Dick Cheney, the CIA and the 'Family Jewels'
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The CIA has released "the Family Jewels," agents' reports on 25 years of illegal activities ending in 1974. CIA Director, General Michael Hayden, says it reveals "a very different time and a very different agency." How different is the CIA now, with Dick Cheney holding the intelligence portfolio for President Bush? Also, President Bush predicts success for a new immigration bill and, on Reporter's Notebook, it's been 22 months since Katrina. New Orleans finally has a recovery plan which could free up federal money. But there's no insurance.
Immigration Bill Revived ()
The immigration bill has been revived in the Senate, and President Bush is predicting passage, but it's not clear how long the controversial measure can survive. Kathy Kiely, who covers Congress for USA Today, reports that a handful of amendments may stand in the way of its passage.
- Kathy Kiely: Reporter for USA Today
The CIA Then and Now, and the Role of Dick Cheney ()
Today, the CIA released 693 pages of reports about 25 years of illegal activities during the 1950's, 60's and 70's, a report nick-named "Family Jewels." It tells of illegal wiretaps and domestic surveillance, assassination plots and human experimentation. CIA Director, General Michael Hayden, calls it, "a glimpse of a very different time and a very different Agency." What are the differences -- and similarities -- between then and now, with Dick Cheney the President's "go-to guy" on intelligence?
- Bart Gellman: Staff writer for the Washington Post, @bartongellman
- John Prados: Senior Fellow at the National Security Archive
- Melvin A. Goodman: Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy
- Reuel Marc Gerecht: Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, @followFDD
New Orleans Gets a Citywide Recovery Plan...Finally ()
Almost two years after Katrina, New Orleans has assembled its ninth recovery plan. If the city can spend $117 million "responsibly," there's hope that a billion in federal money will follow. But insurance is a major problem, and the "uptown swells" are still unhappy about the re-opening of housing projects. Terry O'Connor, editor-in-chief of New Orleans CityBusiness magazine, has an update.
- Terry O'Connor: Editor-in-Chief of New Orleans CityBusiness magazine
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