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Donald Trump's "Intelligence" Comments Most Dangerous Yet

Kelly A Scaletta | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics
Kelly A Scaletta

Donald Trump despises Intelligence. Not the lower-case kind. We already knew that. But he also despises the upper-case type as im, our Intelligence Agencies.

Can Trump Keep Secrets? Intelligence Officials Don't Think So.

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics

Some U.S. intelligence officials are concerned that Donald Trump's "shoot from the hip" style could pose national security risks as they prepare to gi...

Sale of Aramco, Cabinet Shake-up: Is it the Beginning of the End for Saudi Arabia?

David Oualaalou | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Saudi Arabia's financial power derives from its oil wealth; thus, offering for sale some of Aramco's precious assets could have serious consequences for the royal family's existence. So why is the king pursuing this strategy?

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?

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...

'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.

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...

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. intelligen...

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...

Andrea Stone

Osama Bin Laden Home Video Released (WATCH)

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

Dana Priest's Expose On 'Top Secret America'

washingtonpost.com | 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 ...

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...

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...

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...

US Loses Link To Al-Qaida After Intel Leak

New York Sun | ELI LAKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Al Qaeda's Internet communications system has suddenly gone dark to American intelligence after the leak of Osama bin Laden's September 11 speech inad...