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Tag: Cia

Why Government Access to Encrypted Messages Won’t Make Us Safer

Since the Paris attacks, some officials and pundits have argued that government agencies should have a “back door” to encoded apps. But such a capability would only compromise the communications of law-abiding citizens, and terrorists would quickly find new ways to evade detection.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE

How the Government Made Me a Dissident

Nothing helps you appreciate our constitutional rights like being robbed of them.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Scapegoating Edward Snowden Is ‘Irrational’ and Troubling, Advocates Warn

Shifting the blame to “unauthorized disclosures,” security officials seize on Paris tragedy to expand the surveillance state.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Manufacturing Terror: How Saudi Arabia Helped Create Islamic State

In light of the latest terrorist attacks in Paris, we take a look back at an interview with CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who singled out Saudi Arabia for its role in creating radical extremism in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: Robert Scheer and David Talbot Explore the Origins of America’s Secret Government

In the second episode of “Scheer Intelligence”—Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new KCRW podcast— founding Editor David Talbot tells how former CIA chief Allen Dulles defied Franklin Roosevelt to conscript former Nazi leaders in preparation for war with the Soviet Union—one of many deviations from official history that are recounted in Talbot’s new book, “The Devil’s Chessboard.” (With transcript)

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone

Members of America’s spy agency don’t even learn the rules.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

WikiLeaks Publishes Emails It Claims Were Hacked From CIA Chief’s Personal Account

The whistleblowing site has published a number of emails related to intelligence projects allegedly written by CIA chief John Brennan.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

What Clinton Got Wrong About Snowden

The former secretary of state attacked the NSA whistleblower without bothering to get her facts straight.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

An Open Letter to President Obama From the Wife of Convicted Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

Dear Mr. President, I would like to introduce you to the real Jeffrey Sterling, my best friend and husband for the past 11 years who was sentenced to prison as a whistleblower.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE

Investigators Seek Evidence Implicating the CIA in 1976 Murder of Chilean Diplomat on U.S. Soil

Recently declassified documents make it clear that the brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet ordered the car-bomb killing of Chile’s former Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier near the White House in 1976. However, an important question remains.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. to Ax $500 Million Scheme to Train Syrian Rebels

As the Russian military intervenes directly to support the Syrian government, the U.S. will end a $500 million program to train and equip “moderate” Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE

What Kevin McCarthy’s Benghazi Gaffe Tells Us About the GOP

Rep. McCarthy, the likely successor to House Speaker John Boehner, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity explicitly on Tuesday night that the Hillary Clinton investigation was part of a “strategy to fight and win.” But why?

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

CIA, Special Ops and NSA Cooperating to Kill Militants in Syria and Iraq

“In an effort that ramped up over the last year, intelligence analysts and special operators have harnessed an array of satellites, sensors, drones and other technology to track and kill elusive militants across a vast, rugged area of Syria and Iraq,” according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Former CIA Agent Trying to Reveal How the U.S. Runs Afghanistan’s Opium Trade Is in Jail

A retired CIA analyst claims the U.S. government is trying to frame him in order to quiet his tell-all book on drug smuggling in Afghanistan; Ronald Reagan’s offspring send Donald Trump a message; meanwhile, a Los Angeles man wakes up from a coma speaking ancient Hebrew. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Intel Chief Admits Iraq and Syria May Not Survive as States (Video)

Public remarks by the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and by CIA Director John Brennan suggest that Washington may be starting to accept the possibility of a breakup of both Syria and Iraq. But that’s not necessarily how things will turn out.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

Can Apple, Google and Facebook Save Us From Big Brother?

The big tech companies have the resources to launch a campaign for privacy that could change the world. As one scholar and researcher has written, “They may be our best chance out of this surveillance mess.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

The Story of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Filmmakers and the CIA Just Got Creepier

The Oscar-winning film “Zero Dark Thirty” became a prestigious awards vehicle for its co-creators, journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow. It also became a source of controversy—and all the more so after this latest news.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Independent Investigation Undermines Key Evidence Justifying U.S. Hostility Toward Iran

Interviews with more than a dozen former FBI, CIA and other federal officials found compelling evidence that the 1996 bombing of a U.S. Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia was carried out by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida—not Iran-supported Saudi Hezbollah, as U.S. officials claim.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

In His Own Words: The Invisible Sentence Against Whistleblower John Kiriakou

Getting hassled during international travel is an “unseen addition” to the 30-month prison sentence and the loss of his federal pension that the CIA whistleblower has discovered in the wake of confirming that the U.S. government tortured terrorism suspects post-9/11.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

Psychologists Who Concealed U.S. Torture Program May Face Charges

The country’s largest professional organization of psychologists faces a crisis after a damning independent review alleging post-9/11 “collusion.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

Revealed: The West’s Role in the Genocide at Srebrenica

A new investigation into declassified evidence shows that, in an attempt to secure a larger peace deal, British, American and French governments knowingly left the Muslim population of the Bosnian town vulnerable to a genocide that killed 8,000 men and boys in 1995.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

New Details About Drone Attacks Reported From Documents Leaked by Snowden

The New York Times on Wednesday reported details about American counterterrorism officials’ use of drone strikes in countries such as Yemen, as well as the working relationship between intelligence agencies in the U.S. and the U.K.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Former NSA Director Hayden Dismisses Snowden’s Impact

At The Wall Street Journal’s CFO conference, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden disparaged the idea that the leaking of documents by Edward Snowden was a two-year “nightmare” for the agency.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE

CIA Empowered Its Director to Override Rules on Human Experimentation

A secret document published by The Guardian on Monday reveals that, despite having explicit guidelines against “human experimentation,” the Central Intelligence Agency empowered its director to rule on questions of medical ethics in its post-9/11 torture program.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE

Has America Changed Since Edward Snowden’s Disclosures?

On the second anniversary of Snowden’s historic act of civil disobedience, it is worth reviewing what has changed—and what has not.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 2 of 10)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and The Real News Network’s Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss the inherent contradictions in Silicon Valley’s ideology and practices in the second installment of TRNN’s show “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE

The Secret Origins of the CIA’s Torture Program and the Forgotten Man Who Tried to Expose It

Anthony J. Russo blew the whistle on American torture policy in Vietnam and on an intelligence debacle at the center of the decision-making that helped turn that war into a nightmare. Neither of his revelations saw the light of day in his own time or ours. And while Daniel Ellsberg remains a major figure for his role in releasing the Pentagon Papers, Russo is a forgotten man.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Whistleblower John Kiriakou

The former CIA agent has seen his life ripped apart by the government because he revealed CIA torture. However, he continues to stand up for truth and humaneness and against a system that views all of us as undiscovered felons. 

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: Whistleblower John Kiriakou to Robert Scheer: Whistleblowers ‘Are Not Alone’

The U.S. government is out to “ruin” people who expose official wrongoing “in every conceivable way,” says John Kiriakou in an interview with Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer. Kiriakou is a 14-year CIA veteran who was jailed for confirming that the U.S. government tortured prisoners via waterboarding.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Former CIA Deputy Director Grilled on Falsehoods That Led to Iraq War

In a heated 10-minute exchange, MSNBC host Chris Matthews confronts CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell with the question of why, during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, he let Vice President Dick Cheney get away with saying Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was building nuclear weapons.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Seymour Hersh Stands by His bin Laden Story, and His Sources

Of course the investigative reporter used anonymous sources in his exposé on the bin Laden raid. Only with anonymous sources can journalists get past the wall that the Obama administration has built by prosecuting whistleblowers.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE

Memo to the Media: Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden Story Isn’t About Seymour Hersh

How did the veteran journalist’s recent investigation into how the Obama administration might not have shot straight with its account of how Osama bin Laden met his end in 2011 turn into another tedious attempt to shoot the messenger by certain members of the U.S. media?

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE

Visiting the Torture Museum: Barbarism Then and Now

Someday, at an official U.S. torture museum, our children may wonder how we ever adopted the worst traditions of terror in the Age of Barbarism Lite.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE

A Forceful Call to Rescue Democracy: Peter Richardson on Robert Scheer’s New Book

The Truthdig editor-in-chief’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” continues the important work on the abuse of power he began five decades ago, writes Peter Richardson at The National Memo.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE

Secret Service

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE

Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’

Think you need to be apprehended overseas by American authorities in order to be held in a “black site”? Think again.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE


How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley

For years, the outsourcing of defense and intelligence work was, with good reason, controversial in political circles.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE

Yemeni Boy Was Killed by U.S. ‘Death Machines’ He Once Described

Although the U.S. government has claimed otherwise, 13-year-old Mohammed Tuaiman, who was killed in a CIA-backed drone strike Jan. 26 in Hareeb, Yemen, had no connection to al-Qaida, according to his family.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE

Saying No to Torture

Why was it again that, as President Obama said, “we tortured some folks” after the 9/11 attacks? Oh, right, because we were terrified.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE

Former CIA Agent and Whistleblower John Kiriakou Gives Post-Prison Interview

The former CIA agent-turned-whistleblower tells Amy Goodman he doesn’t regret his decision to expose the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE

Oh, No: The ACLU Helped Jail CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

One of the U.S.’ most respected civil liberties organizations collaborated with President Reagan’s CIA in writing secrecy laws that enabled the prosecution of Bush-era whistleblower John Kiriakou, reports Mark Ames at Pando Daily.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE


Why Isn’t David Petraeus on Trial?

The U.S. government has treated principled whistle-blowers like treasonous spies, yet Attorney General Eric Holder has reportedly ignored recommendations from his own FBI and Justice Department to prosecute former CIA chief David Petraeus.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE

Japan’s Aversion Toward Sex and Romance Could Be Detrimental to the World

The Japanese “celibacy syndrome” isn’t just a problem that will affect Japan’s economy; new documents reveal that former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted to ban sex toys in her country; meanwhile, the German government’s anger over NSA leaks has been curbed due to fear of Islamic State. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE

The American Public Gets Distracted From Torture

News this holiday season of the hacking of Sony studios and new U.S. relations with Cuba “flushed” the bad news of the Senate’s torture report from the public mind, Robert Hennelly writes at Salon.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE

Torture Report Defense

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE

Mark Udall Can Make History by Releasing the Torture Report

Mark Udall, the outgoing Democratic senator from Colorado, may be a lame duck, leaving office in less than a week. But his most important work in the Senate may still be before him.

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 READ MORE

What Do Llamas Have to Do With AIDS?

The furry South American creatures may hold the cure to AIDS; Flickr gave up on its plan to sell prints of Creative Commons photos after much criticism; meanwhile, Dick Cheney admits he has no problem with innocent people being tortured. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 READ MORE

The Case Against Torture

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s U.S. military-appointed attorney says in this short documentary, “How we treat people ... is a reflection of who we are as Americans.”

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE

Did the CIA Torture So Bush Could Invade Iraq? (Video)

The Bush administration and the CIA tortured al-Qaida suspects because they wanted evidence that linked Saddam Hussein to 9/11 and could be used to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Middle East expert Patrick Cockburn writes at The Independent.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei and the Center for Constitutional Rights

The senior attorney at the celebrated civil liberties group is pushing for the prosecution of U.S. officials who tortured detainees and terrorism suspects—an issue the Senate’s report on the subject was conspicuously silent about.

Posted on Dec 21, 2014 READ MORE

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