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Al Qaeda

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida can be expected to attempt an attack on the United States in the next three to six months, senior U.S. intelligence offici...

Veterans, Clean Energy, and Common Sense

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

There's a growing consensus that one of the best things we can do to enhance our national security is to get off fossil fuels and transition to clean, home-grown energy.

Blair vs. Panetta: White House Tries To Settle Feud Between Top Intelligence Officials

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House this month issued a classified order to resolve mounting frictions between the nation's intelligence director and the CIA over issues ...

CIA Director Leon Panetta Defends Agency After Afghanistan Bomb Attack

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The horrible news Dec. 30 that a suicide bomber had taken seven American lives in Afghanistan may have been for some a stark reminder that we are at w...

Nancy Pelosi Claim That CIA Lied Validated By House Intelligence Committee

The Hill | Jared Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats on the Intelligence Committee have concluded that the CIA did not fully inform Congress about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques d...

CIA Wins Epic Turf Battle With Intelligence Czar | Mark Hosenball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The CIA has decisively won a long-running turf fight with the director of national intelligence, the CIA's ostensible boss, over who will be the top U...

Glock Around The Clock... Twitter, Guns and Gambling Tarnish US Image

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

With NBA commissioner David Stern suspending Gilbert Arenas, the media has forgotten that this party got started thanks to Twitter.

This Week In Magazines: Obama The "Self-Entangling Giant"

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

No matter how much he might disdain the W. presidency, especially when it came to misuse of executive branch power, Barack Obama may be a "self-entangling giant" who is going down the same perilous path.

CQ Columnist: Obama Should Ditch Intelligence Advisory Board

CQ Politics | Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nine months into his administration, President Obama has yet to fill any of the 16 seats on the White House Intelligence Advisory Board -- as far as I...

Leon Panetta: Karzai Apparent Afghan Election Winner

VOA News | Gary Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Official preliminary final totals in Afghanistan's recent presidential election have incumbent president Hamid Karzai the winner, but the election was...

Is Bagram Obama's New Secret Prison?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The Obama administration is following Bush's lead by unilaterally rewriting the Geneva Conventions, presumably to allow it to continue exploiting prisoners of war for their supposed intelligence value.

Panett's Job Is Secure Despite Losing High-Profile Battles Over CIA Missteps

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — CIA Director Leon Panetta has been on the losing end of a string of high-profile battles over the agency's past missteps, stoking q...

CIA Wants DOJ To Investigate Assassinations Leak

Washington Independent | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The CIA is none too happy about the recent disclosure of apparently inchoate "significant actions" canceled by Director Leon Panetta. After the activi...

Outsourcing Assassination: to China?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Look, if we're going to outsource, we should outsource to the experts. The Chinese. They make our computers. Why not give them the task of assassinating jihadists?

White House Vs. CIA: "Profanity-Laced Screaming Match" With Panetta Over Torture Report

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CIA Director threatened to quit over an potential criminal investigation of CIA torture, ABC News reported Monday. A "profanity-laced screaming match...

Did the CIA Assassinate? What We Need to Know

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

A serious examination of the CIA/assassination story should begin by sweeping aside the rubbish cluttering the electronic ether on this issue.

Panetta "Blindsided" By Probe Of Secret CIA Program

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEWSWEEK's disclosure that attorney General Eric Holder Jr. may appoint a prosecutor to investigate detainee abuse has revived tensions in the Obama a...

The Democrats' Selective Amnesia on Assassination: Clinton Did It and Obama Does It Too

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

The "secret" CIA assassination program that Dick Cheney allegedly concealed from Congress sounds a lot like the assassination policy implemented by President Bill Clinton.

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.

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.

CIA Secret Program Was To Capture Or Kill Al Qaeda Operatives

Wall Street Journal | SIOBHAN GORMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A secret Central Intelligence Agency initiative terminated by Director Leon Panetta was an attempt to carry out a 2001 presidential authorization to c...

Jason Linkins

Joe Scarborough, Pelosi Critic, Now Laments Unfair Criticism Of Pelosi | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Scarborough's now lamenting that Nancy Pelosi, "a friend of mine from Congress" has "caught a lot of grief" for that criticism. The big takeaway? Starbucks apparently has a Rohypnol Frappuccino.

Secret CIA Program Was "Intelligence-Collection Activity"

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Washington Post has more details on the secret program that CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed this week had been hidden from Congress since 2001....

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...

Pete Hoekstra: CIA Scandal "Very, Very Bizarre"

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congressional aides said Thursday that Democratic leaders are prepared to soften a proposal that more lawmakers be briefed on secre...