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Abolishing the CIA

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The abolition of the CIA could be a conscious step in tearing our government out of the grip of the war consensus -- this unelected force that feeds on perpetual global mistrust and hatred, the exact opposite of what true security requires.

After Torture Report, Rights of Victims and Accountability for Perpetrators Must Not Be Denied

David Tolbert | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
David Tolbert

How can it be that the US, which so prides itself on its traditions of respect for the rule of law and human rights, simply turn a blind eye on this deep stain on its record without the resonance of hypocrisy? How can it revive its moral credibility?

Senate Staffer Tried To Scrub 'Torture' From Torture Report's Wikipedia Entry

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

An anonymous Wikipedia user on Wednesday tried to scrub the word "torture" from an entry corresponding to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on ...

CIA Initially Planned Jails That Abided By U.S. Law

The New York Times | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Just six days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, President Bush signed a secret order that gave the Central Intelligence Agency the pow...

Torture

Jonathan Richards | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

Psychologist Defends Harsh CIA Interrogations

AP | By KEN DILANIAN | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the CIA set out to design a program to elicit intelligence from captured terrorists, it turned to two former Air Force psycho...

Kate Sheppard

The Inside Story Of How The CIA Actually Caught The 9/11 Mastermind, But Nearly Didn't

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Buried in the 500-page Senate report on the Bush administration's CIA torture program, made public for the first time on Tuesday, is a d...

Ali Watkins

Intelligence Funding Will Likely Clear Senate At Last Minute

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may be the 11th hour, but it looks like the intelligence community can breathe a sigh of relief: The nation’s spies will likely get...

Ali Watkins

National Archives: Ok, So Maybe Letting The CIA Destroy Emails Wasn't A Great Idea

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Archives told lawmakers Friday that it is reconsidering its tentative approval of a new CIA records-keeping strategy that w...

In the War Between the CIA and Senate Democrats, Everybody Won Except the Public

Eric Zuesse | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

This entire investigation into the CIA's role in illegal tortures has died, allegedly because the Senate's Sergeant-at-Arms doesn't trust the CIA, the CIA's Inspector General finds the CIA's accusations against the Democratic-led Committee to be based on "inaccurate information," and the U.S. Attorney General asserts that the CIA's case against that Committee isn't worth pursuing.

Ali Watkins

Senate-CIA Dispute Unsettled As Final Investigation Ends

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Senate Sergeant-at-Arms investigation into a dispute between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee has ended without firm conc...

Leon Panetta's Book, Barack Obama's Plight, and the Shreds of Statesmanship

William Bradley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama's got a lot of problems, some of his making, many not. The last thing he need is one of his former top officials feeding attack lines to his enemies. So naturally, that's what he has.

Obama's ISIS Strategy Resembles Benghazi

Kevin Price | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Recently President Barack Obama was on CBS' 60 Minutes discussing the problems the U.S. has had in dealing with the Islamic extremist organization, ISIS.

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

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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 10.04.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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...