Analysis & Commentary

1st November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: CIA releases massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The CIA is releasing hundreds of thousands of documents, images, and computer files recovered during the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The newly-available material provides invaluable insights into the terrorist organization that struck America on...

7th August 2017 - Quoted by Aymenn jawad Al-Tamimi - The American Spectator

Syria: Assessing the CIA Program

Thomas Joscelyn

There’s more to success in the region than assessing who’s “moderate” and who is not.

23rd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: 2 US cases provide unique window into Iran’s global terror network

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 8, the Department of Justice (DOJ) made an announcement that deserves more attention. Two alleged Hizballah operatives had been arrested inside the United States after carrying out various missions on behalf of the Iranian-sponsored terrorist organization.

11th May 2017 - Quoted by The Weekly Standard

Trump Reportedly Considering Mike Rogers, Author of Scorned Benghazi Report, for FBI Director

Thomas Joscelyn

Bloomberg is reporting that President Trump is considering former Rep. Mike Rogers to replace James Comey as FBI director. Rogers is a former FBI agent; by the end of his seven terms in Congress he was the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

9th March 2017 - NewsTalk AM 1130

Justice & Drew

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses US deploying troops to Kuwait, Wikileaks and the CIA.

19th December 2016 - The Weekly Standard

The CIA, Post-Obama

Reuel Marc Gerecht

When the new casts out the old, an incoming administration has the opportunity to review its predecessor’s approach to the Central Intelligence Agency. When this is done, the focus is usually on the ethics of Langley and politically disturbing covert action. The Obama administration was...

4th August 2016 - Quoted by New York Post

How Iran spent its $400M ‘ransom’ windfall

Now that we know President Obama paid Iran $1.7 billion — $400 million in cold hard cash loaded on a secret flight — to ransom four American captives, comes an obvious question: What did Tehran do with all that money?

22nd June 2016 - Vox

What it’s like to be a Muslim in the CIA

Yaya J. Fanusie

It was the day after the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. I was working as a CIA analyst. I sat in a room with the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, along with several other analysts, as we discussed the attack.

21st June 2016 - Quoted by Missy Ryan - The Washington Post

As the nation debates the place of Islam, the CIA’s Muslim officers fight terrorism

Yaya J. Fanusie

Shortly after supporters of the Islamic State gunned down 14 people in California last year, the CIA’s deputy director assembled a group of Muslim employees to talk about Islamophobia.

9th June 2016 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

CIA and Pentagon Bicker While Russia Wipes Out U.S.-Backed Rebels

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

U.S.-backed opposition forces in Syria’s largest city are facing a ferocious Russian-led assault, raising fears that the rebels could be eliminated in a matter of weeks.

20th April 2016 - The Washington Times

A spy’s story

Clifford D. May

After a long and extraordinary career, Gen. Michael Hayden has written “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror.” Both a memoir and a primer on modern espionage, it also attempts to correct the historical record and maybe settle a few scores. Nothing wrong with...

19th January 2016 - The Daily Beast

The CIA’s Syria Program and the Perils of Proxies

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Almost every aspect of the Obama administration’s policy toward Syria has been scrutinized, lambasted or praised in recent months, but one of the most significant facets, the CIA’s covert aid program to Syrian rebels, has largely slipped below the radar.

14th December 2015 - Quoted by Linda Qiu - Politifact

Ted Cruz Misquotes CIA Official, Makes False Claim On Bombing ISIS Oil And Climate Change

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz tore into President Barack Obama’s strategy against ISIS in an NPR interview.

4th May 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

Former CIA Chief: We Totally Dropped the Ball on Al Qaeda’s Rebound

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A former CIA chief has admitted in a new tell-all book that the intelligence organization badly misjudged Qaeda's rebound during the Arab Spring, Greg Miller of The Washington Post reports.

18th February 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

As David Cohen Becomes CIA’s No. 2, Jews Appear to Have Smoother Sailing at Security Agencies

Mark Dubowitz

David Cohen’s path to second in command at the Central Intelligence Agency is, in many respects, a typical one in Washington.

13th February 2015 - Quoted by Nathan Guttman - The Jewish Daily Forward

David Cohen Becomes the CIA’s ‘Financial Batman’

Jonathan Schanzer

In a reflection of the increasing role the U.S. Department of the Treasury is playing in clandestine operations, America’s “sanctions guru” was sworn in on February 9 as the country’s second-in-command spymaster.

30th January 2015 - Quoted by Julia Ioffe - The New York Times Magazine

Spy vs. Nonspy in Putin’s Russia

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Earlier this week, F.B.I. agents in New York arrested a 39-year-old Russian man named Evgeny Buryakov, whom federal prosecutors accused of participating in a spy ring gathering economic intelligence on the United States.

12th January 2015 - The Washington Examiner

CIA Bides its Time

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The CIA’s Directorate of Operations doesn’t have an acute memory. But it does have durable institutional sentiments.

17th December 2014 - The Washington Times

America Needs Its Rough Men

Clifford D. May

In spring 2009, I was invited to debate “torture” with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” He gave me an opportunity to make a case with which he vehemently disagreed.

15th December 2014 - 77 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn talk with John Batchelor about responding to terror attacks in the early stages, Abu Zubaida, and the Senate CIA report.

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