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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



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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



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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



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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



Flickr / zimpenfish (CC-BY-SA)

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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Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE



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



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail

Why Gen. Petraeus’ Assassination Inc. Threatens Us All

Greatly expanded U.S. military Special Ops teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / courtesy anarchosyn.

Illegal Immigration Isn’t the Only Thing Infuriating Arizona Residents

At midnight on July 15, Arizona’s Department of Public Safety pulled the plug on dozens of speed cameras that criss-crossed state highways, part of a widely loathed program to catch traffic violators and control erratic driving. This at a time when every other government agency around the nation is steadily adopting as many enhanced security technologies as possible.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Vahid Salemi

Others, Besides Iranians, Aren’t Crazy About Sanctions

When it comes to registering disapproval for Iran’s nuclear program, certain key members of the international community keep pushing the same button—that would be the one marked sanctions. But is this becoming more of a rote reflex than an effective strategy?

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


Spy Agencies Out of Control

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Posted on Jul 25, 2010 READ MORE


Our Secret Leviathan

Back in the bad old days of the Cold War—when mutual nuclear annihilation was a policy option—a culture of secrecy arose in Washington. What wise observers understood even then was that while governments tried to keep secrets from each other, their chief concern was to keep secrets from their own people.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Intel Nominee Doesn’t Get It

After James Clapper’s response to the devastating Washington Post series on the intelligence complex, President Obama should seriously reconsider his nomination to be director of national intelligence.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Washington Post Delves Into ‘Top Secret America’

It’s no secret that the intelligence community in the United States has undergone significant changes since Sept. 11, 2001, but the extent to which the spying business has expanded in nine years is nearly impossible to gauge ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Maya Hitij

Calling All Future-Eaters

We sit passive and dumb as corporations and the leaders of industrialized nations ensure that climate change will accelerate to levels that could mean the extinction of our species. Homo sapiens, as the biologist Tim Flannery points out, are the “future-eaters.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Boris SV (CC-BY-ND)

U.S. and Russia Set to Swap Spies

The family of a Russian scientist convicted in 2004 of spying for the CIA says he and nine other prisoners were being prepared for an exchange brokered by U.S. and Russian authorities. The deal would reportedly see the return of the alleged Russian spies who were recently arrested on American soil.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Joseph Rivera Rebolledo

CIA Director Is a Downer When He Makes Sense

CIA Director Leon Panetta estimates that there are currently fewer than 100 al-Qaida fighters—that’s one for every thousand or so U.S. soldiers—left in Afghanistan. Outgoing intelligence director James Jones has used the same figure. (Rant continues after the jump.)

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE


Why We Can’t Just ‘Look Forward’

The years of detainee abuse and constitutional violations cannot be dismissed so easily, because the past is still with us—and so are the dangers that drew America’s leaders toward the dark side.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


Newest National Security Strategy Is an Elaboration of the Old

Even though Barack Obama writes that America cannot allow the burdens of the 21st century to “fall on American shoulders alone,” he similarly cannot accept that the United States deviate from the globalist ambitions emphasized in the published strategies of both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE



DoD photo / SSG Lorie Jewell, U.S. Army

Secret U.S. Plans for Clandestine Mideast Military Activity Brought to Light

The New York Times is calling it a “secret directive,” but it’s not so secret anymore, it would appear: Back in September, Gen. David Petraeus signed an order to expand “clandestine military activity” around the Middle East.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE



Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Adm. Blair Out as Intelligence Director

Retired Adm. Dennis Blair is expected to announce his resignation after less than a year and a half on the job. The national intelligence director, who oversees 16 intelligence agencies, had his share of run-ins with the administration in that time.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force

Cloak and Dagger Inc.

The U.S. military, despite reports to the contrary, has continued to rely on a secret private spy network, akin to a Blackwater with brains, that has provided a stream of intelligence to military forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan for more than a year.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



One Marine’s ‘Liberty Walk’ for the Rest of Us

Ernest Logan Bell, a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran walking 90 miles to make a point, is the new face of the resistance. He is young, at home in the culture of the military, deeply suspicious of the federal government, disgusted by the liberal elite, unable to find work and angry.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Targets American Imam al-Awlaki

Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is a U.S. citizen, but he’s also wanted—dead or alive—by the U.S. government. The CIA has been given the go-ahead to target al-Awlaki, who’s now in Yemen, and to capture or kill him for allegedly threatening his home country.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army

Spies Gone Wild: Afghanistan

A Defense Department official may have diverted millions from a Pentagon-funded research website to hire a rogue band of spies he reportedly called “my Jason Bournes” (as in the Matt Damon super assassin). These Jason Bournes, The New York Times reports, allegedly spent time running around both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border looking for militants to have killed.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Chris Carlson

Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama

The illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all begun under George W. Bush, raise only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals when propagated by the Democrats.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


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cia.gov

CIA, Pakistan Spying in Tandem

In case you didn’t know, there’s a “secret war,” as The New York Times puts it, going on in Pakistan, and the drone attacks that occasionally make headlines represent just one tactic that the U.S. is employing to target militants. Another involves CIA operatives joining forces with their Pakistani counterparts at the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence, the ISI.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


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