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First Court Judgement On CIA 'Renditions Program' Passed In Europe

AP | VANESSA GERA | Posted 07.24.2014 | World

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to s...

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named to Board of Fracked Gas Exports Giant Cheniere

Steve Horn | Posted 06.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogHeather Zichal, former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, may soon walk ou...

Obama Adopts Safeguards After CIA Chief Outed

AP | By JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

WESTON, Mass. (AP) — The Obama administration is adopting three new safeguards to prevent the accidental identification of key national security per...

Lee Camp Features Gen. Petraeus Oil Wars Video on Redacted Tonight

Steve Horn | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Comedian Lee Camp premiered a never-before-televised video of former CIA Director General David Petraeus  -- who now serves as Chairman of the Ko...

CIA Joins Twitter, And Of Course This Is Its First Tweet

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

The Central Intelligence Agency joined Twitter on Friday, and of course this was its first tweet: We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our ...

Obama Taps Top Lawyer To Look Into CIA Officer Revelation

AP | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's top lawyer will look into how the name of the CIA's top official in Afghanistan was accidently revealed t...

White House Accidentally Leaks Series Finale of Mad Men

Spencer Green | Posted 05.27.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

The White House accidentally revealed the long-awaited series finale of the popular TV show Mad Men. "An early screener of the episode was downloaded ...

White House Blows CIA Official's Cover

AP | KEN DILANIAN | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an embarrassing flub, the Obama administration accidentally revealed the name of the CIA's top official in Afghanistan in an em...

Documents: Petraeus Fracking Field Trip Reveals ND Government, Oil, Private Equity Nexus

Steve Horn | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDeSmogBlog has obtained hundreds of documents portraying the blurred lines between North Dakota's government, the oil and ...

U.S. Officers Shoot And Kill Armed Yemeni Civilians Who Tried To Kidnap Them

The New York Times | Posted 05.09.2014 | World

WASHINGTON — A United States Special Operations commando and a Central Intelligence Agency officer in Yemen shot and killed two armed Yemeni civilia...

House Dems to Obama: Hurry Up On Detainee Declassification

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If the White House intends to fair, everything should be out in the open so Americans can make their own judgments.

Window Opens On Secret Camp Within Guantanamo

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 onl...

Marco Rubio Claim About CIA Report Rejected

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is seeking the declassification of a 10-month-old letter expressing its concerns about a controversial Senate...

Sen. Diane Feinstein Bears the Wrath of Ex-CIA Officials

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Feinstein and her fellow Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee thought their war over "enhanced interrogation techniques" won, they woke up to a rude awakening on Sunday morning, when CIA veterans and defenders of the EIT program jumped at the chance to offer their own rebuttals.

The Senate Intel Committee Set to Send Interrogation Report to Obama's Desk

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

After years of painstaking work at a cost of an estimated $40 million, the Senate Intelligence Committee's Democratic staff is finally ready to release what they view as the most authoritative, in-depth and comprehensive study about the CIA's former program of enhanced interrogations.

Why Pres. Obama Should Have Prosecuted the Bush Administration for War Crimes -- and Still Can (By Other Means)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Engaging in counterfactual, what-if history can be uselessly speculative, but here are three demonstrable ways the Obama administration -- and America too -- have been hurt by not prosecuting Bush officials for the crimes of torture and fraudulent war.

Reid Slams 'Patently Absurd' Allegations

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has instructed the Senate's chief law enforcement officer to examine the Intelligence Committee'...

The Senate Report on CIA Torture and Why We Speak Out

Curt Goering | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Curt Goering

If the United States is to speak with any authority on human rights, our government's action must reflect its rhetoric. That means, in part, that we uphold our legal obligations to fully investigate credible reports of torture committed by our own officials, and make the results public.

Feinstein vs. CIA Fight Points Up Need for A New 'Church Committee'

William Bradley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If the CIA becomes regarded as monstrous and out of control by not just the usual critics but also by much of the mainstream in the U.S. and around the world -- and they are on that cusp right now -- some of the most important tools in protecting the United States and its interests short of war become, at best, decidedly double-edged swords.

The CIA Is Not a Fourth Branch of Government

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Senate must prevail in this Constitutional showdown between a secretive Executive Branch relic of the Cold War that has a long history of doing nasty things in our name.

Intelligence?

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

CIA Director John O. Brennan's defense of the IC is that of a fierce loyalist. He speaks, but provides little substance -- not because of "sources and methods," but because of the politics in which all intelligence agencies are now immersed.

White House Not Taking Sides On Claims Of CIA Spying On Senate

AP | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama agrees with CIA Director John Brennan that it's important to get to the bottom of whet...

CIA Director: We Didn't Hack Senate Computers

AP | Associated Press | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA director John Brennan says the spy agency did not hack into computers that Senate staffers were using to investigate Bush-era ...

CIA Investigates Whether Officers Spied On Senate

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA is investigating whether its officers improperly monitored members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which oversees th...

The Spy Who Bugged Me

Keith Thomson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

The experience gave me the idea for a story: A national security reporter discovers that a subminiature electronic device is implanted in his head. He investigates, propelling him into a life-or-death struggle with the spy who'd bugged him.