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The Fog of Intelligence

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

CENTCOM, one of six U.S. military commands that divide the planet up like a pie, has at least 1,500 intelligence analysts all to itself. The question remains: If data almost beyond imagining flows into CENTCOM, what are those 1,500 analysts actually doing?

Germans Probe 2nd Spy Case Reportedly Involving US

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the United States, a week after the arrest of a German int...

The Great Exception (That Wasn't)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Whether consciously or not, however, the officials of the U.S. Intelligence Community did imagine one giant exception: themselves. No one outside the loop was supposed to know what they were doing. They alone on the planet were supposed to be unheard, unspied upon, and unsurveilled.

Top Secret 'Black Budget' Details Spy Agencies' Successes, Failures

Washington Post | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information...

Syrian Army Used Nerve Gas: Report

Foreign Policy | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

Last Wednesday, in the hours after a horrific chemical attack east of Damascus, an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone...

Lawsuit Prompts Release Of NSA Documents

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER and STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has given up more of its surveillance secrets, acknowledging that it was ordered to stop scooping up thous...

'Sweet Land of Privacy?': On Prism and Apathy Regarding Our Privacy Online

Jarrett Hill | Posted 08.07.2013 | College
Jarrett Hill

Now, seven years later, in a day where a large number of Americans check-in online at every location, upload a photo most every meal they consume, and update their statuses for their every thought, I'm exceedingly confident nothing is off-limits.

Agencies' Divide Over Threats Revealed

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 07.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In the months leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden, veteran intelligence analyst Robert Cardillo was given the nickname "De...

Secret White House Panel: Too Much Anti-Terrorism, Not Enough China

Agence France Presse | | Posted 05.21.2013 | World

White House advisors have warned that US spy agencies are too focused on anti-terror operations and pay inadequate attention to China, the Middle East...

Top Intelligence Chief Sounds Dire Warning On Sequestration

AP | By LARA JAKES and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. intelligence chief says that budget cuts have jeopardized America's security and safety — and will only get worse o...

The U.S. Intelligence Community's New Year's Wish

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Every few years the National Intelligence Council has produced a document it calls serially Global Trends [fill in the future year]. The latest edition, out just in time for Barack Obama's second term, is Global Trends 2030.

Drone Crash Unmasks U.S. Spying Effort In Iran

Posted 12.10.2011 | World

WASHINGTON, December 9 (Reuters / Tabassum Zakaria and Phil Stewart) - The crash of a CIA drone in Iran has brought into the open what U.S. intell...

CIA Spies Caught, Fear Execution In Middle East

ABC News | MATTHEW COLE and BRIAN ROSS (@Brianross) | Posted 11.21.2011 | World

In a significant failure for the United States in the Mideast, more than a dozen spies working for the CIA in Iran and Lebanon have been caught and th...

Intelligence Debacle: Terrorist Group Captures CIA Infiltrators

AP | By ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO | Posted 01.21.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Hezbollah has partially unraveled the CIA's spy network in Lebanon, severely damaging the intelligence agency's ability to gather vital ...

Andrea Stone

Osama Bin Laden Home Video Released (WATCH) | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.07.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Newly released video and information about the cache recovered from Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan reveal a bit of vanity in t...

US Embassy Spying In Norway?

The Telegraph | Published: 1:22PM GMT 04 Nov 2010 | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

According to the TV2 News channel, the US embassy had employed between 15 and 20 people, including former high-ranking Norwegian police officers, to m...

Not Another Year-End List!

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Why am I so obsessed with American politics in the first place? Does it really matter, or does interest in politics merely occupy the same part of the brain that used to handle starting line-ups, batting averages and RBI's?

CIA Gave Waterboarders $5 Million Legal Shield

AP | ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — When the CIA decided to waterboard suspected terror detainees in overseas prisons, the agency turned to a pair of contractors. The ...

Dana Priest's Expose On 'Top Secret America' | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive ...

Border Security Found Out About Abdulmutallab, Accused Bomber, During Flight 253

LA Times | Sebastian Rotella | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

U.S. border security officials learned of intelligence about the alleged extremist links of the suspect in the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt a...

Homeland Security Privacy Policy Investigation Sought

Washington Post | Spencer S. Hsu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Privacy advocates have asked lawmakers to investigate the Department of Homeland Security office in charge of protecting Americans' privacy, saying it...

Iran Missile Launch Confirmed By US

AP | PAMELA HESS and PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The missile test-fired by Iran is the longest-range solid-propellent missile it has launched yet, a U.S. government official said W...

Intelligence Report: US Can No Longer 'Call The Shots Alone'

Guardian | Julian Borger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The United States' leading intelligence organisation has warned that the world is entering an increasingly unstable and unpredictable period in which ...

Profiting Off The War On Terror: How Foreign Policy Really Works

Mother Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The routine of Washington foreign policymaking is straightforward and, well, a little boring. Presidents and secretaries of state issue pronouncements...

LA Times: Did The US Photoshop Syrian Nuke Photos?

LA Times | Borzou Daragahi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Professor William Beeman at the University of Minnesota passed along a note today from "a colleague with a U.S. security clearance" about the mysterio...