily briefer. The events that unfolded on that fateful day are just some of the many national security disasters that Morell, the former acting director of the CIA, has been at the center of since 9/11. The veteran intelligence official has spent much of his 30-year career out of the public eye, but he’s stepping out of the shadows to talk about his new book The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism — From al Qa’ida to ISIS.

VICE News met with Morell at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California, and spoke with him about the Iraq war, the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program, and what he refers to as “the new era of terrorism.”