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Pentagon closes controversial intelligence unit

Posted By admin On August 5, 2008 @ 4:01 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Reuters [1]
Tuesday, Aug 5, 2008

The Pentagon on Monday said it was closing a controversial intelligence office that had raised concerns about domestic spying by the military after the September 11 attacks.

The Defense Department said it had “disestablished” the Counterintelligence Field Activity office, or CIFA, created in February 2002 by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to manage defense and armed service efforts against intelligence threats from foreign powers and groups such as al Qaeda.

Those responsibilities will now be carried out by a new organization called the Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center, overseen by the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency.

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CIFA’s operations stirred concern among members of Congress and civil liberties advocates. A CIFA database known as Talon, set up to monitor threats against U.S. military installations, was found to have retained information on U.S. antiwar protesters including Quakers after they had been found to pose no security danger, officials said.

Talon, the acronym for Threat and Local Observation Notice, was ended last year as a result of the outcry. But the controversy, leading the Defense Department to reorganize CIFA’s functions after a broad review of Pentagon intelligence operations, officials said.

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[2] Pentagon to test unclassified alternative to Talon: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-to-test-unclassified-alternative-to-talon.html

[3] Pentagon Plan to Monitor Activists On Facebook and Twitter: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-plan-to-monitor-activists-on-facebook-and-twitter.html

[4] Report: Intelligence Unit Told Before 9/11 to Stop Tracking Bin Laden: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-intelligence-unit-told-before-911-to-stop-tracking-bin-laden.html

[5] Pentagon sets up new spy agency to eavesdrop on a changing world: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-sets-up-new-spy-agency-to-eavesdrop-on-a-changing-world.html

[6] Transforming TSA into a Military Intelligence Operation: http://www.prisonplanet.com/transforming-tsa-into-a-military-intelligence-operation.html

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