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Bush Administration Ignored 9/11 Warnings

For those who never knew, the Bush White House received numerous warnings from the counterterrorism desk at the CIA of an imminent attack by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida on the United States. Former New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald tells of the still-classified briefs issued to the Bush administration in the months leading up to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE

The Guardian

Children Killed by Teenage Suicide Bomber in Kabul

A teenage suicide bomber who had posed as a street hawker killed six people, including four children gathered around an iPhone, when he detonated explosives hidden in his backpack near the headquarters of the NATO-led military force in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE

Justice Dept. Closes Probe of CIA Prison Deaths

The U.S. Justice Department ordered a “complete whitewash” of accountability in the torture and killing of prisoners in CIA custody at the end of a three-year investigation on Thursday, announcing it will not prosecute anyone involved in those cases, says Glenn Greenwald, columnist for The Guardian.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE

Kradlum (CC BY 2.0)

The Congressional Push for Secrecy

The U.S. Congress—one of the branches intended by America’s founders to balance the president’s power—is showing just as much and in some cases more interest in preserving a growing culture of secrecy as its executive counterpart, says Steven Aftergood, secrecy researcher at the Federation of American Scientists.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE

FreedomHouse2 (CC BY 2.0)

Obama Reportedly OKs Support for Syrian Rebels

President Barack Obama earlier this year secretly authorized the CIA and other U.S. agencies to support Syrian rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad, anonymous sources have told Reuters.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE

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That Makes No Sense!

When my daughter was little and I read to her regularly, one illustrated book was a favorite of ours. In a series of scenes, a frustrated young girl booms out: “that makes me mad!” For our present national security moment, however, I might amend the book’s punch line slightly.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 READ MORE

The Penguin Press

A Former CIA Operative Against Excessive Secrecy

Human rights lawyer Scott Horton, on the Harper’s Magazine website, asks career CIA counterterrorism agent Henry Crumpton what America can do to balance the need for secrecy with the people’s right to know what their government is doing. Crumpton is author of the new book “The Art of Intelligence.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE

Malakh Kelevra (CC BY-ND 2.0)

More Than $11 Billion Spent Keeping Secrets Secret

The amount the U.S. government spent to keep classified information secret exceeded $11 billion in 2011—12 percent more than during the previous year.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE

Fruit of the Boom

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Lance Page/

Would-Be Underwear Bomber Was CIA Double Agent

The recently uncovered al-Qaida plot to take down a U.S.-bound airliner took a dramatic turn Tuesday: It turns out that the would-be bomber who was chosen to carry out the mission was actually an informant for the CIA.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE

AP/J.P. Karas

Report: Al-Qaida Bomb Plot Against Jet Thwarted

The CIA foiled an elaborate new underwear bomb plot by an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen that was intended to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE

Secret Service Scandal Worsens

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 READ MORE

Ted Nugent and the Secret Service

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE

China’s Social Media Hall of Mirrors

Social media in China is blurring the lines between facts, lies and rumors, as evidenced by the Bo Xilai case; some homophobic video gamers are in an uproar about characters identifying as homosexual, bisexual or transgender; meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has made it back into young voters’ good graces. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE

New Secret Service Earpiece

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE

Kucinich: ‘Defeat Doesn’t Have Power Over Me’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich on life after Congress; Eric Boehlert of Media Matters on Rush Limbaugh; Frances Causey, director of the new documentary “Heist,” and former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle, who tells us about his struggle with institutionalized torture.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Kucinich: ‘Defeat Doesn’t Have Power Over Me’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich on life after Congress; Eric Boehlert of Media Matters on Rush Limbaugh; Frances Causey, director of the new documentary “Heist,” and former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle, who tells us about his struggle with institutionalized torture.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE

Leaked Email Suggests Secret Indictment of WikiLeaks Founder

Internal emails disclosed by Anonymous and WikiLeaks suggest that Stratfor, a private intelligence firm working with the U.S. Justice Department, has information about a confidential “sealed indictment” for the arraignment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE

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Silent State: Washington’s Campaign Against Whistle-Blowers

There can be little doubt that government retaliation against whistle-blowers is not an isolated event, nor even an agency-by-agency practice. The number of cases in play suggests an organized strategy to deprive Americans of knowledge of the more disreputable things their government does.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE

Report Contradicts Obama on Drone Casualties

U.K.-based investigative reporters working with the Sunday Times have determined that “since Obama took office three years ago, between 282 and 535 civilians have been credibly reported as killed [by CIA drone attacks in Pakistan], including more than 60 children.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE

Blyzz (CC-BY)

Offshore Everywhere: The Plan to End National Sovereignty as We Know It

The defense cuts that will change the American way of war may mean little in monetary terms, but in imperial terms they will make a difference: They will offer a direct challenge to national sovereignty.

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Iranian Students News Agency, Mehdi Ghasemi

Iran, the U.S. and Israel: Blind Man’s Bluff

A lot of people with important-sounding titles pontificate on what lies ahead, but whom are they kidding? It’s like we’re watching kids playing around with vials of highly volatile chemicals.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE

Iran Refuses to Return U.S. Spy Drone

After an American drone was downed last week in Iran, the U.S. made the unrealistic request that Iranian authorities return the spy machine, and on Tuesday, that appeal was unsurprisingly rejected.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE

Big CIA Bust Reported in Iran

This information, we should note, comes from Iran’s state-sponsored news agency, but officials in Tehran said Wednesday they had arrested as many as 12 CIA agents who had been working undercover to gather intelligence about the Iranian nuclear program and what the government planned to do with it.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons

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


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


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

Al-Malahem Media Still

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


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

Flickr / Defence Images

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

Flickr / loop_oh

The Drawdown That Wasn’t

Tom Engelhardt, a fellow at The Nation Institute and creator and editor of, 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

Images from LulzSec

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


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)

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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

Flickr / Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Some rights reserved

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

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