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Thursday, December 8, 2016
CIA Director Brennan says ripping up Iran deal 'folly'

CIA’s Brennan Says Tearing Up Iran Deal Would Be ‘Folly’

Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan also said that in dealing with the Syrian crisis, Donald Trump should be cautious in trying to work with Russia.

November 30, 2016
Fidel Castro dead at age 90

Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies At 90

Castro’s death – which would once have thrown a question mark over Cuba’s future – seems unlikely to trigger a crisis as Raul Castro is firmly ensconced in power.

November 26, 2016

Trump’s CIA Pick Supports Domestic Surveillance, Opposes Iran Deal

Representative Mike Pompeo, Trump’s surprise choice to head the CIA, supports the U.S. government’s sweeping collection of Americans’ communications data and wants to scrap the nuclear deal with Iran.

November 18, 2016
The front gate of Camp Delta is shown at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station

‘Civilized’ Nation Can’t Justify Torture

Chances are you haven’t thought about Guantanamo Bay – that American gulag – for a long time. Not everyone has the luxury of forgetting.

October 18, 2016

The Growing Clout Of House Intelligence Chairman

Spies brief him. Multibillion dollar black budgets await him. Television producers invite him to assess the terrorism threat as he did Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I think we’re even worse today,” Rep. Devin Nunes said, comparing the situation to last year. “I think the threat level is even higher.”

September 11, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Ex-CIA Director Calls Trump An “Unwitting Agent” Of Russia, Pence Shrugs

Trump has repeatedly praised the Russian leader in the past, calling him “a leader, unlike what we have in this country.” He also stood by his praise even when MSNBC host Joe Scarborough replied that Putin kills dissident journalists. Trump even predicted the two would “get along very well.” Now, the former director of the CIA says that the real estate mogul could well be “an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.” But Mike Pence shooed away Morell’s condemnation on NBC’s Today, saying that Trump would be a strong leader and that “standing up to Russian aggression is going to be really different under a Trump-Pence administration.”

August 5, 2016
Peter Thiel

How Peter Thiel’s Premier Data-Mining Firm Validated Clinton Global Initiative

Whatever Peter Thiel’s motivation in endorsing Trump, the tech billionaire knows from personal experience that one of the Republican’s principal lines of attack on Hillary Clinton is false.

July 21, 2016
Wayne Simmons on Fox News

Wayne Simmons, Right Wing Media’s Benghazi Expert, Pleads Guilty To Fraud

In an April 29 press release the Department of Justice noted that Simmons “falsely claimed he spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency” and had pleaded guilty “to major fraud against the government, wire fraud, and a firearms offense.”

April 30, 2016

Two Former CIA Contractors Face Lawsuit On Agency’s Use Of Torture

When Gul Rahman was taken to the “salt pit,” a then-secret CIA prison in Afghanistan, he was given a psychological evaluation by CIA contractor Bruce Jessen.

April 22, 2016
Director of Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan takes questions from reporters during a press conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, December 11, 2014 (AFP/Jim Watson)

Director Brennan Says CIA Will Never Waterboard Again

His remarks were the clearest repudiation yet of the Bush-era policies which enabled the torture of suspected terrorists.

April 12, 2016

Ben Carson Calls For Using ‘Truth Serum’ To Interrogate Enemy Combatants

“Well, the average person might understand it as truth serum, but you know there are ways where you decrease a person’s conscious defenses, and they might be more willing to give up information.”

February 23, 2016
The Central Intelligence Agency logo is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Former Interrogators Urge Candidates to Reject Torture

A group of former CIA, FBI, DEA and military intelligence officials is urging presidential candidates to reject torture as an interrogation tool.

February 17, 2016
Trey Gowdy

Latest Gowdy Fakery: Name Of CIA Source In Clinton Email Was No Secret

So here is yet another absurd episode, humiliating both for Rep. Trey Gowdy and the journalists who promoted this fraudulent story, and highly reminiscent of the bogus “criminal referral” leak that made the front page of the New York Times last summer.

October 19, 2015

Fox News Guest Analyst Arrested For Lying About Working For CIA

Fox “expert” on national security — and Benghazi — bogusly portrayed himself as an “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” for the CIA from 1973 to 2000, says the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

October 16, 2015

‘The Great War Of Our Time’ Goes Inside The CIA, To A Point

In his book The Great War of Our Time, former CIA deputy Director Michael Morell explains the blunder that led to Saddam Hussein being deposed and sent him into hiding in a spider hole.

June 21, 2015

Book Review: ‘Dreamland: The True Tale Of America’s Opiate Epidemic’

Dreamland is a tale of two artificial and highly permeable membranes. One separates legal and illegal drugs, the other Mexico and the United States.

June 14, 2015
Trey Gowdy

Straining To Attack Clinton, ‘New York Times’ And Trey Gowdy Deliver Libya Squib

Republican staffers on the House Select Committee on Benghazi plainly leaked Clinton emails to the paper of record — in frustration that their probe is headed nowhere.

May 19, 2015

Book Review: ‘Guantánamo Diary’ By Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, wrote a 466-page memoir from his cell, which is a hellish account of perpetual torture.

May 17, 2015

The Long Sixties: What Did We Know, And When Did We Know It?

If there are lessons to be extracted from these three books, they have as much to do with the dangers of elite consensus as with those of dissent.

May 10, 2015
The Central Intelligence Agency logo is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Iran-Backed Rebels In Yemen Loot Secret Files About U.S. Spy Operations

U.S. officials say the names of confidential informants and plans for counterterrorism strikes have been exposed.

March 26, 2015
David Petraeus

David Petraeus To Plead Guilty To Giving Classified Material To Mistress

David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty for sharing classified material with Paula Broadwell.

March 3, 2015
David Petraeus

Talk Of Petraeus Indictment Raises Legal Questions For His Ex-Paramour

David Petraeus’ former paramour may be in legal trouble, too.

January 13, 2015
Al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees captured in Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks were transferred to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Human Rights Groups Urge Criminal Investigation Into CIA Torture

The Senate torture report is spurring new calls to prosecute Bush administration officials.

December 23, 2014
Al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees captured in Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks were transferred to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

September 11 Detainees In Guantanamo Get Copies Of CIA Torture Report

Could the torture report boost the 9/11 detainees’ criminal defenses?

December 15, 2014
The Central Intelligence Agency logo is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Incoming Senate Intelligence Chief Plans ‘Real Time’ Scrutiny Of CIA

Find out how the North Carolina Republican plans to keep tabs on the CIA.

December 15, 2014