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GOP Presidential Candidate Fiorina: IRS Has More Agents Than FBI, CIA

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina

By Steve Neavling

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina pointed out “a startling fact” on Tuesday: The IRS has more agents than the FBI and CIA.

“Does that strike you as a mis-allocation of resources? Of course it is. We need to take this terror threat seriously,” Fiorina said in an interview with Fox News. 

While it’s unclear how many agents the CIA has because of its classified budget, the employment numbers are disproportionate. The IRS is authorized in its budget to have 82,203 employees, while the FBI has 35,000 employees.

Fiorina said she supports increasing “the amount of agents we have on the ground.”

“Let’s get real here and talk about who’s the enemy and do what is necessary to protect our nation, because the first and most important responsibility of the federal government is to protect the nation,” she said.

High School Student: I Hacked into CIA’s Personal E-Mail Account; FBI Investigates

Data securityBy Steve Neavling

A high school student claims he has hacked into the head of the CIA’s personal email account, revealing sensitive work-related documents, the New York Post reports. 

The FBI is investigating.

The hacker told the Post that CIA Director John Brennan had sensitive information, inkling an application for top-secret security clearance.

According to the hacker, the AOL account also contained a letter about “harsh interrogation techniques” used on terrorism suspects and Social Security numbers of more than a dozen top American officials.

“I can’t believe he did this to the head of the CIA,’’ a law enforcement source told the Post. “[The] problem with these older-generation guys is that they don’t know anything about cybersecurity, and as you can see, it can be problematic.”

FBI, CIA, NSA: No Credible Threat of Terrorist Attack in America on Anniversary of 9/11

World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks via Wikipedia.

World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling

The federal agencies in charge of keeping America safe from a terrorist attack said there is no credible threat to America’s homeland on today’s 14th anniversary of Sept. 11.

The Washington Times reports that directors of the FBI, CIA and the National Security Agency said Thursday that they have no reason to believe a terrorist attack will occur today, despite increasing concerns over ISIS and al Qaeda.

The directors made the statement at an intelligence community conference in Washington, saying improvements in communications between the agencies have greatly reduced the threat of terrorism on the homeland.

“Compared to where we were 14 years ago, that intelligence work is light years ahead of where it was,” CIA Director John Brennan said. “And, in addition, strengthening the defenses of this country from 2001 to now — this is a much more difficult environment for terrorist groups to operate in.”

Former FBI Agent Blasts Newly Declassified CIA Reports on 9/11

Mark Rossini

By Jeff Stein

WASHINGTON — Mark Rossini, a former FBI special agent at the center of an enduring mystery related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, says he is “appalled” by the newly declassified statements by former CIA Director George Tenet defending the spy agency’s efforts to detect and stop the plot.

Rossini, who was assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC) at the time of the attacks, has long maintained that the U.S. government has covered up secret relations between the spy agency and Saudi individuals who may have abetted the plot. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who flew commercial airliners into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a failed effort to crash into the U.S. Capitol, were Saudis.

A heavily redacted 2005 CIA inspector general’s report, parts of which had previously been released, was further declassified earlier this month. It found that agency investigators “encountered no evidence” that the government of Saudi Arabia “knowingly and willingly supported” Al-Qaeda terrorists. It added that some CIA officers had “speculated” that “dissident sympathizers within the government” may have supported Osama bin Laden but that “the reporting was too sparse to determine with any accuracy such support.”

Over 30 pages relating to Saudi Arabia in the report were blacked out. The Obama administration has also refused to declassify 28 pages dealing with Saudi connections to the hijackers in a joint congressional probe of the attacks.

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Report: American Psychological Association Helped CIA with Torture Program, Now Assists FBI

By Steve Neavling

The American Psychological Association has been complicit in the CIA torture program, violated the ethics code and now appears to be assisting the FBI with similar programs, according to a blistering 60-page report by experts and doctors.

The report, “All the President’s Psychologists,” alleges that the APA, which prohibits psychologists from making judgments on torture, has closely coordinated with the White House, CIA and Department of Defense to help get around ethical lines on torture.

The report alleges that the federal agencies secretly worked with APA to change its ethics policy to align it with the requirements for the CIA’s torture program.

The FBI has not commented on revelations that the APA is working more closely with the bureau.

Former FBI Agent Jailed After Bizarre Behavior While Visiting NSA, CIA

By Steve Neavling

A former FBI agent who was angry about police brutality and said she was running for president, is expected in court today after a bizarre rampage that took her to the headquarters of the NSA and CIA.

Tunisia Davis was arrested late Thursday and placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals after authorities said she drove to the main gate of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., and managed to get past one officer before another stopped her.

Davis also arrived at the door of the NSA and told NSA police she “wanted to know what they would do if she showed up,” NBC reported.

It’s unclear whether Davis made clear she was a former FBI agent.

Details are still emerging about her past with the FBI.

FBI Agent: Ex-CIA Director Petraeus Put High-Level Military Personnel at Risk

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent said in a deposition that Paula Broadwell had regular access to CIA Director David Petraeus’ email that may have extended beyond the launch of an FBI investigation a month before the 2012 presidential election, reports.

Transcripts of the deposition show the CIA director was asked twice to change his password because his email account appeared to have been accessed by someone outside of the agency. Authorities later traced the unauthorized access to Broadwell, who was writing a biography about Petraeus and having a sexual relationship with him.

Petraeus was sentenced Thursday to two years probation and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for sharing classified information with Broadwell.

“We believed that the email had been compromised,” Humphries said during sworn questioning in Tampa stemming from a lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by a Florida woman who received threatening emails from Broadwell, Jill Kelley. “His first admonishment [to change the code] was made because we didn’t know who it was, and then upon learning who it was we had a conversation that that should be changed.”

FBI Agent Fred Humphries agreed with Kelly’s attorney that her “actions potentially compromised the security of high level military intelligence personnel and information.”

Former CIA Director Petraeus Faces Sentencing for Leaking Classified Information

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling

Former CIA Director David Petraeus faces sentencing Thursday for allegedly leaking classified information to a mistress who was writing his biography, Reuters reports. 

The retired U.S. Army General has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

But Petraeus won’t be sent to prison because of an agreement he made with prosecutors in March to pay a $40,000 fine and receive two years of probation.

A federal judge, however, is not bound by the agreement with prosecutors.

Petraeus reigned from the CIA in 2012 following the revelation that he was having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.