Timothy Kilbourn spent almost 30 years as a military analyst with the CIA. He was the deputy director of two divisions and the dean of the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis and served for several years as the daily briefer to President George W. Bush. Kilbourn spoke about his experiences and views on leadership in an interview with me.
In Africa, when the U.S. military first started moving onto the continent in a significant way, there were almost no Islamic terror organizations outside of Somalia. Now, with AFRICOM fully invested and operational across the continent, count 'em.
The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.
How did a rogue band of radicals with such a destructive ideology appear so suddenly and gain such influence in such a rapid timeframe? The answer is an inconvenient truth -- but it is one we must accept. ISIS exists due to both unjust Western imperialism, and unjust Muslim majority governments. To stop ISIS requires reversing this trend.
The interventionist 19th century British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston famously said that "Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests."
If the president is serious about wanting to close the prison, and I hope he is, here are some helpful suggestions.
One of the good things about being the night desk clerk at a seedy hotel in Cambridge, Mass., is that you get to be invisible to most people. If you're looking for a place to disappear and still make a living, this is about as good a place as any.
Patriotic Betrayal argues eloquently that, no matter how worthy its objectives, a democratic government that crosses the line and subverts the principles it's sworn to uphold forfeits any claim to higher ground.
Just before the U.S. Senate released its report at the end of 2014 on the CIA's use of "harsh interrogation" tactics against prisoners, the question was whether or not the report would provoke a public backlash against torture. The answer is no.
A month after former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts with circumstantial metadata, the zealous prosecution is now having potentially major consequences -- casting doubt on the credibility of claims by the U.S. government that Iran has developed a nuclear weapons program.
The Bush and Obama administrations pioneered the crossing of sovereign borders without permission for an ongoing killing process not defined as war and which has regularly taken out ordinary civilians, including significant numbers of children.
Washington is now well into the second decade of an endless War on Terror that seems the sum of its exceptions to international law: endless incarceration, extrajudicial killing, pervasive surveillance, drone strikes in defiance of national boundaries and torture on demand.
Barack Obama has promised on more than one occasion that he would never permit Iran to become a nuclear armed state. Then again, this is the same President Obama who warned Syria's president not to use poison gas on his own people, or there would be consequences for crossing that red line.
In a broadcast exclusive, Democracy Now! airs an in-depth interview with John Kiriakou, a retired CIA agent who has just been released from prison after blowing the whistle on the George W. Bush administration's torture program.
ISIS has no monopoly on cruelty or immolation. On the contrary, it has exploited for its own ends the shock value of something used for centuries to punish and terrify heretics and African-Americans, and lately used by desperate dissidents around the world upon themselves.
Prosecutors were hell-bent on torching the defendant to vindicate Operation Merlin, nine years after a book by James Risen reported that it "may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA."