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Former FBI Interrogator Tells ‘60 Minutes’ About Emergence of Torture Tactics

Little is publicly known about the security investigations that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but a recent “60 Minutes” interview with a former FBI agent shed some light on what had been going on behind the scenes.

Posted on Sep 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hamza Ahmed, File

‘Blood Money’ Springs CIA Contractor From Pakistan Jail

Lucky for him. Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor who was nabbed in January after shooting and killing two men in Pakistan (the news of which wasn’t released until February), has been freed from detainment after the payment of “blood money” to the victims’ families.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP / K.M. Chaudary

American Nabbed in Pakistan Has CIA Ties

Last month’s arrest in Pakistan of one Raymond Davis, an American working security for other U.S. operatives in Lahore—and an American with clear employment ties to the CIA and previously to Blackwater Worldwide—has made for additional diplomatic strain between the two nations.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


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FBI Agents Busted for Cheating

One would think that if a bunch of FBI operatives were to devise a plan to cheat on a key intelligence exam, they might be a little more creative and a lot less obvious about it than the group of agents who recently drew attention to themselves ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE


Hidden Talent
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Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents

In this first-ever history of Hollywood agents, Tom Kemper mines agency archives to present an insider’s view of their tooth-and-claw rise to power during the studio era. Through case studies of key figures like Myron Selznick and Charles Feldman, we see that the agent’s character and social relationships functioned within a business structure—a good reputation and powerful connections were an agent’s most precious assets.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


Eight CIA Agents Reportedly Killed in Afghanistan

Eight CIA officers died after a suicide bomber set off an explosive vest at the Forward Operating Base Chapman in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, marking the deadliest attack on U.S. intelligence officials since the early ’80s, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann Not Coveting Russert’s Chair, Thank You Very Much

After his rather startling Rupert-Murdoch-as-evil-pirate impression, Keith Olbermann takes a moment in this clip to fire back at a report, printed Friday in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column, that he’s angling for the late Tim Russert’s job as anchor of “Meet the Press.” Regardless of whether there’s truth behind the rumors, it’s apparent that Olbermann has a very rosy view of how entertainment agents operate.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008 READ MORE


Pelosi
AP photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Waterboarding Our Democracy

When the CIA destroyed those prisoner interrogation videotapes, was it also destroying the truth about 9/11?  After all, according to the 9/11 Commission Report, the basic narrative of what happened on that day comes from the CIA’s account of what those prisoners told their torturers.  And what about those congressional leaders, including Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi, who were briefed on the torture program as early as 2002? 

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


Kiriakou

Ex-CIA Agent: White House Authorized Torture

Former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who witnessed the waterboarding of top al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaida, has said that the practice is indeed torture and “a policy made at the White House, with concurrence from the National Security Council and the Justice Department.” Kiriakou added during an interview with NBC that the destruction of video evidence of the technique was “a terrible mistake.”

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


Valerie Plame Wilson

‘Daily Show’:  Valerie Plame Wilson’s Covert Bosom

Say what you want about the serious news function of satirical shows like “The Daily Show” in today’s treacherous media landscape, but only those, like Jon Stewart, operating in the Comedy Central orbit can get away with asking ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson if her breasts “are still working for the CIA.” 

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


Valerie Plame
washingtontimes.com

Plame Tells Tale of Betrayal in New Memoir

In her new memoir, former CIA officer Valerie Plame tells of her shock as the Bush administration presented evidence in 2003 that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction—“I knew key parts of it were wrong,” she says—as well as her take on her outing as a CIA employee.

Posted on Oct 20, 2007 READ MORE


Che in Havana
AP photo / Javier Galeano

Killing Che Guevara

Forty years after his death at the hands of CIA operatives and Bolivian troops, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara has become a legend and an icon, as evidenced by the familiar image of his face emblazoned on the T-shirts of college students everywhere.  To mark the anniversary of his assassination, the BBC interviewed Felix Rodriguez, an ex-CIA agent who received the order to have Guevara shot.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


Feds Getting Phone Data Without Warrants

Officials from the Dept. of Homeland Security and the FBI are paying private data brokers to gather personal phone record information—circumventing the need to obtain warrants for such data.

  • It’s ironic that some federal agents are availing themselves of this potentially illegal service; other federal agents (from the FCC) are already investigating the practice. See “Feds Probe Sale of Private Phone Records”
  • And earlier: All Your Phone Call Records Are for Sale, Cheap

  • Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Italians Seek Indictment of American Soldier

    Italian prosecutors want U.S. Marine Mario Lozano to stand trial for the death of Nicola Calipari, a 51-year-old Italian intelligence agent who was killed at a U.S. roadblock in Iraq. Calipari was escorting an Italian journalist who had been released by kidnappers. A report published by Italy last year conflicts with the U.S. version of events and, according to the BBC, cited “the troops’ stress and inexperience.”

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    John McCain, Former Maverick

    Now the Arizona senator says it’s “an honor” to speak at the college of Jerry Falwell’s, the same man he once called an “agent of intolerance.”

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


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    CIA Agent on ‘60 Minutes’: Bush Ignored WMD Evidence

    The former highest-ranking CIA officer in Europe tells Ed Bradley that the White House ignored intelligence that said there were no WMDs or an active weapons program in Iraq. The interview airs on CBS Sunday, April 23.

    Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Andrea Mitchell
    From crooksandliars.com

    Report: CIA Agent Fired for Leaking

    The CIA has fired an agent who allegedly leaked information about secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe to The Washington Post, reports MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. Fox News has more.

    Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Top Counter-Terrorism Official Removed Amid Turmoil at the CIA

    The departure “comes at a time when the agency is bleeding top talent, robbing the CIA of institutional memory and damaging morale among case officers and analysts.” | story

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


    NSA Whistleblower to Testify

    A former NSA agent tells Democracy Now! that he will testify to Congress about Bush’s “unlawful and unconstitutional” spy program. Story.

    Posted on Jan 3, 2006 READ MORE


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