Central Intelligence Agency Office of Inspector General

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The CIA Office of Inspector General exists to perform an inspector general (IG) function at the Central Intelligence Agency.

The first IG was appointed in 1952.[1]

The 1970s[edit]

The Rockefeller Commission, Church Committee, and Pike Committee all recommended strengthening the office of OIG. Their criticisms included claims that the IG had few staff, was ignored, and was denied access to information. Their suggestions were not made into law.[1]


The IG performed an investigation during the Iran Contra scandal in 1986/1987; related to possible CIA involvement in cocaine trafficking. Congress was unsatisfied with the IG performance during this time frame. Senators of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (especially Boren, Cohen, Specter, and Glenn) wrestled with how to improve the IG while not interfering with the work of the CIA. They tried to make a bill that would satisfy various members of congress and also not get vetoed by president George Bush.[1] Senator Boren (chairman of SSCI) worked with Robert Gates who was deputy to Brent Scowcroft at the time. In 1989 a new IG law was passed with a more independent IG. The IG also would no longer be chosen by the Director of Central Intelligence but would instead be appointed by the President with 'advice and consent' of the Senate.[1]

Global War on Terror[edit]

There were several controversies surrounding the IG during the years of the Global War on Terror.

The IG released a controversial report on failures of the intelligence community before 9/11.[2]

IG staff Mary O. McCarthy was fired in 2006.[2]

In 2007 General Michael Hayden, head of the CIA, had attorney Robert Deitz review the work of the IG.[2]

2004 Inspector General Report[edit]

In 2004 the CIA OIG published a report on prisoner treatment in the Global War on Terror. It was entitled "CIA Inspector General Special Review: Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities".[3] After a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, a less redacted version was declassified in 2009 and released to the public.

List of Inspectors General[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Snider
  2. ^ a b c d e Miller, 2007
  3. ^ "CIA Inspector General Special Review: Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities" at the ACLU web site
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Council of the Inspectors General, Inspector General Historical Data Archived August 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, 2007 May
  5. ^ Wines, 1990
  6. ^ "Press | Intelligence Committee". www.intelligence.senate.gov. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  7. ^ Verton, 2001
  8. ^ Hudec, James G. (January 1, 2001). "Unlucky SHAMROCK--The View from the Other Side". Homeland Security Digital Library. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  9. ^ Snider, L. Britt. "Recollections from the Church Committee's Investigation of NSA". Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  10. ^ Snider, L. Britt. "Unlucky SHAMROCK: Recollections from the Church Committee's Investigation of NSA". Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  11. ^ Church Committee
  12. ^ Verton, Dan (June 22, 2001). "CIA grappling with its role amid IT revolution". Computerworld. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  13. ^ "A Message from the CIA Inspector General". fas.org. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  14. ^ "The Agency and the Hill: CIA's Relationship with Congress, 1946-2004 by L. Britt Snider, Center for the Study of Intelligence, 2008" (PDF). Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  15. ^ L. Britt Snider - The Literature of Intelligence: A Bibliography of Materials, with Essays, Reviews, and Comments J. Ransom Clark Emeritus Muskingum University New Concord, Ohio
  16. ^ Anderson, Nate (June 30, 2013). "How a 30-year-old lawyer exposed NSA mass surveillance of Americans—in 1975". Ars Technica. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  17. ^ "Public Interest Declassification Board Meeting Minutes..." (Dec 15, 2006 - also included a panel discussion of historians from NRO, NSA, DIA, and the Office of the ... L. Britt Snider, Chairman of the PIDB, chaired the...)
  18. ^ Snider, L. Britt. "Creating a Statutory Inspector General at the CIA". CIA. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  19. ^ Panetta, Inspector General's Retirement
  21. ^ CIA Inspector General David Buckley to Resign, time.com, January 6, 2015, retrieved January 4, 2017
  22. ^ "IG Net Page on CIA OIG". Retrieved April 1, 2021.

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