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House Dems to Obama: Hurry Up On Detainee Declassification

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 04.13.2014 | 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 04.09.2014 | 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 04.08.2014 | 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 04.04.2014 | 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 03.27.2014 | 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 03.21.2014 | 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 03.18.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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.


Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 03.12.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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.

What The NSA Debate Misses

Adlai E. Stevenson III | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Adlai E. Stevenson III

The debate over the NSA's data collection should lead to a better balance between rights of privacy and requirements of foreign intelligence. But whatever the outcome of that debate, it has failed to acknowledge inherent deficiencies and risks in "foreign intelligence" and the transcendent role of foreign policy in the defense of our national interests. Our foreign policy failures and dilemmas reflect failures of a cerebral sort of intelligence, including a lack of experience in the real world away from Washington, its arm chair polemicists, its ideological think thanks, and too little experience in military ground forces where you learn to expect the unexpected. Policy has been driven by ideologues, militarists, and amateurs, including Members of Congress who are little noted nowadays for real world experience.

Otis Pike and U.S. Intelligence Abuses

Karl Grossman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Karl Grossman

These days it's the scandal involving widespread surveillance by the National Security Administration. Four decades ago it was the investigation of U....

Inside The CIA's Notorious Polish Prison

The Washington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

On a cold day in early 2003, two senior CIA officers arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw to pick up a pair of large cardboard boxes. Inside were bun...

'Troublemaker' Hersh Should Be Welcomed Back

Robert Miraldi | Posted 03.02.2014 | Media
Robert Miraldi

It may be a New Year, but it is the same old Sy Hersh, arguably America's best investigative reporter, who is still sticking his thumb in the eye of power at the age of 76 and exposing what he sees as the abuse of power.

Covert CIA Program Helped Kill Rebel Leaders In Colombia

The Washington Post | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

The 50-year-old Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), once considered the best-funded insurgency in the world, is at its smallest and most vu...

Senate Asks CIA To Share Damning Report On Interrogations

The New York Times | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the C.I.A. for an internal study done by the agency that lawmakers believe is broadly criti...

Time to Settle the Debate on Torture

Melina Milazzo, Esq. | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Melina Milazzo, Esq.

On December 13, 2012, a bipartisan majority of the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt the single most comprehensive study of the CIA's detention and interrogation program. Nevertheless, one year later, this groundbreaking report remains top secret.

Staying in Afghanistan Is a Recipe for More Terrorism

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Anthony W. Orlando

Barack Obama is daring the terrorists. He's standing in their front yard. He's calling them out. Of course, that's not how it's reported.

NSA And CIA Spied On 'World Of Warcraft' Players

ProPublica | Posted 12.09.2013 | Technology

Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Lif...

Crazy Like A Fox: Karzai's Bipolarity Obscures Dubious Motives

Michael Hughes | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's recent volte-face on the U.S. security pact seems like yet another manifestation of a chemical imbalance. However, men...