January 2004 Intelligence News
- Wolfowitz Defends Intelligence Community VOA News 31 Jan 2004 -- U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz says even though weapons of mass destruction have not been found in Iraq, the war was still necessary.
- Former Inspector's WMD Assertions Raise New Questions About US Intelligence Community VOA News 31 Jan 2004 -- The assertion by the former chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq that prewar intelligence on Iraq's weapons was flawed has sparked intense partisan debate. It has also sent shock waves through U.S. intelligence agencies, which are now on the firing line for some sharp criticism. New questions being raised about how U.S. intelligence agencies conduct their business.
- Iraq: U.S. Ponders Failure Of Intelligence On Banned Weapons RFE/RL 30 Jan 2004 -- U.S. intelligence agencies were criticized for failing to anticipate the terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001. Now, the country's former chief weapons inspector in Iraq says these same spy services were unable to determine how well -- or how poorly -- Iraq was armed in the weeks preceding last spring's war.
- Bush Demands Facts on Iraqi WMDs VOA News 30 Jan 2004 -- President Bush says he wants to know why U.S. intelligence analysts said Iraq was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. The threat from those weapons was the president's biggest justification for going to war, but none of those weapons has yet been found. The president stopped short of endorsing calls for an independent panel.
- Former British Foreign Minister says Govt. Should Admit Iraq Intelligence was Wrong VOA News 30 Jan 2004 -- A leading opponent of Britain's involvement in the Iraq war says the government should admit its intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction was wrong.
- NAVY DENIES OFFICERS LEAKED MILITARY SECRETS CNA 30 Jan 2004 -- The ROC Navy transfered three officers from their current posts Friday for "associating inappropriately" with a former woman aide to a legislator but denied that they had leaked any classified information to the woman.
- Coroner to decide whether to hold full inquest into Kelly`s death IRNA 30 Jan 2004 -- Local coroner Nicholas Gardiner is to decide within the next month or so whether to hold a full inquest into the death of Iraq weapons expert David Kelly.
- Sacked BBC chief hits back at Hutton report IRNA 30 Jan 2004 -- Former BBC Director General Greg Dyke started Friday to hit back at Lord Hutton`s controversial report into the death of Iraq arms inspector David Kelly, saying the former Law Lord was "quite clearly wrong" on some points of law in his findings.
- KAY ON WMD: REVEALING FLAWED INTEL OR A 'PYRAMID OF LIES'? US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 29 Jan 2004
- U.K.: Britain's BBC Reeling From Shockwave Of Hutton Report RFE/RL 29 Jan 2004 -- Britain is reeling from yesterday's release of the long-awaited Hutton report into the death of government weapons expert David Kelly. Senior judge Lord Brian Hutton found that Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government did not try to mislead the nation about the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. But the BBC did not escape so easily. The national broadcaster has been thrown into what's been called its biggest crisis in 50 years.
- Unmanned planes: eyes in sky Marine Corps News 29 Jan 2004-- Forward observers are Marines who push ahead of military units to conduct reconnaissance for the main body of Marines coming behind them.
- BBC Chair Apologizes for Errors Contained in Iraq Broadcast VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has accepted an apology from the British Broadcasting Corporation for errors it made in reporting that his government deliberately exaggerated Iraq's weapons threat before the war. A senior judge had harshly criticized the BBC's reporting one day earlier.
- Hutton report leaves many unanswered questions IRNA 29 Jan 2004 -- The Hutton report into the death of former arms inspector David Kelly received a mixed reception from the British press Thursday, with several dailies describing the failure to criticize the role of the government as a "whitewash."
- Hutton to give own evidence on role of government inquiries IRNA 29 Jan 2004 -- day after presenting his controversial report into the circumstances leading to the death of former Iraq arms inspector David Kelly, it was announced Thursday that Lord Hutton has agreed to give his own evidence to an inquiry.
- Hutton Report a "threat to independent journalism" IRNA 29 Jan 2004 -- Britain`s National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Thursday expressed support for BBC defence correspondent Andrew Gillian after he was criticised by the Hutton Report on the circumstances of the death of Iraq arms inspector David Kelly.
- Judge Clears Blair of Wrongdoing in Handling Pre-War Intelligence VOA News 28 Jan 2004 -- A British judge has cleared Prime Minister Tony Blair of wrongdoing in the handling of intelligence before the war in Iraq. The senior judge also concluded that Mr. Blair's team did nothing seriously wrong in dealing with a government weapons scientist who had spoken to the media and later committed suicide. But the judge said the British Broadcasting Corporation made errors in reporting on intelligence issues and fielding complaints about its coverage.
- Former US Inspector Criticizes Faulty Intelligence in Iraq Weapons Search VOA News 28 Jan 2004 -- Former chief U.S. weapons inspector David Kay is blaming faulty intelligence for the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Mr. Kay testified before Congress Wednesday.
- Report of the Inquiry into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Dr David Kelly C.M.G. by Lord Hutton The Hutton Inquiry 28 Jan 2004
- No one at fault` for Kelly`s death, says Hutton IRNA 28 Jan 2004 -- The head of the inquiry into the death of David Kelly, said Wednesday that he had concluded that "no one was at fault" for not contemplating that the former Iraq arms inspector would commit suicide last July.
- Kelly report sides with government against BBC IRNA 28 Jan 2004 -- Lord Hutton Wednesday presented a damning report against the behavior of the BBC at the expense of clearing the government any wrong-doings in the circumstances that led to the death of former Iraq arms inspector David Kelly last July.
- Blair basks in `exoneration` of Kelly`s death IRNA 28 Jan 2004 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair Wednesday demanded full retraction from those who accused him and his government of dishonorable or duplicitous behavior in relations to the death of former Iraq arms inspector David Kelly.
- Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout UAV Officially Joins the Army Northrop Grumman 27 Jan 2004 -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-built Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle system has officially lifted off as the Class IV unmanned aerial system (UAS) for the U.S. Army's Future Combat System (FCS).
- Iraq becoming a breeding ground for al-Qaeda: Germany`s Hanning IRNA 27 Jan 2004 -- The head of Germany`s Federal Intelligence Agency has warned that Iraq was on the best way of becoming the breeding ground for al-Qaeda terrorists, press reports said Tuesday.
- Medical doubts that Kelly committed suicide IRNA 27 Jan 2004 -- Three special medical professionals Tuesday expressed doubts whether former Iraq arms inspector David Kelly committed suicide, as presumed, after being named as the source of a BBC report claiming the government exaggerated Iraq`s arms threat.
- Chief U.S. Weapon Hunter In Iraq Quits RFE/RL 24 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) said yesterday that David Kay has quit his post as leader of the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
- DCI ANNOUNCES DUELFER TO SUCCEED KAY AS SPECIAL ADVISOR Central Intelligence Agency 23 Jan 2004 -- Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet announced today that Dr. David Kay will be stepping down as his Special Advisor for Strategy regarding Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Programs. The DCI also announced that Dr. Kay will be succeeded by Charles A. Duelfer, who served as Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM) from 1993 until its termination in 2000 and is currently a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
- U.S.: Congress Asked To Probe Leak Of CIA Agent's Identity RFE/RL 23 Jan 2004 -- A group of former officials of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are urging Congress to hold hearings into the U.S. administration's reported role in revealing the identity of a CIA operative. The operative is the wife of a former American ambassador who directly challenged President George W. Bush's assertion about Iraq's nuclear weapons capability. The Justice Department already is investigating the case, prompting some observers to question whether a congressional inquiry would be superfluous or, at worst, might interfere with the existing probe. But other experts say a congressional investigation might be the only way to push ahead with a potentially politically damaging probe the White House may be trying to stall.
- CONGRESS/C-I-A LEAK PROBE VOA 22 Jan 2004 -- Democratic lawmakers are stepping up demands for an independent investigation into the still un-resolved leak to media last year of the name of a C-I-A officer. The renewed demands come as 10 former C-I-A employees sent a letter to Democrat and Republican leaders in Congress saying the unauthorized disclosure seriously damaged U-S national security.
- Pakistan raises issue of embassy bugging with Britain IRNA 22 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan has taken up the issue of alleged bugging of its embassy in Britain with high-ranking British officials, Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri said.
- Afghanistan: U.S. Rejects Claims Of Civilian Deaths, Rules Out 'Poor Intelligence' RFE/RL 21 Jan 2004 -- U.S. military officials in Afghanistan are denying claims by local Afghan officials that a recent airstrike killed 11 civilians in the southern province of Oruzgan. And they are rejecting accusations that poor intelligence and indiscriminate shooting may have led U.S. forces to kill women and children.
- Army Deploys 'Shadow' Unmanned Air Vehicle in Iraq AFPS 20 Jan 2004 -- Having better intelligence than your enemy is vital to the success of a military operation, and the current situation in Iraq is no exception.
- SIX LAWYERS CONTRACTED TO AID DETAINED TAIWAN BUSINESSMEN IN MAINLAND CNA 20 Jan 2004 -- Six lawyers were contracted by the quasi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Tuesday to offer help to the seven Taiwan businessmen who are being detained in mainland China over espionage charges.
- TAIWAN BUSINESSMEN DETAINED IN CHINA TO BE `RESCUED': VP CNA 19 Jan 2004 -- The government will "rescue" several Taiwan businessmen detained in mainland China for alleged spying by appealing for international assistance through human rights organizations, Vice President Annette Lu said Monday.
- UK intelligence officer to face secrets charge next month IRNA 19 Jan 2004 -- A British intelligence officer, accused of leaking a confidential memo about alleged American dirty tricks in the run-up to the Iraq war, is to face charges under the UK`s Official Secrets Act next month.
- Powell says Saddam reveals little "useful intelligence" PLA Daily 17 Jan 2004 -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was speaking to his US captors, but he had not revealed much "useful intelligence."
- Captured Taiwan spies meet press; say being used by Chen Shui-bian PLA Daily 17 Jan 2004 -- Seven Taiwan residents on charges of spying for Taiwan's military said Friday they were used by the military intelligence authorities of Taiwan to collect intelligence on the Chinese mainland.
- MAC CALLS FOR BEIJING TO RESPECT RIGHTS OF DETAINED ROC CITIZENS CNA 16 Jan 2004 -- A Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official urged mainland Chinese authorities Friday to respect the judicial rights of the seven Republic of China citizens who have been in custody on the mainland since last month on espionage charges.
- MAC INSISTS NO TAIWAN BUSINESSMAN SPYING IN MAINLAND CHINA CNA 16 Jan 2004 -- The Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) insisted Friday that no Taiwan businessmen operating in mainland China have been spying, contradicting claims by Beijing.
- GOVERNMENT CRITICIZES BEIJING FOR DISPLAYING ALLEGED TAIWAN SPIES CNA 16 Jan 2004 -- It is "inhumane" and "unacceptable" for mainland China to let the media cover Taiwan businessmen arrested for allegedly working as spies for Taiwan, an Executive Yuan spokesman said Friday.
- Taiwan man arrested on spy charge PLA Daily 16 Jan 2004 -- A Chinese mainland organization Thursday informed Taiwan of the arrest of Li Xianglong, a Taiwanese resident, on charges of spying for Taiwan's military.
- GOVERNMENT URGES BEIJING FAIR TREATMENT FOR ALLEGED SPIES CNA 14 Jan 2004 -- A government spokesman called on the mainland Chinese authorities Wednesday to openly and fairly probe allegations surrounding seven Taiwan businessmen who were arrested last month in the mainland with charges of spying for Taiwan.
- SEF MUM ON BEIJING'S LETTER REGARDING TAIWAN SPY ARRESTS CNA 14 Jan 2004 -- Officials from the quasi-official intermediary Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) on Wednesday declined to comment on reports regarding the arrests of seven Taiwan citizens by mainland Chinese authorities last month on charges of espionage.
- CHINA/TAIWAN SPIES VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- China has released the names of seven of the 24 Taiwanese nationals it arrested last month on charges of espionage. The disclosure of the names is seen as a move by the mainland to discredit Taiwan's pro-independence president.
- State Department Conference Revisits the 1967 Attack on the U.S.S. Liberty Washington File 13 Jan 2004 -- More than 35 years after Israel's attack on the U.S. signals intelligence ship U.S.S. Liberty, the event remains a source of lively controversy between those who believe the attack was the result of an unfortunate series of errors and those who insist it was a deliberate act on the part of Israel.
- Sagem: successful Acceptance Test Flights for the French SDTI UAV Sagem (Safran group) 12 Jan 2004 -- The SDTI (Système de Drones Tactiques Intérimaire – Interim Tactical UAV System) which will equip the French Land Forces from mid 2004 and on, has completed its acceptance flight test campaign at the flight test centre of Istres (South of France). The system has performed, within the planned schedule, all the acceptance tests required by the French DGA.
- Ridge Says Intelligence Review Led to Reduced Terrorist Threat Alert Washington File 09 Jan 2004 -- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says that after a careful review of available intelligence the national terrorist attack warning level has been lowered to "elevated" from a "high" risk of attack.
- US to build Balkan anti-terrorism center in Bulgaria PLA Daily 07 Jan 2004 -- The United States will build a "Balkan anti-terrorism center" in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, the Bulgarian newspaper "24 hours" reported on Monday.
- Northrop Grumman-built Fire Scout UAV Scores Its Own Century Mark On 100th Anniversary of Manned Flight Northrop Grumman 06 Jan 2004 -- On Dec. 17, the 100th anniversary of manned flight, the U.S. Navy's RQ-8A Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV) system made its own history by completing its 100th consecutive successful flight.
- Agency's Name Changes, But Mission Continues AFPS 02 Jan 2004 -- What's in a name? The director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said his organization's new name more accurately reflects its mission than its old name did, but he's quick to add that doesn't mean the agency itself has changed much.
- US/BRITAIN VOA 01 Jan 2004 -- Declassified British government documents show that the British government believed the United States contemplated using force to seize Middle East oilfields during the 1973 Arab oil crisis.
- Over 180 Cases of U.S. Aerial Espionage KCNA 01 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. imperialist war maniacs committed aerial espionage on the DPRK at least on 180 occasions in December by mobilizing strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes of different missions, according to a military source.
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