How the CIA made Google

Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet—

Medium, By Nafeez Ahmed, January 22

INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, breaks the exclusive story of how the United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded […]

The Inside Information That Could Have Stopped 9/11

Newsweek, By Jeff Stein, January 14

Just before Christmas, former FBI special agent Mark Rossini greeted me with his usual good cheer when we met for drinks in a midtown Manhattan restaurant. He told me his life had finally taken a turn for the better. He’s spending most of his time in Switzerland, where he […]

CIA board clears staff of snooping Senate computers

A CIA internal watchdog has cleared agency officers of improperly accessing the computers of members of the US Senate intelligence committee.

BBC, January 15

It said CIA officers acted reasonably in searching computers after concerns they contained classified material.

The finding contradicts allegations from lawmakers and an admission from the agency’s own inspector general.

The […]

Reaching Outside C.I.A., Obama Picks Treasury Official to Become Agency’s No. 2

New York Times, By Mark Mazzetti, January 9

Washington — President Obama has chosen the Treasury Department official who has directed the effort to cut off funding of the Islamic State and impose economic sanctions on Syria, Russia and Iran to become the C.I.A.’s deputy director, the agency announced on Friday.

The official, David S. […]

Mark Udall to consider all options to reveal CIA torture report

The Denver Post, By Mark K. Matthews, November 13

Washington — U.S. Sen. Mark Udall has seven weeks left in office, but the Colorado Democrat isn’t prepared to go quietly — especially when it comes to the twin issues of CIA torture and government snooping.

In his first interview since Election Day, Udall told The […]

Senate’s inquiry into CIA torture sidesteps blaming Bush, aides

McClatchy, By Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor, October 16

A soon-to-be released Senate report on the CIA doesn’t assess the responsibility of former President George W. Bush or his top aides for any of the abuses of the agency’s detention and interrogation program, avoiding a full public accounting of one of the […]

The Great Expectancy

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Pax Americana continues to crumble before our eyes. The belief that the United States has a divinely-inspired obligation to police the entire world has always been most strongly held among Americans themselves; some of the beneficiaries of this largesse, such as the Vietnamese and most recently the Iraqis, never quite showed the gratitude America felt […]

Obama Knew The CIA Was Spying On The Senate?

So Obama apparently knew the CIA (his agency, as he is the head of the executive branch) was spying on the Senate Committee (which is the legislative branch) that oversees the CIA?

You know, not that it is ever going to happen, but that pretty much fits my personal definition of high crimes and misdemeanors. […]

It’s All Snowden’s Fault

You read that right. Them’s the talking points out of DC. Obama got caught flat-footed. Apparently the CIA/DIA/NSA/NSC all believed that Putin would not send troops in. (I wonder what this tells us about our drone intel?) And so now what we’re getting from DC is it’s all Snowden’s fault because apparently he gave the […]

Military and intel-agency physicians and psychologists in abusive interrogation (aka torture)

Sometimes people forget who they are. The power to heal becomes the power to torture.

The following material is the first part of the Executive Summary of a just released report, Ethics Abandoned, on physician and allied health personnel engaging in cruel behavior towards detainees.. Do no harm became use harm as a […]

The “Insider” View of the Snowden Leak

While I disagree with a great deal of what is said in tonight’s Nelson Report, I think it is extremely useful to read it to understand how the “insiders” see the leak. They have absolutely no conception of how Main Street sees it. How run of the mill people involved in small scale retail politics […]

A Public Indictment Could Shed Light on CIA’s Secret Program

Agonist Newswire

By Cora Currier, ProPublica Creative Commons

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed an indictment Wednesday charging Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun with six terrorism-related counts. (Image)

The announcement that Harun is in U.S. custody in New York may also shed light on a small part one of the most secretive aspects of U.S. […]

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Director Kathryn Bigelow, Screenwriter Mark Boal Respond to Critics

THR:

The director and screenwriter of Zero Dark Thirty accepted the best director and best picture awards at Monday night’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards and used the opportunity onstage to address simmering controversies: the debate over their film’s use of torture, as well as the impending Senate investigation into their sources in crafting […]

Email Privacy and the Petraeus Scandal

Julian Sanchez of the Cato Institute talks about the email privacy issues raised by the ongoing Petraeus sex scandal:

What Did Petraeus Know and When Did He Know It?

Michael Collins Creative Commons

(Washington, DC, 11/15) The bitterness of the neocons knows no limit. They’re still having tantrums after being denied the unchallenged ability to pillage and plunder at will (and at our expense). Never mind that the public doesn’t want to hear it. The Congressional Republicans are jumping up and down over […]

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