Fred Hitz

former Inspector General, CIA

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First Presidentially appointed Inspector General of the CIA (1990 -1998); Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School

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In 2005, the  CIA  destroyed videotape that showed interrogations of terrorist suspects.  Today's  New York Times  reports that CIA lawyers gave written permission--despite advice from…

The CIA Torture Tapes

In 2005, the CIA destroyed videotape that showed interrogations of terrorist suspects.  Today's New York Times reports that CIA lawyers gave written permission--despite advice from…

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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…

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…

from To the Point

The  Central Intelligence Agency  was founded 60 years ago tomorrow. President Harry Truman wanted no more surprises--like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Stormy History of the CIA

The Central Intelligence Agency was founded 60 years ago tomorrow. President Harry Truman wanted no more surprises--like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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