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One Year After Cairo Speech: The U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University in Egypt one year ago was ground-breaking and transformational. While its impact was an...

The CIA Back on Top? Panetta's Opportunity for Real Reform

Joseph W. Augustyn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph W. Augustyn

The resignation of Admiral Dennis Blair as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was a surprise to no one in the intelligence business. In fact, many wonder how and why Blair lasted as long as he did.

Senators Push Leon Panetta Over James Clapper For White House Intelligence Job

Foreign Policy | Josh Rogin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In this era of hyper partisanship in Congress, there's one thing leading Democrats and Republicans can agree on: They want Leon Panetta, not James Cla...

NY Judge Rules Against ACLU: CIA Can Keep Secret Lists

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A judge for a second time has denied efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union to force the CIA to release names and documents re...

Admiral Blair Walks the Plank

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Dennis Blair's resignation exposes the sad truth that President Obama doesn't have it in him to take charge, to crack heads, to fight for something because it is necessary.

Predator Drone Strikes: Secret Rules, Hidden Costs

Washington Post | Peter Finn and Joby Warrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The plan was a standard one in the CIA's war against extremists in Pakistan: The agency was using a Predator drone to monitor a residential compound; ...

CIA Director: Iraq Threat Level A 'Shadow Of Its Former Self'

Oklahoma Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Considering the enormity of threats to American lives from around the world, the CIA must exist in a constant state of adaptation in order to effectiv...

Top Spies Terror Warning: Shades of Bush

Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Stein

Which is it now -- imminent terrorist threat, or no threat? Certain or uncertain? Only last month U.S. intelligence officials were saying the Nigeria...

Al Qaeda

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida can be expected to attempt an attack on the United States in the next three to six months, senior U.S. intelligence offici...

Blair vs. Panetta: White House Tries To Settle Feud Between Top Intelligence Officials

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House this month issued a classified order to resolve mounting frictions between the nation's intelligence director and the CIA over issues ...

CIA Director Leon Panetta Defends Agency After Afghanistan Bomb Attack

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The horrible news Dec. 30 that a suicide bomber had taken seven American lives in Afghanistan may have been for some a stark reminder that we are at w...

Nancy Pelosi Claim That CIA Lied Validated By House Intelligence Committee

The Hill | Jared Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats on the Intelligence Committee have concluded that the CIA did not fully inform Congress about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques d...

CIA Wins Epic Turf Battle With Intelligence Czar | Mark Hosenball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The CIA has decisively won a long-running turf fight with the director of national intelligence, the CIA's ostensible boss, over who will be the top U...

Glock Around The Clock... Twitter, Guns and Gambling Tarnish US Image

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

With NBA commissioner David Stern suspending Gilbert Arenas, the media has forgotten that this party got started thanks to Twitter.

Veterans, Clean Energy, and Common Sense

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

There's a growing consensus that one of the best things we can do to enhance our national security is to get off fossil fuels and transition to clean, home-grown energy.

This Week In Magazines: Obama The "Self-Entangling Giant"

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

No matter how much he might disdain the W. presidency, especially when it came to misuse of executive branch power, Barack Obama may be a "self-entangling giant" who is going down the same perilous path.

CQ Columnist: Obama Should Ditch Intelligence Advisory Board

CQ Politics | Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nine months into his administration, President Obama has yet to fill any of the 16 seats on the White House Intelligence Advisory Board -- as far as I...

Leon Panetta: Karzai Apparent Afghan Election Winner

VOA News | Gary Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Official preliminary final totals in Afghanistan's recent presidential election have incumbent president Hamid Karzai the winner, but the election was...

Is Bagram Obama's New Secret Prison?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The Obama administration is following Bush's lead by unilaterally rewriting the Geneva Conventions, presumably to allow it to continue exploiting prisoners of war for their supposed intelligence value.

Panett's Job Is Secure Despite Losing High-Profile Battles Over CIA Missteps

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — CIA Director Leon Panetta has been on the losing end of a string of high-profile battles over the agency's past missteps, stoking q...

CIA Wants DOJ To Investigate Assassinations Leak

Washington Independent | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The CIA is none too happy about the recent disclosure of apparently inchoate "significant actions" canceled by Director Leon Panetta. After the activi...

Outsourcing Assassination: to China?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Look, if we're going to outsource, we should outsource to the experts. The Chinese. They make our computers. Why not give them the task of assassinating jihadists?

White House Vs. CIA: "Profanity-Laced Screaming Match" With Panetta Over Torture Report

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CIA Director threatened to quit over an potential criminal investigation of CIA torture, ABC News reported Monday. A "profanity-laced screaming match...

Did the CIA Assassinate? What We Need to Know

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

A serious examination of the CIA/assassination story should begin by sweeping aside the rubbish cluttering the electronic ether on this issue.

Panetta "Blindsided" By Probe Of Secret CIA Program

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEWSWEEK's disclosure that attorney General Eric Holder Jr. may appoint a prosecutor to investigate detainee abuse has revived tensions in the Obama a...