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John Rizzo

Biography: 

John Rizzo was a lawyer at the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 through 2009. He was its chief legal officer from 2001 through 2002 and 2004 through 2009. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a Senior Counsel at the Steptoe & Johnson law firm. He is also writing a memoir of his CIA career.

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The CIA-Congress War

by John Rizzovia Defining Ideas
Friday, March 30, 2012

A hostile relationship defined by a failure to communicate.

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The CIA-Congress War

by John Rizzovia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, March 30, 2012

A hostile relationship defined by a failure to communicate...

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9/11: Three Major Mistakes

by John Rizzovia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, September 8, 2011

The CIA's chief legal officer following the terrorist attacks reflects on what we did wrong—and on the lessons we've learned...

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9/11: Three Major Mistakes

by John Rizzovia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 8, 2011

The CIA's chief legal officer from 2001-2009 reflects on what we did wrong—and on the lessons we've learned.