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Last month's arrest in Pakistan of one Raymond Davis, an American working security for other U.S. operatives in Lahore -- and an American with clear employment ties to the CIA and previously to Blackwater Worldwide -- has made for additional diplomatic strain between the two nations.

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One would think that if a bunch of FBI operatives were to devise a plan to cheat on a key intelligence exam, they might be a little more creative and a lot less obvious about it than the group of agents who recently drew attention to themselves (continued).

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In this first-ever history of Hollywood agents, Tom Kemper mines agency archives to present an insider's view of their tooth-and-claw rise to power during the studio era Through case studies of key figures like Myron Selznick and Charles Feldman, we see that the agent's character and social relationships functioned within a business structure -- a good reputation and powerful connections were an agent's most precious assets.

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Eight CIA officers died after a suicide bomber set off an explosive vest at the Forward Operating Base Chapman in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, marking the deadliest attack on U.S. intelligence officials since the early ’80s, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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After his rather startling Rupert-Murdoch-as-evil-pirate impression, Keith Olbermann takes a moment in this clip to fire back at a report, printed Friday in the New York Post's Page Six gossip column, that he's angling for the late Tim Russert's job as anchor of "Meet the Press." Regardless of whether there's truth behind the rumors, it's apparent that Olbermann has a very rosy view of how entertainment agents operate.

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When the CIA destroyed those prisoner interrogation videotapes, was it also destroying the truth about 9/11? After all, according to the 9/11 Commission Report, the basic narrative of what happened on that day comes from the CIA's account of what those prisoners told their torturers. And what about those congressional leaders, including Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi, who were briefed on the torture program as early as 2002?

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Former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who witnessed the waterboarding of top al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaida, has said that the practice is indeed torture and "a policy made at the White House, with concurrence from the National Security Council and the Justice Department." Kiriakou added during an interview with NBC that the destruction of video evidence of the technique was "a terrible mistake."

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Say what you want about the serious news function of satirical shows like "The Daily Show" in today's treacherous media landscape, but only those, like Jon Stewart, operating in the Comedy Central orbit can get away with asking ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson if her breasts "are still working for the CIA."

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