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Obama's "Drip, Drip, Drip..." Intelligence Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama faces a steady drip, drip, drip of stories leaking and becoming public. Wiretapping stories, torture stories, and secret CIA covert stories were all in the news in the past week alone.

Obama's Weak Congress

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

I fear a Congress that, while not so much parasitic, is so fearful of being attached to any of Obama's failures that it misses every opportunity to be a part of his successes.

GOP Rep. Says He Would Support An Investigation Of Secret CIA Program

The Plumline | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I'm a bit surprised this isn't getting more attention: Last night, A Republican member of Congress -- Rep Mac Thornberry -- said he would support an i...

Intel Chair Reyes: CIA "Affirmatively Lied" To Us

CQ Politics | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes has suggested Republicans would be well advised to avoid politicizing the intelligence authorizaton bill l...

Cheney's "Privileged" Interview Already Leaked By Personal Lawyer

Emptywheel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

You know how Obama's DOJ claims that we can't see Cheney's interview with Patrick Fitzgerald because it's privileged? Well, Dick Cheney's lawyer alrea...

Advocacy Groups Say Torture Memo Authors Should Be Disbarred

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A coalition of advocacy groups is asking the District of Columbia and New York bar associations to disbar three government attorney...

Obama Torture Task Force Considers Reducing CIA Role In Interrogations

The Washington Independant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The task force charged with fleshing out President Obama's ban on torture in interrogations is likely to recommend the creation of small, mixed-agency...

Laura Dean

Bush CIA Honcho: Military Option Should Be Off The Table With Iran | Laura Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the fifth consecutive day of protests in Iran drew to a close, one of the chief members of President Bush's intelligence apparatus warned that the ...

Sam Stein

Holder Wants As "Complete A Report" On Bush Lawyers As Soon As Possible | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder restated his intention on Wednesday to release a comprehensive report, declassified to the fullest extent, on the legal a...

Reliable Sources: Raising the Stakes of the Interrogation Debate

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

Protecting our country from terrorist attacks by obtaining reliable intelligence is essential. But it is also essential to assure U.S. moral authority by acting in a manner that is consistent with our high ideals.

Friday Talking Points [80] -- Parsing Obama's Cairo Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

This is an interesting and refreshing subtext in Obama's entire speech -- he says things are "facts" and not opinions. Considering the lunacy that passes for "political debate" on American television screens -- where there are always two points of view, and every "fact" is subject to spin from one side or another -- it is a breath of fresh air.

Jason Linkins

Poll: Pelosi Gets More Support Than CIA In Dispute | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Greg Sargent highlights a Rasmussen poll today that indicates that after several days of the media flogging Nancy Pelosi's inept press conference and ...

Jason Linkins

Liz Cheney Revises History Of Father's Relationship With The CIA | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Matt Corley of ThinkProgress makes an interesting observation from Liz Cheney's appearance on yesterday's edition of This Week. Asked about whether h...

What, Exactly, Was Pelosi Supposed to Do?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pelosi can be defended for being in an impossible situation at the time. Even if she disagreed with the policy, there simply wasn't much for her to do about it.

Jason Linkins

Media Shocked - Shocked! - That Pelosi Criticizes The CIA | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

There's much to consider where Nancy Pelosi and past intelligence briefings on interrogation, detention, and torture are concerned. Lots. Especially ...

The Price of Freedom

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

The enduring question is whether a small group of people in power have the right to redefine the nature of America's core values and ideals through policy decisions made under the cover of secrecy.

Jay S. Bybee: It's Not Torture If You Use A Caterpillar

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

I never thought I would be having arguments with people about the merits of torture, which goes to show you how low Bush sunk the general level of American political discourse.

Obama's CIA Torture Prosecution Stance Leads To Outcry From Human Rights Groups, Muslim World

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO — Human rights groups and former detainees in U.S. custody expressed disappointment Friday with the decision by President Barack Obama not...

Obama Weighs Airing CIA Tactics: Top Officials At Odds

Wall Street Journal | EVAN PEREZ and SIOBHAN GORMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is leaning toward keeping secret some graphic details of tactics allowed in Central Intelligence Agency interro...

CIA Black Sites No Longer Being Used, Panetta Says

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The CIA has stopped using contractors to interrogate prisoners and fired private security guards at the CIA's now-shuttered secret ...

Out of the Black Site Business

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Anyone who thinks foreign policy for the next four years will be a rerun of the Bush years is flat-out wrong.

The C.I.A.'s tribe in danger

Roger Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Warner

By visiting these "jungle" Hmong, by speaking with them directly, Lair had confirmed that there was an inner core of legitimate refugees whom the U.S. government should help.

President Obama Offers Iran "A Promise of a New Day"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

Obama's promise of a new day in U.S.-Iranian relations must be given the opportunity to bear fruit free from outside intervention.

CIA Following Bin Laden on Twitter

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Borowitz

The decision to track Mr. bin Laden's movements, moods, and musical tastes came late last week after the agency discovered he was using the popular social networking utility.

Economic Intelligence: 5 No-Brainer Risks

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

It's time to broaden our network of town hall meetings to turn national economic security problems into global sustainable solutions.