The CIA: Who Watches the Watchdogs?
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The CIA's Inspector General has criticized overseas prisons, interrogations and intelligence failures. Now the CIA is investigating the Inspector General. have career agents been treated unfairly? Is it a conflict of interest to investigate the investigator? Also, a possible victory over al Qaeda in Iarq, and a museum in Athens that could lead to return of the Elgin Marbles.
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Has the US Defeated al Qaeda in Iraq? ()
The US military believes that it has dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over that group. That’s according to today's Washington Post. But the paper also reports that other officials see a declaration of that kind as premature. The story was written by Thomas Ricks.
- Thomas Ricks: Military Correspondent, Washington Post
The CIA Investigates Its Own Chief Watchdog ()
The CIA is a top-secret agency, but like other government agencies, it's subject to oversight by an Inspector General, an internal watchdog with the authority to audit, inspect and investigate personnel and procedures. In his work and his reports to Congress the IG is supposed to be fair to the employees involved—and independent of the officials who call the shots. In the past few years, John Helgerson has issued scathing reports on overseas prisons, interrogations and intelligence failures. Now, CIA Director Michael Hayden is investigating Helgerson—an unprecedented review that's raised hackles on Capitol Hill. Has Helgerson been unfair to career officers, including former Director George Tenet? Will Hayden's probe intimidate whistle-blowers and compromise the Inspector General's independence?
- Greg Miller: National Security Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, @gregpmiller
- Fred Hitz: former Inspector General, CIA
- Mark Riebling: Editorial Director, Manhattan Institute's Center for Policing Terrorism
- Ken Silverstein: Washington Editor, Harper's
- Marthena Cowart: Spokeswoman, Project on Government Oversight
Parthenon Marbles Move to New Home ()
Phidias supervised the sculptures around the Parthenon during Athens' Golden Age. Christians defaced them in the 6th Century AD when the building was made a church. In 1687, the Venetian Army shelled the Acropolis and blew up the Parthenon, where the Turks had been storing gunpowder. Then in 1802, the British Lord Elgin had some of the remaining sculptures removed, and since 1816, they've been in the British Museum. Today, a massive moving project began in Athens, where three giant cranes lifted two and a half tons of marble from the Acropolis to an ultra-modern museum at the foot of the hill as part of the effort to get the so-called "Elgin Marbles" back.
- Anthony Snodgrass: Chairman, British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles
- Nicholas Paphitis: Reporter, Associated Press
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