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Watchdog of CIA Is Subject of CIA Inquiry
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The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, has ordered an unusual internal inquiry into the work of the agency's inspector general, whose aggressive investigations of the CIA's detention and interrogation programs and other matters have created resentment among agency operatives.
The review is particularly focused on complaints that Mr. Helgerson's office has not acted as a fair and impartial judge of agency operations but instead has begun a crusade against those who have participated in controversial detention programs.
Any move by the agency's director to examine the work of the inspector general would be unusual, if not unprecedented, and would threaten to undermine the independence of the office, some current and former officials say.
Frederick P. Hitz, who served as CIA inspector general from 1990 to 1998, said he had no first-hand information about current conflicts inside the agency. But Mr. Hitz said any move by the agency's director to examine the work of the inspector general would "not be proper."
"I think it's a terrible idea," said Mr. Hitz, who now teaches at the University of Virginia. "Under the statute, the inspector general has the right to investigate the director. How can you do that and have the director turn around and investigate the I.G.?"
Some of the inspector general’s work on detention issues was conducted by Mary O. McCarthy, who was fired from the agency last year after being accused of leaking classified information. Officials said Mr. Helgerson’s office was nearing completion on a number of inquiries into C.I.A. torture, detention, interrogation, and “renditions” — the practice of seizing suspects and delivering them to the authorities in other nations.
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