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Ethics agency referred 13 cases for review

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The Office of Congressional Ethics recommended the House Ethics Committee review 13 of 32 cases it opened during the 112th U.S. Congress, a report said.
Smith top Democrat on military committee

Smith top Democrat on military committee

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., will be the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, officials said.

House, Senate consider CIA probes

WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Intelligence Committee is considering whether to investigate charges the CIA hid a spy program from Congress, congressional aides said.
Petraeus: 'Remote' chance of second surge

Petraeus: 'Remote' chance of second surge

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- The possibility of another buildup of U.S. troops in Iraq, should conditions deteriorate, would be "remote," Army Gen. David H. Petraeus testified Wednesday.

Judge suggests CIA lying about videotapes

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A federal judge in New York said Thursday that he might question CIA agents about the destruction of two videotapes of harsh interrogations of detainees.

House committees OK more wiretap oversight

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Judiciary and Intelligence committees have rejected a Bush administration request to renew the government's eavesdropping authority.

Reyes pledges hearings, oversight on NSA

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says he will hold hearings next month on modernizing U.S. wire-tapping laws.

Analysis: Diversity & U.S. intel -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The leaders of U.S. intelligence say that diversity is now a top priority in recruitment. But they’ve been saying that for years.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor

Analysis: Diversity & U.S. intel -- Part 1

EL PASO, Texas, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- When Jose Rodriguez, a 30-year veteran undercover CIA officer, stepped into the spotlight this week -- an experience he compared to dropping his trousers in public -- it was for a purpose: He is to become the CIA's poster boy in its drive to recruit more ethnic minorities.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor

U.S. sees heightened al-Qaida threat

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- Efforts to contain al-Qaida have made the United States safer from attack than it was on Sept. 11, 2001, an intelligence summary released Tuesday said. The National Intelligence Estimate, which merges the findings of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, was rel

Ashcroft queried by House panel

WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman said he won't reveal specifics about the panel's closed-door hearing with former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Democrats' Reyes promises accountability

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The presumptive chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee promised to keep the Bush administration accountable to the U.S. people.

Reyes to head House Intelligence Committee

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has named Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas., to head the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

FBI probe of threats sought

EL PASO, Texas, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The FBI has been asked to probe reported death threats to families of sheriff's deputies in West Texas after a standoff with men dressed as Mexican soldiers.

Border dwellers 'knocked back' by new rule

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- Texas lawmakers have said changing the rules so U.S. citizens have to show a passport to get back into the country from Mexico will hurt border towns.
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House Select Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-TX, speaks during a news conference to discuss support for comprehensive immigration reform on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 21, 2007. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Silvestre "Silver" Reyes (born November 10, 1944) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 16th congressional district, serving since 1997, and the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the primary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives charged with the oversight of the United States Intelligence Community, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and other executive branch departments and agencies. Reyes is also a Senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee, the primary Committee responsible for the funding and oversight of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States Armed Forces, as well as substantial portions of the Department of Energy. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Reyes was born in Canutillo, Texas, in 1944 and is the first of 10 children. He graduated from Canutillo High School and received his Associate's Degree from El Paso Community College. He attended the University of Texas at Austin before serving in the United States Army in 1966. In 1967, Reyes served as a helicopter crew chief in the Vietnam War. In 1968, Reyes suffered complete hearing loss to his right ear when mortar landed near his foxhole during combat.

In 1969, Reyes joined the U.S. Border Patrol where he served for over 26 years. From 1984 - 1995 Reyes served as the Sector Chief for the McAllen and El Paso Sectors of the Border Patrol. In 1993, while serving as the Chief Patrol Agent of the El Paso Border Patrol Sector, Reyes led the Border Patrol to strategically position agents on the border to intercept Illegal immigrants in a strategy later termed "Operation Hold the Line". This operation was the predecessor to a similar operation dubbed "Operation Gatekeeper" in Southern California. Such tactics were not without controversy, as placing Border Patrol Agents in high visibility positions placed them at tremendous risk from rock and firearms assaults from the Mexican side of the border. Immigrant-rights groups also protested the strategy, as it was effective in deterring Illegal aliens from crossing in protected urban areas such as El Paso and San Diego, California and as such "forced" them to cross through desolate parts of the Southern United States, such as the deserts of the Imperial Valley in California and the Sonora desert in Arizona. Reyes gained enormous popularity in the 16th Congressional District due to the Operation's success in reducing illegal immigration.

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