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Council on Intelligence Issues


Educating on Intelligence Issues,

Challenges, and Legal Resources









CII’s programs increase the public's understanding of   intelligence challenges and risks faced by people working for the CIA and other intelligence agencies.   




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CII and its network help CIA and other intelligence officers with legal concerns arising from their service to the Nation.  




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CII's Intelligence Awareness and 

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Intel Basics

This site contains articles, reviews, and other information on many of the core intelligence issues, with a particular focus on risks and challenges in intelligence collection, analysis, and covert action.  Information about intelligence challenges and the relationship of intelligence to policy and operations will provide readers a broader understanding of CIA, the intelligence community, and the people who serve.  


How 9/11 Revealed the Importance of the President's Daily Brief


Top 10 CIA Myths (From CIA's website) 


Former CIA expert discusses what makes a good disguise for spies (From the AFIO Newsletter and Wired, October 2018)

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Expert insights presented in selected articles, guidance, and other material can help current and former intelligence officers identify and deal with complex legal and other challenges arising out of their employment. 


Justice Department Regulations for Representation of Government Officials by Department of Justice or Private Counsel 


Regulations that govern acceptance of process and production of CIA records (CIA Regulations)


For in-depth legal analysis of "How National Security Can Trump Individual Rights" (Read Here)

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What's Happening -- CII Alerts

Featured Alerts


Read selected letters, opinion pieces, or articles by the Council on Intelligence Issues or current and former intelligence officers, as well as other announcements and items of interest relating to intelligence and national security.

CIA Remembers George H.W. Bush


Statement by Director of the CIA Gina C. Haspel


“We’ve lost a great champion of the Agency—an accomplished Director, faithful advocate, and dear friend—with the passing of former President George H.W. Bush. As a heroic Navy pilot in the Second World War, a skilled statesman who deftly managed the collapse of the Soviet Union and liberated Kuwait from Saddam Husayn’s aggression, and a committed citizen who remained engaged in public service throughout his later years, President Bush exemplified the virtues of patriotism, duty, and compassion. Officers here at the George Bush Center for Intelligence and deployed around the globe honor the memory of a great American. On behalf of the men and women of CIA, I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Bush family.”



New CII Board of Directors 

We have updated our CII website and expanded the Board of Directors as part of the exciting steps being taken to become a vibrant and effective voice to support CIA and other intelligence officers for their good faith service to the Nation.  The new Board consists of John Gannon (Chairman), George Jameson (President), Bill Murray (Vice President), Chuck Campbell, and Mary Corrado.  Darlene Connelly serves as the Secretary.  (See more about CII's mission, vision, and directors and officers.)


Listen to Federal News Radio's interview with CII's co-founders about CII (broadcast September 7, 2018, here's how FNR characterized CII: "Occasionally intelligence practitioners find themselves caught in legal trouble not totally of their own making. That’s the idea behind a new legal referral service called Council on Intelligence Issues.").



Gina Haspel outlined CIA priorities in her first major speech (click for link to full text).


CIA's chief information officer stresses the need for a data-savvy CIA workforce (December 4, 2018).

Executive Actions


Announcements, reports, directives, regulations, decisions, and other actions of the executive branch that affect or relate to intelligence employees, intelligence issues, or have national security implications. 



The National Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF) released the Insider Threat Program Maturity Framework (November 1, 2018)


Joint Statement from the ODNI, DoJ, FBI, and DHS  on Combatting Foreign Influence in U.S. Elections  (October 19, 2018)


See DNI Coats' Statement on the National Strategy for Counterterrorism (October 4, 2018)

Congressional Interests


Congressional actions, legislation proposed or enacted, and other actions of the legislative branch that affect or relate to intelligence employees, intelligence issues, or have other national security implications.  


See (July 11, 2018) SSCI Report to Accompany FY '18 & '19 Intelligence Authorization Act 


See also (July 12, 2018) House passes intelligence authorizations for FY'18 and '19


See (July 3, 2018) SSCI's Initial Findings Regarding IC's Assessment of Russian Interference into 2016 Election

Court Watch


Court decisions and other developments in court cases that relate to intelligence employees, intelligence issues, or that  otherwise are of national security interest. 


Ex-CIA contractor gets 90 days for unauthorized retention of classified material (From AP News)


Former CIA employee pleads not guilty to leaks charges (From AP News) 


Citizens group wants prosecutions over rendition program 

Other News


Selected items not covered in CII's executive, court, or congressional  alerts. These may include information concerning foreign governments or international organizations, state or local  governments, and the private sector.


Statement by Former CIA officials, tribute to George H.W. Bush 


Secrecy in U.S. National Security: Why a Paradigm Shift is Needed.  (This RAND publication summarizes an examination of the current security classification system, identifies what works and what doesn't, and provides the authors' recommendations for improvement.) 


New 9/11 Memorial at CIA Headquarters. Read Here


Former national security officials express concerns about the revocation former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance. [Read Here]


Former DDCI writes "Why so many former intelligence officers are speaking out."



Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University


Discussion Topic: "Spywatchers: Governing Intelligence in an Imperfect World."  

Moderated by Michael Morell, Former Deputy Director and Acting Director, CIA


Panelists Have Extensive Prior Experience in Government and the Private Sector:

George Little (Public Affairs expertise from CIA, Department of Defense)

Lisa Monaco (White House Homeland Security, Justice Department National Security Division)

John Rizzo (Offices of General Counsel and Congressional Affairs, CIA)

Mark Zaid (Private sector representation of whistleblowers, others with grievances)  



Event Date


December 10, 2018

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Admission is free.  Reception and refreshments are included.  For more information and to register, click here.



Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) Event, Moderated by the Council on Intelligence Issues


Topic: "A Practitioner's Guide to Balancing Government and Employee Interests in Disputes Involving Classified Information"


Event Date


January 10, 2019

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free.  Reception and refreshments are included

Location TBD

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Council on Intelligence Issues Upcoming Event 


"Cyber and Related Issues Challenging  Intelligence, Legal, and Policy Officials"


A panel of experts will address intelligence collection in light of technological advances and increasing privacy interests, practical as well as policy and legal obstacles, and the personal liability risks for officials who must often operate under circumstances with little if any clarity in what applicable laws and policies allow.


Event Date:

Mid-Winter 2019

Time and Place TBD











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The Council on Intelligence Issues (CII) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2010 to educate intelligence personnel and the public about important intelligence and other national security interests.  CII helps current and former officers, employees, and families of the CIA and other intelligence community agencies who may need legal counseling or other assistance in connection with their intelligence service.

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