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The Failed Attempt to Capture a Terrorist Mastermind

ADST | Posted 09.29.2015 | World

Imad Mughniyah, Chief of Hezbollah International Operations, was one of the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists and was sought by authorities in 42 other countries.

New CIA Information On JFK's Assassination

Keith Thomson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Keith Thomson

Former CIA Director George Tenet believed the President's Daily Briefs to be so sensitive that none could be released for publication "no matter how old or historically significant it may be." Yet, yesterday, the CIA declassified and released every PDB produced during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. So what's in the PDBs?

Republican Debate Shows Delusional Sabre-Rattling Foreign Policy

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The Republican Party doesn't seem to understand the fact that threats to the United States originate from the actions of human beings. These human beings resort to violence when they are marginalized by society to the point where they believe that the only way to better their country is to work around the democratic system through violence.

Confronting Homeland Security's 'SSSS' Watch List

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

If you were to look at my past and present passports, you'd see a host of nations stamped on it that the White House has historically considered an adversary, an "axis of evil" state, or a security threat.

Book Review: Bloodmoney

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Bloodmoney by David Ignatius is a suspenseful and engaging read. A small American-run intelligence group has been created; it looks quite a bit like part of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), but officially it doesn't even exist.

Warren Weinstein and the Truth About the Drone Wars

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The accidental killing of Warren Weinstein is nothing short of a painful, but unfortunately unavoidable, consequence of the drone wars.

American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics, Claims Whistleblower

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

As American pundits are discussing the Clinton Cash affair and worrying about possible undue foreign influence on U.S. foreign policy via donations to...

The 2015 Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) and America's Military Kings

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

In the weeks to come, Americans will bear witness to congressional hearings and debates over presidential war powers. And despite the lack of proof that ISIS poses a direct threat to the homeland, we'll hear a lot of talk about emergent dangers and military necessity.

Will the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack Kill Intelligence Reform in the United States?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Just as the gruesome beheadings in Syria rallied a once war-weary public to support the deployment of US troops in both Iraq and Syria, the brutal assault at Charlie Hebdo could have the effect of convincing more Americans that US intelligence should keep the power they have in order to detect a similar act of violence.

Full Speed Ahead For CIA

The New York Times | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Over a lunch in Washington in 1976, James J. Angleton, for years the ruthless chief of counterintelligence at the C.I.A., likened the a...

CIA Torture Report: Now Is the Time to Act

Curt Goering | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Curt Goering

Vice President Cheney and other torture proponents and apologists continue to shamefully defend torture and deny it ever happened. Disgusting. It is time to put an end to their baseless and fallacious arguments once and for all.

Abolishing the CIA

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The abolition of the CIA could be a conscious step in tearing our government out of the grip of the war consensus -- this unelected force that feeds on perpetual global mistrust and hatred, the exact opposite of what true security requires.

After Torture Report, Rights of Victims and Accountability for Perpetrators Must Not Be Denied

David Tolbert | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
David Tolbert

How can it be that the US, which so prides itself on its traditions of respect for the rule of law and human rights, simply turn a blind eye on this deep stain on its record without the resonance of hypocrisy? How can it revive its moral credibility?

Senate Staffer Tried To Scrub 'Torture' From Torture Report's Wikipedia Entry

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

An anonymous Wikipedia user on Wednesday tried to scrub the word "torture" from an entry corresponding to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on ...

CIA Initially Planned Jails That Abided By U.S. Law

The New York Times | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Just six days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, President Bush signed a secret order that gave the Central Intelligence Agency the pow...


Jonathan Richards | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

Psychologist Defends Harsh CIA Interrogations

AP | By KEN DILANIAN | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the CIA set out to design a program to elicit intelligence from captured terrorists, it turned to two former Air Force psycho...

Kate Sheppard

The Inside Story Of How The CIA Actually Caught The 9/11 Mastermind, But Nearly Didn't | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Buried in the 500-page Senate report on the Bush administration's CIA torture program, made public for the first time on Tuesday, is a d...

Ali Watkins

Intelligence Funding Will Likely Clear Senate At Last Minute | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may be the 11th hour, but it looks like the intelligence community can breathe a sigh of relief: The nation’s spies will likely get...

Ali Watkins

National Archives: Ok, So Maybe Letting The CIA Destroy Emails Wasn't A Great Idea | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Archives told lawmakers Friday that it is reconsidering its tentative approval of a new CIA records-keeping strategy that w...

In the War Between the CIA and Senate Democrats, Everybody Won Except the Public

Eric Zuesse | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

This entire investigation into the CIA's role in illegal tortures has died, allegedly because the Senate's Sergeant-at-Arms doesn't trust the CIA, the CIA's Inspector General finds the CIA's accusations against the Democratic-led Committee to be based on "inaccurate information," and the U.S. Attorney General asserts that the CIA's case against that Committee isn't worth pursuing.

Ali Watkins

Senate-CIA Dispute Unsettled As Final Investigation Ends | Ali Watkins | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Senate Sergeant-at-Arms investigation into a dispute between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee has ended without firm conc...

Leon Panetta's Book, Barack Obama's Plight, and the Shreds of Statesmanship

William Bradley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama's got a lot of problems, some of his making, many not. The last thing he need is one of his former top officials feeding attack lines to his enemies. So naturally, that's what he has.

Obama's ISIS Strategy Resembles Benghazi

Kevin Price | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Recently President Barack Obama was on CBS' 60 Minutes discussing the problems the U.S. has had in dealing with the Islamic extremist organization, ISIS.