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Time to Tame the Monster

The CIA now admits that it spied on a Senate investigation into the agency’s shameful program of secret detention and torture. Do we need any more proof that the spooks are out of control?

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



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German Official Says Manual Typewriters May Be the Answer to NSA Spying

The idea has since been dismissed by other German politicians, but on a morning talk show, Patrick Sensburg, who is leading the Bundestag’s investigation into NSA surveillance, said the government has considered using non-electronic typewriters.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden: ‘I Was a Spy’

During his interview with NBC’s Brian Williams that will air Wednesday night, whistle-blower Edward Snowden says he was trained as a spy in the traditional sense, and defends his very impressive resume in that regard.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



NSA Spying Caught Law Firm Activities

Investigator Laura Poitras and The New York Times reported Saturday that an unidentified American law firm that had been retained by the Indonesian government was targeted for surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 READ MORE



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New York Times: Edward Snowden ‘Has Done His Country a Great Service’

The New York Times is kicking off 2014 by demanding clemency or a plea deal for Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE



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A Leak of All Things Suggests U.S. Won’t Prosecute Assange

U.S. officials speaking anonymously to The Washington Post said the Justice Department is unlikely to prosecute WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange because of a “New York Times” problem.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE



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The Out-of-Control NSA

Let’s get this straight: The National Security Agency snooped on the cellphone conversations of German Chancellor Angela Merkel? Perhaps for as long as a decade? And President Obama didn’t know a thing about it?

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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I Only Regret That I Have But One Life to Give for My Country: Yours

Washington is now spy central. It surveils not just potential future enemies, but also its closest allies as if they were enemies. Increasingly, the structure built to do a significant part of that spying is aimed at Americans, too, and on a scale that is no less breathtaking.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Snowden Leaks Reveal American Trojan Horse in Europe

I am surprised that in the Edward Snowden affair no one I’ve yet seen has quoted the American statesman Henry L. Stimson.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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America’s New Cold War: Why the Allies Side With Snowden

How inconvenient to find the names of France, Italy, Japan and Mexico among the 38 embassies and missions bugged at will by our electronic spooks.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE



Where in the World Is Edward Snowden?

Speculation about the NSA whistle-blower’s whereabouts has heightened after several witnesses said that he wasn’t on board a flight from Moscow to Cuba, which reports had pegged as his next destination.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE


Dick Cheney
AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

So When Will Dick Cheney Be Charged With Espionage?

What the former vice president did in ordering his aides Scooter Libby and Karl Rove to release the information about Valerie Plame’s identity was no different from Edward Snowden’s decision to contact the press about the NSA surveillance program. And yet, Cheney mysteriously has not been charged with espionage.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Charges Edward Snowden With Espionage

Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against the 29-year-old former NSA contractor who leaked documents revealing details of top-secret surveillance programs this month. Officials say the U.S. has asked Hong Kong to detain Snowden on a provisional arrest warrant.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Fact: The United States Tortured People

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A bipartisan panel tries to end the debate on torture so we don’t do it again, U.S. terrorism, why Congress is free to ignore demand for gun control and the best show you’re not watching.

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 READ MORE


Fact: The United States Tortured People

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A bipartisan panel tries to end the debate on torture so we don’t do it again, U.S. terrorism, why Congress is free to ignore demand for gun control and the best show you’re not watching.

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 READ MORE



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A Bizarro Spy Tale With Missing Pieces

The one familiar aspect of the David Petraeus scandal is that he had an affair. Everything else about this story is weird.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Iran Condemns American to Death in Spying Case

Another story has emerged to further make the headline-ready case that tensions are ratcheting up between Tehran and Washington, this time from the espionage department. On Monday, news hit the wires that an Iranian court had sentenced 28-year-old Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death for allegedly spying for the CIA.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Behold the Cyborg Spy Bugs of the Future

As if our current surveillance society wasn’t creepy enough, the wave of the spying future may come on the backs of creepy-crawlies. No joke—in tiny beetle “backpacks” or perhaps hitched around their wing muscles. Read it and get skeeved out.

Posted on Nov 24, 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



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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Ahmadinejad Says 2 U.S. Hikers Will Be Freed (Updated)

Update: The Iranian Justice Ministry has contradicted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said the release of the two hikers who were sentenced to eight years in prison could be delayed.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Hikers in Iran Sentenced to 8 Years

Iranian authorities have sentenced two American hikers to eight years in prison for espionage, according to an unnamed source on Iran state television. (more)

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 READ MORE



‘Tiger Trap’: 21st Century Espionage

For decades during the Cold War, the most captivating spy-vs.-spy battle was the one waged between Moscow and Washington. With the rise of China, a new player has entered the game.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Iran Trial Begins for Hikers

Trial has begun in Tehran for two of three American hikers accused of espionage after blundering across the border into Iran. The third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was freed on bail last September and is back in the United States.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP / Jose Luis Magana

Another Diplomatic Oops for the U.S., Courtesy of WikiLeaks

The U.S. and the U.K. have maintained a diplomatically symbiotic relationship, to all appearances, for decades, but yet another WikiLeaks cable cropped up to harsh that friendly mellow late this week. Let the official backpedaling commence.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lennart Preiss

From Jefferson to Assange

It is outrageous for any journalist, or respecter of what every American president has claimed is our inalienable, God-given right to a free press, not to join in Assange’s defense.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Sweden’s Top Court Pushes for Assange’s Arrest

Julian Assange is a wanted man. Sweden’s Supreme Court is the latest on the list of concerned parties around the globe to go after the WikiLeaks founder, giving an extant arrest warrant a boost on Thursday for rape charges stemming from last summer.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE


Julian Assange
AP / APTN Pool

WikiLeaks Founder Lands on Wanted Lists Around the World

WikiLeaks honcho Julian Assange probably didn’t reckon that he could royally tick off so many key players from various global power centers with his site’s revelatory antics and emerge unscathed, and by Tuesday it was clear ...

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE


Spy Agencies Out of Control

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Posted on Jul 25, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

What Is the Point of All This Spying?

Walter Kendall Myers, a former Foreign Service officer, has been sent to prison for life for espionage on behalf of Cuba. Did he knew anything at all that could remotely be termed “secret”?

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE


Russian spy ring
AP / Dana Verkouteren

Accused Russian Spies Plead Guilty

On Thursday, 10 members of an alleged Russian spy ring pleaded guilty of espionage in a New York courtroom—a move which, as previous reports suggested, could lead to a prisoner swap between Russia and the U.S. Ah, Cold War nostalgia.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE



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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


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Soldier Facing Criminal Charges for Leaking to WikiLeaks (Update)

He’s been hailed as a hero for allegedly publicizing classified video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack that killed 12 civilians in Iraq, but now Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is catching heat from the military for the WikiLeaks exposé.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Russian Spy Has Confessed, Authorities Say

Federal prosecutors claimed Thursday that one of the alleged Russian spies confessed to working for the Russian foreign intelligence service. Uncle Sam is trying to keep the accused in custody, fearing they might otherwise try to flee, armed no doubt with bullet pens, microdots and perhaps even a briefcase jetpack.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Accused Russian Spies Rekindle Cold War Passions

Russian authorities are up in arms over the arrest of 11 Russians accused of spying on the U.S. The FBI announced the arrests Monday, “in the spirit of the spy novel intrigues of the Cold War era,” as the Russian Foreign Ministry put it.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


Nozette
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American Scientist Charged With Espionage

American scientist Stewart David Nozette, who has worked for NASA, the Pentagon and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and even did a stint at the White House, could spend the rest of his life in jail after being charged with passing secrets to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE



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Elderly Couple Arrested as Spies

A 72-year-old former State Department employee and his 71-year-old wife were arrested Thursday on charges of spying for the Cuban government. An undercover FBI agent reportedly tricked the couple into giving up their secret after they allegedly had been engaged in espionage for 30 years.

Posted on Jun 5, 2009 READ MORE



Harald Dettenborn

Report: Rep. Harman Mixed Up With AIPAC, Espionage and Alberto Gonzales

Rep. Jane Harman agreed to go to bat for two AIPAC officials accused of espionage, in exchange for which an Israeli spy would try to get her appointed to chair the House Intelligence Committee, according to Congressional Quarterly. The NSA reportedly captured an exchange between Harman and the spy, during which the congresswoman allegedly said, “This conversation doesn’t exist.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 READ MORE


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John Holmes on ‘The Lost Spy’

Former Time correspondent Andrew Meier presents a riveting exhumation of the previously unknown story of Cy Oggins, an early American-Jewish communist who spied for the Soviets and was killed by them in 1947.

Posted on Oct 3, 2008 READ MORE


Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
commons.wikimedia.org

Still Secret After All These Years

A federal judge has ruled that the testimony of David Greenglass, who helped convict his sister in one of the most famous trials in American history, shall remain secret. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed 55 years ago for conspiracy to commit espionage. Greenglass has since recanted parts of his testimony.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE


Canadian coins
unbsj.ca

Canadian Coins Signal Mysterious Espionage Plot

The Defense Department says it has learned of a plot to spy on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances traveling through Canada. Though it released few other details, the U.S. Defense Security Service says it found tiny transmitters hidden in Canadian coins.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Triple Cross
Huffington Post

‘The Most Dangerous Man Alive’

Read an excerpt of the explosive new book “Triple Cross,” which tells the story of Ali Abdel Saoud Mohamed, Osama bin Laden’s most trusted security adviser, who infiltrated the U.S. Army Special Forces and served as an FBI informant—all the while overseeing some of the most infamous Al Qaeda terror strikes of the last decade. (Excerpt, and more info).

Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


Rep. Peter King

Rep. Peter King: Charge the N.Y. Times With Espionage

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) tells Chris Matthews that he’s calling on Atty. Gen. Gonzales to begin a criminal investigation into the newspaper for publishing details of President Bush’s financial information-mining program.

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


Wen Ho Lee
AP

Victory For Wen Ho Lee

The five media heavies who shamelessly promoted the government’s lies about the Los Alamos scientist chose to settle today rather than reveal their government sources.
Lee was savaged by a media fueled by government rumors that he was spying for China, an accusation he was never officially charged with. Lee was imprisoned in solitary confinement for nine months in 1999-2000 and ultimately received an apology from the judge who heard his case. Truthdig says: The media was not defending freedom of the press but their own right to operate as a megaphone for government agents with an agenda to slander an American citizen. The media went to bat for government agents who broke the law.  When will those agents be held accountable?

  • Read Robert Scheer’s extensive coverage of the Wen Ho Lee case.

  • Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Surveillance Court To Quiz Bush Officials Over Spy Program

    Judges will question Dept. of Justice, others, on legality of warrantless wiretaps | more

    Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


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