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Ten Months Too Long

Bush may be a lame duck, but he’s also a president who has shown an unparalleled capacity to blow it.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE


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The End of Privacy

It’s not enough for George W. Bush’s government to eavesdrop on phone calls, monitor financial transactions and sneak a peek at other people’s e-mails. Now the administration says it needs to monitor all Internet activity in the United States. That means you and everything you do online.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Closing In on Bhutto’s Killer

Although members of her Pakistan People’s Party remain skeptical, and although the late Benazir Bhutto herself might have disagreed, American and Pakistani intelligence officials believe that Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mahsud and his associates were behind the assassination of Bhutto in Rawalpindi last month.

Posted on Jan 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Michael Gorra on J.M. Coetzee’s ‘Diary of a Bad Year’

The Nobel Prize-winning author of such stunning (and controversial) novels as “Waiting for the Barbarians” and “Disgrace” offers up his 19th book, about a South African writer, like Coetzee himself, who now lives in Australia and tries to understand the role of a writer caught between hope and history.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE


Ranking Republican: CIA Wanted Torture Tapes Preserved

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., responding to closed testimony from the CIA’s acting general counsel, John Rizzo, said it appeared that the officer who destroyed evidence of “enhanced” interrogations was acting against orders. Jose Rodriguez, the official in question, is asking for immunity before he tells his side of the story to Congress.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008 READ MORE


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The Pakistan Conundrum

Pervez Musharraf’s recent actions remind us, Ritter argues, that America’s special relationship with Pakistan serves neither country’s best interests.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Spy Chief Wants to Read Your E-Mail

America’s intelligence czar, Mike McConnell, drops a few eyebrow-raisers in a new interview in The New Yorker. He admits he wants the ability to access all U.S. Internet traffic, and says of waterboarding: “Whether it’s torture by anybody else’s definition, for me it would be torture.”

Posted on Jan 14, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Dusan Vranic

The Five Iraqs

From Hillary Clinton to Mitt Romney, the candidates have no shortage of solutions for the Iraq mess, but their shallow rhetoric reveals an ignorance of the increasingly fractured and disastrous reality.

Posted on Dec 30, 2007 READ MORE


Fear, Loathing and the Crisis of Confidence

A recent study found that one-third of Americans “believe in a broad smorgasbord of conspiracy theories,” which really isn’t that surprising considering we have a government that has gone out of its way to undermine the rule of law and public accountability.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Scott Ritter on War With Iran

The Truthdig columnist (and WMD expert) warns that war with Iran could be inevitable, despite the National Intelligence Estimate report that says Iran dismantled its nuclear program in 2003. Bush, Ritter argues, doesn’t let facts get in the way of what he wants.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


Is Bush Stopped in His Tracks on Iran?

The release of the National Intelligence Estimate concerning Iran’s nuclear status marks the latest in a series of assaults by the Pentagon and the intelligence community against the war posturing of the administration.

Posted on Dec 16, 2007 READ MORE


Doesn’t Anybody Have WMD?

The list of folks who turn out not to have the ability to destroy the world is growing at a dangerous rate.

Posted on Dec 14, 2007 READ MORE


Congress Summons CIA Director

CIA Director General Michael Hayden has been summoned by Congress and will appear Tuesday and Wednesday before the Senate and House Intelligence committees to answer questions about the destruction of secret CIA videotapes that documented the abuse of detainees. The White House counsel, meanwhile, has ordered press secretary Dana Perino to keep quiet on the matter.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Ahmadinejad Declares Victory

The “Mosaic Intelligence Report” examines the fallout of the new NIE report, which says Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is being touted as the winner in the Middle East—except in Israel—and George Bush’s America is being called the loser.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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Calling on Congress to Stop a War

The former chief weapons inspector argues that the Bush administration isn’t going to let facts get in the way of its eagerly sought war with Iran. If there’s any hope of avoiding such a conflict, Ritter writes, Congress will have to rouse from its slumber and act, rather than continuing to wait for the White House to make the first move.

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


Telling the Truth About Iran

Even when George W. Bush tells the truth, he cannot quite bring himself to tell the whole truth.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


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It Turns Out Ahmadinejad Was the Truthful One

Bush is such a liar. Or is he just out to lunch on the most important issue that he faces? In October, he charged that Iran’s nuclear weapons program was bringing the world to the precipice of World War III, even though the White House had been informed at least a month earlier that Iran had no such program and had stopped efforts to develop one back in 2003.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Scott Ritter on the NIE Report and War With Iran

The Truthdig columnist (and WMD expert) warns that war with Iran could be inevitable, despite the National Intelligence Estimate report that says Iran dismantled its nuclear program in 2003. Bush, Ritter argues, doesn’t let facts get in the way of what he wants.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Still Hawkish on Iran Despite Nuke Report

A day after the release of the National Intelligence Estimate assessment on Iran’s purportedly halted nuclear weapons program, President Bush once again demonstrated his well-practiced ability to repurpose facts or opinions to better serve his administration’s aims.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


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America’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Agencies

“Spying Blind” author Amy Zegart gives Truthdig a status report on America’s intelligence agencies and explains why our intelligence system is so broken and why our democracy may be to blame.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Terrorism? What Terrorism?

All but two of the nation’s 43 “fusion centers,” information-sharing offices set up after 9/11 to help uncover terrorist activity, have been distracted by local crime and other distinctly non-terrorist intrigue, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by the Associated Press. The problem, like so many facing our nation, apparently stems from the lack of funding and oversight by the Bush administration.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


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In the Hands of the Military

The last, best hope for averting a war with Iran lies with the United States military. We will be saved or doomed by our generals.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Cronies Defend Torture

CIA Chief Michael Hayden has issued a passionate defense of extraordinary rendition, claiming that the practice, which so often involves abduction and torture, is justified by the “irreplaceable” intelligence it produces. Meanwhile, President Bush’s preferred successor to loyal henchman Alberto Gonzales refuses to call torture by its name, though he claims to find it “repugnant.”

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


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America Is Watching You

The “Last Days of Democracy” author warns that Congress is about to aid the Bush administration with its Orwellian plans by granting retroactive immunity to the telecommunications giants for helping the government spy on Americans.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Mosaic on America’s Sanctions Against Iran

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Report looks at the U.S.‘s newly imposed sanctions against Iran’s military—the first time, the Link TV report points out, that the U.S. has sought to punish another country’s military this way.  Could America’s latest move constitute a prelude to war?  Iranian officials have reacted angrily, saying the sanction strategy is “doomed to failure.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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Dr. Watson Hangs It Up

Although his contributions to the field of genetics will probably continue to define his scholarly legacy, it seems that the final chapter of DNA pioneer James Watson’s career has been irrevocably marred by the reckless and inflammatory remarks he recently made about race and intelligence.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Che’s Hair Goes on Sale

A former U.S. intelligence officer involved in the execution of Ernesto “Che” Guevara has decided to auction a lock of the icon’s hair for a minimum of $100,000.  The officer is unhappy with Guevara’s iconic status, auctioneer Tom Slater says, yet he seems perfectly content to profit from it.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Cheney
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

On the Eve of Destruction

The former intelligence officer and weapons inspector argues that the president’s recent World War III comment offers some rare insight into the highly secretive world of George W. Bush’s White House, where the leader of the free world gets advice from reckless neoconservatives, “war criminal” Dick Cheney and “God.”

Posted on Oct 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Mosaic on Bush’s World War III ‘Threat’

The Mosaic Intelligence Report tackles Bush’s heated rhetoric about Iran and the connection with the president’s chilly relationship with Russia.

Posted on Oct 19, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Verizon Admits Domestic Spying Role

Under pressure from Congress, Verizon has provided some insight into the government’s domestic surveillance program. The telecommunications giant defended the legality of its actions, but admitted complying “as expeditiously as possible” when federal officials, without a subpoena, asked for telephone and Internet records.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


twin towers on fire
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America’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Agencies

“Spying Blind” author Amy Zegart gives Truthdig a status report on America’s intelligence agencies and explains why our intelligence system is so broken and why our democracy may be to blame.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Outsourcing Torture

The Bush administration has called for the respect of human rights in Burma, a pretty safe piece of posturing, but it remains silent as Egypt’s dictator, Gen. Hosni Mubarak, unleashes the largest crackdown on public opposition in over a decade. Our moral indignation over the shooting of monks masks the incestuous and growing alliance we have built in the so-called war on terror with some of the world’s most venal dictatorships.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Iraq Will Have to Wait

If you think the Iraq war is a disaster, just wait until we start bombing Iran. The countdown to another war is both real and terrifying, Ritter argues, and, distasteful though it may seem, it won’t be stopped so long as Iraq holds on to the spotlight.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


Help With Petraeus’ Testimony

Political comedian Will Durst provides the answers to some frequently asked (and vexing) questions about Gen. David Petraeus’ testimony.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Who Killed the Sheik?

LinkTV’s “Mosaic Intelligence Report” analyzes the assassination of Sheik Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, President Bush’s chief ally in Anbar province, from a Middle Eastern perspective.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Intelligence Chief Gets His Facts Mixed Up

After German authorities foiled a terror plot earlier this month, U.S. National Intelligence Director J. Michael McConnell was all to eager to give credit to recently revised FISA rules, arguing, in effect, that potential civil liberty violations helped save American lives. Woops. It turns out that much of the information used by the Germans was obtained under the old FISA law, which McConnell continues to claim wasn’t effective enough.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


Fixing the Numbers

The Defense Intelligence Agency has prepared a briefing chart using data drawn from Gen. Petraeus’ command that shows that violence in Iraq against security forces, including the U.S. military, has barely diminished. Petraeus, using the same information, is expected to argue that there has been a major drop in attacks.

Posted on Sep 9, 2007 READ MORE


Axis of Evil ... Where Have We Heard This?

President Bush has once again accused Iran of supplying militants in Iraq, colorfully referring to “Tehran’s murderous activities” in a speech Tuesday. The heated rhetoric, including references to Iran’s supposed nuclear ambitions and mysterious evidence of unsavory behavior, bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the administration’s push for war with Iraq.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 24, 2007 ENLARGE    


Big Brother Update With National Intel Director

J. Michael McConnell, the director of national intelligence, has in part explained Congress’ hurry to revise domestic surveillance law. It seems that the FISA court, established three decades ago to keep the government from abusively spying on American citizens, decided that the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program was illegal—and that just wouldn’t do.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


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defenseindustrydaily.com

Intel Chief Expands Spy Satellite Access

For those of us who are alarmed by Google Maps’ satellite-generated views of our homes and favorite stomping grounds, a recent decision made by Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell ought to stand some hairs on end.

Posted on Aug 15, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Rendition Ignored British Protest

A British committee investigating possible UK involvement in extraordinary rendition has found that the U.S. ignored British intelligence caveats and concerns, possibly straining a historically close intelligence relationship. The committee also recommended a ban on cooperation that could lead to secret detention, which it said “is of itself mistreatment.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


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The Federal Bureau of Intrusion

Disturbing news from the FBI:  The top U.S. intelligence agency recently underwent an internal audit, which produced some pretty creepy results.  Even in a small sampling of the agency’s activities (the survey covered 10% of the whole organization, according to The Washington Post), the bureau was found to have violated privacy laws and agency rules some 1,000 times while monitoring phone calls, e-mails and other communications.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


Intelligence Chief to Revise Spy Rules

National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, with the blessing of the White House, will rewrite the Reagan-era executive order that defines the function of the United States’ many spy agencies and prohibits espionage against Americans. While critics concede that the order is out of date, they worry that an administration with a fondness for spying on its own might seize the opportunity to trample on a few civil liberties.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


Senators Shame Bush Over Prewar Intelligence

The Senate Intelligence Committee has declassified and released two prewar intelligence reports that warned a postwar Iraq could struggle with sectarian violence and might benefit al-Qaida and Iran. Democrats on the panel, along with Republicans Chuck Hagel and Olympia Snowe, criticized the Bush administration for ignoring the prescient warnings.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


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‘60 Minutes’ Grills Tenet

George Tenet’s combative interview with “60 Minutes” is as fascinating as it is upsetting. The former CIA director careens between defensive ire and finger-pointing at an administration he says distracted us from the biggest threat to our nation’s security.

Posted on May 4, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Tenet’s Share of the Shame

While the natural human fascination with gossip and backbiting among our rulers guarantees media coverage and best-seller status for George Tenet’s new memoir, the former CIA director cannot achieve absolution in print or on television.

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


Railroading Democracy









Posted on May 2, 2007 ENLARGE


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