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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
CIA
Trump, Intelligence Community

Intelligence Officer: Trump’s Conflict With Spy Agencies Creates ‘Dangerous Moment’

In the short term, if the president just ignores the intelligence community that’s obviously extremely dangerous, because the decisions won’t be made based on the facts. But in the long run, you can actually have an impact on the intelligence community itself. So that a young person coming out of a graduate program decides instead of going to the CIA, I’m going to instead go to Goldman Sachs, and make a lot more money anyway.

January 16, 2017
CIA

Outgoing CIA Director Rebukes Trump For Twitter Use

Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan issued a stern parting rebuke to Donald Trump days before he assumes the U.S. presidency, advising him not to absolve Russia for its recent actions and warning him to watch what he says. The CIA director said Trump needs to be mindful about his off-the-cuff remarks once he takes the oath of office, alluding to his penchant for making broad pronouncements on Twitter.

January 15, 2017
Page of the Trump Dossier

The Trump Dossier: This “Fake News” Is Real Enough To Investigate

The Trump dossier is an intelligence file, not a prosecution memo; its purpose is not to prove a case but to point a direction. And as subsequent coverage in the Guardian and Financial Times indicated, its author Christopher Steele is no mere purveyor of gossip. He is a highly respected and experienced former official of MI6, the British foreign intelligence service, where he oversaw the agency’s work in Russia and Eastern Europe for decades.

January 13, 2017
Trump, Intelligence community feud

The Big Security Risks In Trump’s Feud With Spy Agencies

An unprecedented pre-presidential inauguration feud between Donald Trump and intelligence agencies that soon will be under his command could harm U.S. security if not quickly defused. These disputes could prompt the departure of personnel and lead those who remain to take fewer risks to counter security threats.

January 13, 2017
CIA, Russia

Trump’s CIA Nominee Includes Russia In List Of ‘Global Challenges’

Diverging from Trump’s stated aim of seeking closer ties with Russia, Pompeo said that Russia is “asserting itself aggressively” by invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and “doing nearly nothing” to destroy Islamic State.

January 12, 2017
Scott Adams on How Trump won

Intelligence Officials Told Trump That Russia Allegedly Holds Damaging Dossier On Him

The classified briefings last week were presented to Trump and President Obama by the Director of National Intelligence and the directors of the CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency. The U.S. intelligence chiefs included a classified summary of the material to make Trump aware that it is circulating among federal agencies, senior members of Congress, and government officials.

January 10, 2017
Trump's new best friend, Julian Assange

Danziger: A Real Assange

It is inconceivable that the leader of the free world and commander in chief of the United States would welcome Julian Assange — unless that leader is the bizarre Donald Trump, who invites the WIkileaker into his bedchamber.

January 5, 2017
Trump can be ever so polite to his paragon Putin

That Rude, Crude Trump Is Ever So Polite — To Putin, His Paragon

What exactly do Trump voters think they’re getting out of the Russian connection? Most simply don’t care. They’ve basically chosen party over country. They dislike Americans who vote Democratic far more than Putin, a distant figure. And most are too busy gloating and rationalizing Trump’s boasts to worry about the Kremlin’s arm lock on the White House.

December 21, 2016
Alex Jones, conspiracy theories, Donald Trump

Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Claims The CIA Is Trying To ‘Assassinate’ Trump

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been repeatedly warning Trump that “rogue elements” within the CIA are trying to “assassinate” him before he takes office. Trump reportedly speaks to Jones on the phone and watches his videos, and he has previously echoed Jones’ other conspiracy theories and rhetoric.

December 20, 2016
Right-wing news, russia, Putin

How The Right-Wing Media Helped Trump Voters Warm Up To Putin

The right-wing media has spent years holding Putin up as a “better leader” than Obama, which set the stage for Republican opinions to shift in the autocrat’s favor, leading to a nearly 50-point swing in support from conservatives in just over two years.

December 15, 2016
Trump, Putin, CIA

Do The CIA Revelations Mean Trump Will Be Putin’s Puppet?

The CIA’s finding that Putin hacked the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf is extremely dangerous to democracy. Without firing a single shot, the Kremlin is weeks away from installing its puppet in the White House.

December 13, 2016
Trump, Intelligence Briefings

Intelligence Community Worries About Trump’s Refusal To Hear Briefings

Former U.S. intelligence officers, already concerned about some of Trump’s remarks disparaging their work, warned that skipping the daily briefing could leave Trump slow to recognize developing crises.

December 13, 2016
Seth Meyers examines Trump's Russian hacking scandal

#EndorseThis: Did Trump Try To Frame Christie For Russian Hacking?

During the campaign, Trump went so far as to hint that a “400-pound guy at his home in New Jersey” hacked those Democratic emails. Was he trying to frame the nefarious Chris Christie? Now, instead of taking daily intelligence briefings, he’s on a campaign-style tour of rallies, handing out hideous hats.

December 13, 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
Pompeo

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
Guantanamo, Obama

‘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

#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

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