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Senate Intelligence Committee

The Stealth Senator Emerges Into the Daylight

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

The majority of (my) every day is consumed in reading the overnight intel reports (and) meeting with foreign leaders - from presidents to chiefs of their intelligence community.

Unaccountable Power: Drone Warfare Under the Obama Administration

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

War-making is one area where there are few complaints about President Obama acting upon a very broad interpretation of executive authority that at times stretches the law and the Constitution beyond recognition.

This Senator Is Worried About Your iPhone

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- “This smartphone is today’s go-to, must-have security tool," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said, pulling his iPhone out of his pocket. "It...

Government Hypocrisy Rears Its Ugly Head. Again.

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

For a government that is so quick to violate and trample on everyone else's privacy rights via the Patriot Act or this recent swipe at Apple, they certainly go to great lengths to protect their own.

The Stealth Senator: Keeper of the Secrets of the Ark of the Covenant

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

In a front-page New York Times story (November 10, "Classified Report on the C.I.A.'s Secret Prisons Is Caught in Limbo") it was suggested that the ch...

The Small Brooklyn Publisher That Brought The CIA Torture Report To The World

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dennis Johnson remembers a Melville House staff meeting on a Tuesday morning last winter, smack in the middle of the publishing industry...

NSA's Mike Rogers, Congress's Punching Bag

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- NSA head Mike Rogers is no stranger to dealing with other people's messes. After all, the Navy admiral was tapped in early 2014 to lead ...

Relax, The CIA Didn't Torture People; It Just Tortured People

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a collection of essays set to be released this week, former CIA Director Michael Hayden unabashedly defends the CIA’s post-9/11 tor...

Shocker: The CIA Isn't Sorry For Torture

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than a year after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify its massive study on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program ...

Sen. Richard Burr: The Cloak and Dagger Senator

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

Rather than exercising critical legislative oversight of the intelligence community's most controversial activities from paramilitary drone strikes to N.S.A. bulk collection of phone records -- Mr. Burr all too often is a cheerleader for whatever is going down.

Congress Should Act to Solidify Ban Against Torture

Mark Fallon | Posted 05.08.2016 | Politics
Mark Fallon

At this point we all know that, in President Obama's words, "We tortured some folks." The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's report on the CIA's rendition, detention, and interrogation program revealed shocking abuses that went far beyond even the torture that the administration had authorized.

Ali Watkins

Meet The Only Person Being Punished After The Senate Torture Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five months after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its gruesome report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program, someone is fi...

Ali Watkins

Congress Doesn't Seem Totally Sure Who Should Deal With NSA Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- All eyes are on Congress as the June 1 expiration date looms for the National Security Agency program that sweeps up massive dragnets of...

Ali Watkins

Senate Intelligence Committee Kicks Off Budget Season

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee kicked off budget season this week with a slew of appearances from Washington’s top spies. CIA Direc...

Ali Watkins

It's Been A Year Since Senators Voted To Reveal CIA Torture. What Do We Have To Show For It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One year ago Friday, the Senate Intelligence Committee, then under the command of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), voted to share with ...

Yemen Crisis Points Up Danger of Our Close Ties To An Increasingly Irrational Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

So we have yet another crisis in a little-known place to worry about. The difference is that, with this one, it's not hard at all to see how it could trigger a regional conflagration.

Ali Watkins

Senate Intel Chair Moves Threats Hearing Behind Closed Doors, Continuing Oversight Shift

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday quietly held its annual worldwide threats hearing entirely behind closed doors for the firs...

Ali Watkins

Top Intelligence Official Suggests Obama May Be Waging Illegal War Against Islamic State

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the Obama administration's key intelligence leaders told lawmakers Thursday that he didn't think the U.S. offensive against the I...

Ali Watkins

Former Church Committee Staffers Urge Overhaul Of Spy Agency Oversight

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK –- It’s no secret that the mid-20th century was a dirty time for U.S. intelligence agencies. J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI was waging personal ...

The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling -- after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower. At age 47, he is facing a very long prison sentence. As a whistleblower, he has done a lot for us.

Ali Watkins

Former Senate Intel Chair Strikes Back At CIA For Spying

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the former chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, struck back at the CIA Tuesday, blasting t...

Ali Watkins

CIA Torture Report Sinks A Little More, As Agencies Don't Bother To Read It

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the new Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, Richard Burr (R-N.C.), announced that, allegedly unbeknownst to him, the former cha...

Ali Watkins

Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats Prepare To Battle New GOP Chairman On CIA Torture Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are gearing up to fight their new Republican chairman’s attempts to reclaim the panel...

Ali Watkins

GOP Plans To Give Explosive Document Back To CIA

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The new GOP chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee intends to give back to the CIA an explosive, secret document that has been at...

It's Time to End Torture

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

Some say our national security was well served by so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques," but the efficacy of torture and other coercive actions in counterterrorism efforts are difficult to gauge. The benefits of such actions are not clear.