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CIA Probes Its Own Watchdog

Agency chief moves to 'call off the dogs' with investigation into secret prisons findings
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2007 2:57 AM CDT
CIA Probes Its Own Watchdog
CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, in New York. Most of the information in a July intelligence report on the terrorist threat to America came from the U.S. government's much-criticized program of detaining and interrogating prisoners,...   (Associated Press)

In an unprecedented move, the director of the CIA is challenging the agency's own inspector general by ordering an internal investigation of his investigation, reports the Los Angeles Times. CIA Inspector General John Helgerson has issued a series of scathing reports about the agency; now director Michael Hayden has ordered a probe into whether Helgerson was impartial in his findings.

Hayden's investigation initially focused on Helgerson's criticism of  the agency's terrorist detention and interrogation programs, but it has been expanded. A former inspector general said the move could be perceived as an effort by Hayden to "call off the dogs" and undermine Helgerson. "The rank and file will become aware of it and it will undercut the inspector general's ability to get the truth from them," he said. (Read more CIA stories.)

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