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CIA Takes a Big Hit in Lebanon

The CIA has lost a foothold, and some measure of its critical anonymity, in Lebanon after some of the spy agency’s operatives were exposed in recent months. Last June, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah triumphantly announced that at least two agents had been nabbed within his organization’s ranks ... (more)

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE



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The CIA Takes to Twitter and Facebook

Is the CIA following your tweets? Or perhaps it “Likes” your latest thoughts while showering that you have posted on Facebook. These startling considerations may apply only if you’re overseas—or so the agency says.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE



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What’s a Seasoned CIA Agent Doing at the NYPD?

Here’s a spooky story: The Central Intelligence Agency has once again called unwanted attention to its clandestine collaboration with the New York Police Department, a relationship that was fortified after 9/11 and led to special NYPD surveillance of the city’s Muslim communities, as it has come to the notice of select lawmakers and media outlets that an experienced CIA operative ... (more)

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE



Magharebia (CC-BY)

Secret U.S. Panel May Put Americans on ‘Kill List’

Alleged al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki, killed last month in an American drone attack in Yemen, was placed on a kill and capture list managed by a secretive panel of senior U.S. government officials. What the president knows of the panel’s operations and his role in its decision-making process are being kept hidden. (more)

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 READ MORE



The Man Nobody Knew

The Sad, Secret Life of a Spy

A fascinating new documentary seeks to unravel the mysteries of William Colby, or, as the title would have it, “The Man Nobody Knew.”

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Drone Attack Kills Al-Qaida Leader

The CIA launched a drone attack Friday in northern Yemen that killed Anwal al-Awlaki, one of the most influential remaining leaders of al-Qaida wanted by the United States, authorities said.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 READ MORE


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 / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Petraeus Sworn In as Director of CIA

Gen. David Petraeus was sworn in Tuesday as director of the CIA, leaving behind a 37-year military career for the opportunity to lead the covert civilian war against al-Qaida.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Documents Show Close CIA Relationship to Gadhafi Regime

The CIA had a close relationship with Libyan intelligence under the regime of Moammar Gadhafi, according to documents seized from Libyan intelligence headquarters.

Posted on Sep 3, 2011 READ MORE


Robert Baer on Libya and Blowback

Veteran CIA officer Robert Baer speaks to radio host Ian Masters about the shifting political sands in the Middle East as the “Arab Spring” claims another dictator.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Keller (CC-BY)

Taking the Justice Out of the Justice System

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the unexpected extent of the damage Americans have done to themselves and their institutions is coming into better focus.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham

Assassination as Foreign Policy

Global domination is a political policy that cannot possibly succeed. The world is not open to domination by a single state. The effort to establish it will destroy the United States itself.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

America’s Disappeared

Torture, prolonged detention without trial, sexual humiliation, rape, disappearance, extortion, looting, random murder and abuse have become, as in Argentina during the Dirty War, part of our own subterranean world of detention sites and torture centers.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


Israel Is Likely to Attack Iran, CIA Veteran Robert Baer Warns

Robert Baer, the veteran CIA operations officer whose book was the basis for the film “Syriana,” says an Israeli attack on Iran is likely and warns that the U.S. could be drawn into yet another conflict.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Pakistani Lawyer Blocked From U.S. After Suing CIA on Drone Strikes

Pakistani lawyer and human rights champion Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who has aided the U.S. government in legal counterterrorism efforts, was banned from traveling to the States to speak at Columbia Law School after suing the CIA about drone strikes that have killed civilians in his country. (more)

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 READ MORE



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The Drawdown That Wasn’t

Tom Engelhardt, a fellow at The Nation Institute and creator and editor of TomDispatch.com, takes a close accounting of President Obama’s Afghanistan speech delivered in late June, in which Americans were told that this year the U.S. would begin winding down its war in that country. (more)

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. James Harper

Our Robotic Assassins

The skies over at least six countries are patrolled by robotic aircraft, operated by the U.S. military or the CIA, that fire missiles to carry out targeted assassinations. I am convinced that this method of waging war is cost-effective but not that it is moral.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Hacktivist Outfit LulzSec Says Bon Voyage

Lulz Security is no more. The humorous hackers who attacked targets including PBS and the CIA released a statement announcing that “Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance. ...” (more)

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Ex-Spy Says Bush White House Wanted to ‘Get’ Juan Cole

In a story that harks back to the bad old days of intelligence abuses, a former CIA spook says he and another agency staffer were asked by Bush administration officials to dig up dirt on Mideast scholar, Iraq war critic and Truthdig columnist Juan Cole. (more)

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Hack Attack: Senate, CIA Sites Take a Hit

A band of hackers by the collective name of LulzSec brought the CIA’s website down for the count Wednesday, and while they were at it the technogeeks broke into the Senate’s site.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Aqeel Ahmed

Pakistan Busts Alleged Aides in Bin Laden Blitz

This bit of news probably will not help the already dicey relationship between Pakistan and the U.S.: Pakistani officials have arrested five people believed to have assisted the CIA in the operation that felled Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad last month. 

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / lamantin

MI6: Make Cupcakes, Not Bombs

British intelligence operatives reportedly hacked the website of a new English-language magazine published by al-Qaida, replacing bomb-making instructions with a cupcake recipe. (more)

Posted on Jun 4, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Reset: Arab Spring or Same Old Thing?

If you follow the words, one Middle East comes into view; if you follow the weapons, quite another.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Pakistan Grasps for Credit in the Finding of bin Laden

Although a team of highly trained U.S. SEALs backed by months of careful CIA and military preparation executed Sunday’s raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, the Pakistani military would like you to know that it was its unparalleled intelligence work that ultimately led to the takedown of the world’s most wanted terrorist.

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE


Robert Baer’s Take on bin Laden

Robert Baer, the former agency man who takes the form of George Clooney in “Syriana,” has an alternative view on the death of Osama bin Laden.

Posted on May 4, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Birthers and Bernanke; Petraeus and Panetta

The American political climate took on a certain circus-like quality this week, with GOP showman Donald Trump stirring up the birther controversy yet another—and, given the result, hopefully the last—time. Thankfully, we have “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Matt Miller, Tony Blankley and special guest Mary Matalin to cut through the noise on that issue.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE


‘Oh Yeah, Prove It’

This just in: President Obama has proved, yet again, that he is a natural-born citizen of the United States. Which we already knew—“we” meaning those of us who believe there is such a thing as objective reality.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Government

Musical Chairs at CIA and Pentagon

President Obama is expected to announce Thursday that CIA Director Leon Panetta will be the new defense secretary, replacing Robert Gates, and that the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, will head the CIA.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / welovepands

The Bay of Pigs Turns 50

This weekend marked the 50th anniversary of Cuba’s defeat of a CIA-backed invasion at the Bay of Pigs, and the communist nation remembered the occasion with a parade Saturday celebrating the bloody nose it delivered to its powerful neighbor. 

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP / K.M. Chaudary

Pakistan to U.S.: Tone It Down With the Whole CIA Thing

It’s not like we couldn’t have seen this coming: Due in part to a special request made by the head of the Pakistani army, the U.S. has been asked to scale back significantly on the number of CIA operatives in Pakistan and to stop drone attacks on northern militants.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE



Cuba From the Other Side

I thought it would be helpful if people who are always hearing and reading about the “repression of dissidents” in Cuba and jump to their defense could also hear the other side: What happened to the thousands of people whose lives were affected by the actions of terrorists from inside and outside the country.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lorie L. Jewell

Petraeus to Head CIA?

After many long months of leading U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus is said to be considered for, and considering, the easy and relaxing job of CIA director. Meanwhile, current CIA chief Leon Panetta reportedly has his sights set on the Pentagon.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane

Secret History of the Libyan Uprising

Since President Obama’s “no U.S. boots on the ground” declaration—a statement that has been repeated by every U.S. spokesman since, we have learned that, in fact, CIA operatives have been active in Libya.

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 READ MORE



The CIA Is in Libya

Anonymous officials tell the Los Angeles Times that “The CIA has been on the ground in rebel-held areas of Libya since shortly after the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli was evacuated.” Those agents are reportedly offering “nonlethal assistance” to the rebels and getting to know them.

Posted on Mar 30, 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



By Carlos Latuff (http://twitpic.com/3tiwqf) [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

Mubarak Will Not Step Down (Video)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak once again defied calls to step down. During a 10-minute speech Thursday, Mubarak repeated that he will stay on until September elections, contradicting widespread reports that he would capitulate. Anderson Cooper just called Mubarak’s “lies” a “slap in the face.”

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Hey Obama, Read WikiLeaks

After a good start, the Obama administration’s response to the democratic revolution in Egypt has begun to exude the odor of betrayal, falling back on the sordid option of backing a new and improved dictatorship. But this time the Egyptian street will not meekly go along. 

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


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CIA Launches W.T.F.

What will those clever minds at the CIA think of next? The agency has assembled a task force to gauge the effects of WikiLeaks’ recent intelligence exposés on its operations, dubbed the WikiLeaks Task Force—or W.T.F. for short.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Fradioon Pooya

Speaking Ill of ‘the Best and the Brightest’

One of “the best and the brightest” died last week, and in Richard Holbrooke we had a perfect example of the dark mischief to which David Halberstam referred when he authored that ironic label.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



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Sweden Says No Political Pressure Spurred Assange Arrest

Although the timing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest and proposed extradition to Sweden seemed a tad conspicuous, what with the site’s recent big release that angered and embarrassed several powers that be around the globe, Sweden is denying ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE



Congress via Wikimedia Commons

WikiLeaks Outs U.S. Diplomats’ Saucy Secrets

According to diplomatic cables obtained and leaked by the whistle-blowers extraordinaire, the king of Saudi Arabia asked the U.S. to attack Iran, Hillary Clinton instructed her diplomats to spy on U.N. leaders and others, Vladimir Putin is ...

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE



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No Punishment Over Destruction of CIA Torture Tapes

After a three-year investigation, the government has decided not to charge the CIA officers who destroyed 92 videotapes of waterboarding after the White House and the agency had ordered that the recordings be preserved.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

The High Price of Patriotism

It’s over for the U.S. in Afghanistan, but that doesn’t mean the death and destruction are about to stop. Quagmires don’t just go away. However, the signs are everywhere that the American course in that nation is doomed.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Franklin Reyes

Cuba by the Numbers

Fidel Castro recently told The Atlantic that the Cuban model does not work anymore, not even for Cuba. But according to statistics collected by none other than the CIA, the Cuban model has actually worked very well.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Celebrates Kissinger While White House Repeats His Mistakes

Future historians will marvel at how U.S. leaders failed to learn from their horrific crimes in Indochina, and are instead repeating many of them today.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad at U.N.

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AP / Mary Schwalm

Retribution for a World Lost in Screens

Like the Ancients, we arrogant humans who turn ourselves into objects of worship and build ruthless systems of power to control the world around us will get what we are due.

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE



Pentagon to Make Secrets Book an Instant Best-Seller

Anthony A. Shaffer, a former spy for the military who went by the preposterous pseudonym “Christopher Stryker,” was clever enough to publish a memoir with information the Pentagon would prefer to keep secret. As a result, the military is in negotiations to buy every single copy.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Court Dismisses Torture Flights Case

Five men who say they were kidnapped and tortured would like to sue a Boeing subsidiary for flying them to their agony, but the Obama administration successfully convinced an appeals court Wednesday to throw out the case. One judge said the court “reluctantly” bought the national security argument.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE


Sept. 11: A Day Without War

The ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States should serve as a moment to reflect on tolerance. It should be a day of peace.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE


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