Analysis Brief

A Spy Tells All

Recruiting operatives capable of infiltrating terrorist networks presents an ongoing challenge to U.S. intelligence agencies. A new book by a former double agent who spied on al-Qaeda tells the story of how he did it.

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Analysis Brief

Hayden Scrutinized on Surveillance

The nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, has faced strong questions from senators about his previous role overseeing warrantless surveillance of U.S. calls abroad. Hayden defended the legality of his moves as National Security Agency chief while asserting his fitness to run the CIA.

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Analysis Brief

Iran Intel 'Gives Pause'

There is a déjà vu aspect to the international talks over Iran's nuclear program. But there are also signs of hard lessons learned from the Iraq case on intelligence gathering and diplomacy.

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Author: Staff

A new tape from al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden repeated threats to attack the United States and asserted al-Qaeda is growing stronger in Iraq and around the world. The release comes amid anger in Pakistan over a U.S. missile strike aimed at bin Laden's deputy, Ayman Zawahiri.

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