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An Open Letter to the White House on the Eve of Obama's Prime Time Speech

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As an American citizen who one day hopes to become a public servant and who frequently monitors our nation's foreign policy, I continue to wish you and your colleagues in the State Department, Pentagon, and intelligence community the best of luck. America's security depends on the efforts that you make in the weeks ahead.

DOJ Memo Justifying Killing Of U.S. Citizen Revealed

VICE News | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

"This white paper sets forth the legal basis upon which the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) could use lethal force in Yemen against a United States ...

This Is What Happens When A Journalist Shares Story Drafts With The CIA

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.09.2014 | Media

Where should we draw the line when it comes to a reporter and the subject of his story? According to documents obtained by The Intercept through a...

Video: Glenn Greenwald Criticizes NPR for Relying on CIA-Linked Firm in Report on Impact of Snowden Leaks

Democracy Now! | Posted 08.13.2014 | Media
Democracy Now!

In his latest article for The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald takes a highly critical look at a story by NPR's counterterrorism correspondent, Dina Temple-Raston, which aired on Morning Edition earlier this month.

'Torture' No Longer a Four-Letter Word?

Human Rights Watch | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Human Rights Watch

Is some sense of sanity finally slipping into the torture debate in the U.S.? As the Senate Intelligence Committee is on the verge of releasing a summary of a report said to be hugely damning of the CIA's torture program and that contradicts the CIA's version of events, something seems to have shifted.

Michael McAuliff

Feinstein: Administration Is Hiding Key Facts In Senate's CIA Torture Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee is stalling the release of its detailed investigation of the CIA's use of torture, allegin...

White House, Senate Spar Over Deletions From Torture Report

McClatchy DC | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and the Senate Intelligence Committee are sparring over the administration’s deletions of fake names from th...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Had To Explain To Colleagues Why Torture Is Wrong

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ahead of the expected release of a massive, damning report on the Central Intelligence Agency's use of torture in the years after 9/11, ...

A Constitutional Scandal Worse Than Iran-Contra or Watergate

Ivan Eland | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

The stark admission by the CIA's inspector general that the agency had broken into a classified computer network used by its overseers at the Senate Intelligence Committee violates the core principle of separation of powers of governmental branches enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

Friday Talking Points -- Boehner's 'Keystone Kops' House

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As I write this, the House has still not managed to pass a bill to deal with the border crisis. They've been trying for a few days now, but have been locked in a serious battle between Tea Party hardliners and Republicans from more moderate districts.

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

AP | VANESSA GERA | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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.