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Pentagon Gets Its Own Global Spy Agency
Defense Clandestine Service will snoop beyond battlefields
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 24, 2012 7:51 AM CDT
In this Feb. 12, 2009 file photo, the Pentagon is seen from Air Force One.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – The Pentagon has created a new spy agency that will expand its intelligence gathering operations outside of current war zones. The new Defense Clandestine Service will work closely with the CIA, investigating targets unrelated to its current battles in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials tell the Washington Post; the paper speculates that agents might focus on things like nonproliferation, counterterrorism, and China's ascendency. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a former CIA chief, gave it the green light last week.

The Post identifies Michael Vickers, who ran the CIA's program to arm Afghan militants against the Soviet Union, as the "main force" behind the agency, which was created in response to a classified study last year. Many of its operatives will be drawn from the existing Defense Intelligence Agency. This "does not involve new manpower … does not involve new authorities," one official said, downplaying concerns that agency would step on the CIA's toes. But some congressional officials are concerned anyway, and seeking details.

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Shmeh
Apr 24, 2012 1:45 PM CDT
"The Post identifies Michael Vickers, who ran the CIA's program to arm Afghan militants against the Soviet Union, as the "main force" behind the agency" Oh good, because that had no repercussions.
njgreen
Apr 24, 2012 12:27 PM CDT
Now that's some "big government" you won't find any Republicans complaining about.
BCS
Apr 24, 2012 12:05 PM CDT
http://thoroughlyandersoncooper.blogspot.com/2011/01/pentagon-porn.html A list of 5200 pentagon employees found to have purchased child porn. No worries we can trust them. project flicker uncovered it and after 8 months it was halted. They claimed lack of resources 9 individuals who purchased the porn had top security clearance. Why is this not the top news story every day we wake up. Who the fuck is running this government?