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Feinstein vs. CIA Fight Points Up Need for A New 'Church Committee'

William Bradley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If the CIA becomes regarded as monstrous and out of control by not just the usual critics but also by much of the mainstream in the U.S. and around the world -- and they are on that cusp right now -- some of the most important tools in protecting the United States and its interests short of war become, at best, decidedly double-edged swords.

The CIA Is Not a Fourth Branch of Government

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Senate must prevail in this Constitutional showdown between a secretive Executive Branch relic of the Cold War that has a long history of doing nasty things in our name.


Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

CIA Director John O. Brennan's defense of the IC is that of a fierce loyalist. He speaks, but provides little substance -- not because of "sources and methods," but because of the politics in which all intelligence agencies are now immersed.

White House Not Taking Sides On Claims Of CIA Spying On Senate

AP | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama agrees with CIA Director John Brennan that it's important to get to the bottom of whet...

CIA Director: We Didn't Hack Senate Computers

AP | Associated Press | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA director John Brennan says the spy agency did not hack into computers that Senate staffers were using to investigate Bush-era ...

CIA Investigates Whether Officers Spied On Senate

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA is investigating whether its officers improperly monitored members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which oversees th...

The Spy Who Bugged Me

Keith Thomson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

The experience gave me the idea for a story: A national security reporter discovers that a subminiature electronic device is implanted in his head. He investigates, propelling him into a life-or-death struggle with the spy who'd bugged him.

What The NSA Debate Misses

Adlai E. Stevenson III | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Adlai E. Stevenson III

The debate over the NSA's data collection should lead to a better balance between rights of privacy and requirements of foreign intelligence. But whatever the outcome of that debate, it has failed to acknowledge inherent deficiencies and risks in "foreign intelligence" and the transcendent role of foreign policy in the defense of our national interests. Our foreign policy failures and dilemmas reflect failures of a cerebral sort of intelligence, including a lack of experience in the real world away from Washington, its arm chair polemicists, its ideological think thanks, and too little experience in military ground forces where you learn to expect the unexpected. Policy has been driven by ideologues, militarists, and amateurs, including Members of Congress who are little noted nowadays for real world experience.

Otis Pike and U.S. Intelligence Abuses

Karl Grossman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Karl Grossman

These days it's the scandal involving widespread surveillance by the National Security Administration. Four decades ago it was the investigation of U....

Inside The CIA's Notorious Polish Prison

The Washington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

On a cold day in early 2003, two senior CIA officers arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw to pick up a pair of large cardboard boxes. Inside were bun...

'Troublemaker' Hersh Should Be Welcomed Back

Robert Miraldi | Posted 03.02.2014 | Media
Robert Miraldi

It may be a New Year, but it is the same old Sy Hersh, arguably America's best investigative reporter, who is still sticking his thumb in the eye of power at the age of 76 and exposing what he sees as the abuse of power.

Covert CIA Program Helped Kill Rebel Leaders In Colombia

The Washington Post | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

The 50-year-old Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), once considered the best-funded insurgency in the world, is at its smallest and most vu...

Senate Asks CIA To Share Damning Report On Interrogations

The New York Times | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the C.I.A. for an internal study done by the agency that lawmakers believe is broadly criti...

Time to Settle the Debate on Torture

Melina Milazzo, Esq. | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Melina Milazzo, Esq.

On December 13, 2012, a bipartisan majority of the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt the single most comprehensive study of the CIA's detention and interrogation program. Nevertheless, one year later, this groundbreaking report remains top secret.

Staying in Afghanistan Is a Recipe for More Terrorism

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Anthony W. Orlando

Barack Obama is daring the terrorists. He's standing in their front yard. He's calling them out. Of course, that's not how it's reported.

NSA And CIA Spied On 'World Of Warcraft' Players

ProPublica | Posted 12.09.2013 | Technology

Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Lif...

Crazy Like A Fox: Karzai's Bipolarity Obscures Dubious Motives

Michael Hughes | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's recent volte-face on the U.S. security pact seems like yet another manifestation of a chemical imbalance. However, men...

Congressmen Seek Medal For World War II-Era U.S. Spy Agency

AP | CHRIS CAROLA | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The men and women who spied on Germany and Japan for the U.S. during World War II parachuted behind enemy lines, led guerrilla r...

I Don't Care Who Killed JFK

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

I refuse to waste my time wading into the muck of the JFK assassination controversies. It is not that I lack curiosity about American history. But nothing that I uncover would surprise me or alter my view of my country.

Ladies Have Officially Broken The CIA's Glass Ceiling

Posted 11.14.2013 | Women

Awesome news: For the first time in the agency's history, nearly half the CIA is female. Bye bye, boys club! Ann Curry spoke with Fran Moore, the C...

CIA Declassifies Intelligence On Major Carter Moment

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — The Central Intelligence Agency has declassified 1,400 pages of intelligence related to the Camp David Accords that President Jimmy C...

World Digital Media Factbook 2013-14: Information Cornucopia

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

I'm inundated with numbers, statistics, percentages, charts and graphics that explain how digital the world has become and where it's heading in the n...

Earlier Snowden Warnings 'Slipped Through The Cracks'

The New York Times | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Just as Edward J. Snowden was preparing to leave Geneva and a job as a C.I.A. technician in 2009, his supervisor wrote a derogatory rep...

CIA Calls Back Furloughed Employees

AP | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA says it's bringing back some employees amid the partial government shutdown out of concern for national secu...

Clinton Praises Release Of War Documents

AP | Array | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The American public wasn't clamoring for military intervention in Bosnia nearly two decades ago, but ...