April 2006 Intelligence News
- Azerbaijan denies hosting CIA secret prisons RIA Novosti 29 Apr 2006 -- Azerbaijan dismissed Saturday reports of CIA secret jails on its territory.
- US Army Charges Officer With Cruelty at Abu Ghraib VOA 29 Apr 2006 -- The United States Army has charged the former head of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq for his alleged involvement in the abuse of detainees.
- Key Senator Threatens to Withhold Funds For Controversial Wiretap Program VOA 27 Apr 2006 -- The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is warning the White House that he may introduce legislation to cut off funding for the secret National Security Agency wiretapping program if the Bush administration does not respond to his questions about the matter.
- Coalition Cell Develops 'Actionable Intelligence' AFPS 26 Apr 2006 -- Since Sept. 11, 2001, Americans have grown more familiar with the term "actionable intelligence," the type used to track, kill or capture terrorists.
- EP report says EU governments collaborated with CIA IRNA 26 Apr 2006 -- Sarah Ludford, a Liberal Democrat member of the European Parliament and first vice president of the EP's temporary committee investigating CIA flights and secret prisons on EU territory, welcomed the draft report tabled by the Rapporteur of the committee Giovanni Claudio Italian MEP, Wednesday.
- Source: Rove Testifying for 5th Time in CIA Leak Case VOA 26 Apr 2006 -- President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, provided more testimony Wednesday before a grand jury investigating who leaked the identity of former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame three years ago.
- US Army Officer Expected to Be Charged in Connection with Prisoner Abuse VOA 26 Apr 2006 -- A U.S. Army lieutenant colonel is expected to be charged soon in connection with the abuse of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq
- EU Investigation Accuses CIA of 1,000 Illegal Flights VOA 26 Apr 2006 -- European Parliament investigators say the CIA conducted more than 1,000 undeclared flights over European territory during the past five years
- Former minister reveals US espionage in Iran IRNA 25 Apr 2006 -- The former information minister, Ali Younesi here Tuesday disclosed for the first time some of the US espionage activities aiming to make Iran's nuclear case more critical.
- CIA Fires Officer Over Leaks to Media VOA 22 Apr 2006 -- The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says it has fired an officer for leaking classified information to the news media.
- Second Afghanistan campaign for Canadian Forces Sperwer CU161 UAVs Sagem (Safran group) 20 Apr 2006 -- Since the beginning of March, the Canadian Forces’ Sperwer CU161 UAVs have been used in the Kandahar region for the benefit of Afghanistan’s operational forces. The first flights in their operational missions were carried out successfully, with excellent availability.
- Official: New Agency Has Improved US Intelligence Gathering VOA 20 Apr 2006 -- The director of national intelligence says he has moved aggressively over the past year to improve American intelligence collection and analysis.
- Intelligence Center Coordinates Central Command Efforts AFPS 19 Apr 2006 -- The new Joint Intelligence Operations Center here looks like what Hollywood's conception of what a "war room" should look like.
- Northrop Grumman Opens $13 Million Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Production Center, Mississippi Spreads Wings in Aerospace Manufacturing Northrop Grumman 18 Apr 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today opened its Unmanned Systems Center production facility in Moss Point, Miss., where the MQ-8B Fire Scout, and portions of the RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be produced.
- SAIC Acquires Geo-Spatial Technologies, Inc. SAIC 18 Apr 2006 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has completed the acquisition of Geo-Spatial Technologies, Inc. (GSTI), a Springfield, Va., and Seattle, Wa., firm that is a leader in the research, development, and application of novel geospatial technology for advanced 3-D imaging, reconnaissance, remote sensing and mapping systems. The acquisition enhances SAIC's capability and industry position in the area of next-generation system development and integration for urban warfare and homeland security applications and operations.
- First interrogation battalion activates at Fort Sam Houston Army News 17 Apr 2006 -- The Army's first joint interrogation and debriefing battalion stood up April 12 during a ceremony at MacArthur Parade Field at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
- Air Force committed to unmanned aerial vehicle development AFPN 14 Apr 2006 -- Unmanned aerial vehicles are successfully transforming the way the Air Force does business, and the service is committed to supporting and developing more of them.
- DoD to Set Up Joint Intelligence Operations Centers Worldwide AFPS 12 Apr 2006 -- The Defense Department is moving to establish a worldwide group of joint intelligence organizations designed to rapidly gather, interpret and act on information to better meet 21st-century military needs, senior military officials said here today.
- Boeing Apache and Unmanned Little Bird Demonstrator Test Expands UAV Control Boeing 12 Apr 2006 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has demonstrated for the first time the ability of an AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter to control an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) weapon payload.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers Sixth RQ-4 Global Hawk to U.S. Air Force Northrop Grumman 12 Apr 2006 -- The U.S. Air Force's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities have grown as Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered another RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the service on April 5.
- Report: US Team Concluded Trailers in Iraq Not Mobile Weapons Labs Despite Bush Claim VOA 12 Apr 2006 -- A leading U.S. newspaper reports that a secret U.S. fact-finding mission concluded that trailers found in Iraq after the invasion had no connection to biological weapons - despite claims by President Bush that they were mobile weapons labs.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN BREAKS GROUND ON NEW CHANTILLY FACILITY Lockheed Martin 10 Apr 2006 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) held a ground-breaking ceremony today to mark the beginning of construction on its new office building in Chantilly. The new building, dubbed Stonegate II, will expand the company’s existing Chantilly operations in support of Intelligence Community and Department of Defense customers.
- Raytheon Simulation Controls Multiple UAVs and an Unmanned Surface Vehicle Raytheon 10 Apr 2006 -- Raytheon Company has successfully simulated simultaneous command and control of two unmanned air vehicles (UAV) and an unmanned surface vehicle from a single common control system.
- Bush Defends Iraq Intelligence Release VOA 10 Apr 2006 -- President Bush acknowledged Monday that he did declassify intelligence information on Iraq's weapons program, as part of an effort to rebut domestic critics of the Iraq war.
- President Bush Allegedly Responsible For Disclosure Of Pre-War Intelligence On Iraq VOA 10 Apr 2006 -- Vice President Dick Cheney's former Chief of Staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, claims it was President Bush who authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence information on Iraq
- Top Republican Urges Bush to Talk About Intelligence Disclosure VOA 09 Apr 2006 -- A leading Congressional Republican says President Bush and Vice-President Cheney should talk to the American people about their involvement in the disclosure of intelligence information on Iraq.
- U.S.: Cheney Aide Says Bush Authorized Iraq Intelligence Leak RFE/RL 07 Apr 2006 -- For three years, U.S. President George W. Bush has strongly denied charges that his administration exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and that it illegally leaked classified intelligence on Iraq to defend its decision to go to war
- More Questions Raised About Alleged Bush Iraq Disclosures VOA 07 Apr 2006 -- The White House is defending President Bush's alleged disclosure of pre-war intelligence on Iraq.
- Bush Pressed To Explain Classified Intelligence Leak RFE/RL 07 Apr 2006 -- Opposition Democrats in the United States are calling for an explanation from President George W. Bush following disclosures that Bush may have authorized the leaking of classified intelligence to counter criticism of his Iraq war policy in 2003.
- Charges dropped against Russian scientist in Swedish spy scandal RIA Novosti 07 Apr 2006 -- All charges against the Russian scientist accused of spying in Sweden have been dropped and the scientist released from custody, a source in Russia's Foreign Ministry said Friday.
- Sweden Releases Russian Researcher RFE/RL 07 Apr 2006 -- Sweden has released a Russian researcher detained nearly two months ago on suspicion of spying, after prosecutors found no grounds to press charges.
- Court Papers Say Bush Authorized Disclosure on Iraq VOA 06 Apr 2006 -- Court documents made public in Washington Thursday contend that President Bush personally authorized the disclosure of classified information on Iraq's weapons program to rebut critics of the U.S.-led invasion.
- Rice: Russia Denies in Writing Giving Saddam Info on US Military VOA 05 Apr 2006 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she has a letter from Russia assuring her it did not give Saddam Hussein information on U.S. military plans before the war.
- Local Intelligence Chiefs Targeted In Afghanistan RFE/RL 05 Apr 2006 -- Two Afghan intelligence officials, along with four militants with suspected loyalties to the Taliban, have been killed in separate attacks today and on April 4 in Afghanistan.
- Army chief concerned over Google Earth's images of key Indian installations IRNA 04 Apr 2006 -- Chief of Army Staff General J J Singh has said that Google Earth's images were posing a threat to India's security needs.
- Is US Sacrificing Openness for Security? VOA 03 Apr 2006 -- Before the terrorist attacks on the United States four-and-a-half years ago, the public had access to declassified documents concerning U.S. policy that were housed in the National Archives in Washington
- U.S. Aerial Espionage against DPRK in March KCNA 01 Apr 2006 -- The U.S. imperialists committed more than 180 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK by mobilizing reconnaissance planes with different missions in March while staging large-scale "RSOI" and "Foal Eagle" joint military exercises targeted on the DPRK, according to a military source.
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