Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Pentagon Shuts Down CIFA

Via Nukes & Spooks.

With every day that goes by, it seems, another piece of the edifice that Don Rumsfeld erected at the Pentagon is dismantled.

Today comes the news, not unexpected, that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has shuttered--the official euphemism is "disestablished"--the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA.

CIFA was widely criticized for gathering data on anti-war protesters, allegedly because they represented a threat to military bases and facilities, under a program known as Talon. The agency was the brainchild of Rumsfeld aides Stephen Cambone and Paul Wolfowitz. (Our colleague Walter Pincus of the Washington Post did a lot of the groundbreaking reporting on this issue).

The Talon database, itself shut down last year, had about 13,000 entries, including nearly 3,000 reports on U.S. citizens.

More here.

Hat-tip: Danger Room


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