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Mother Jones Blog

Concern that Al Qaeda is getting more comfortable in "ungoverned spaces" of Pakistan, due to various factors, including a recent agreement by the Pakistani authorities with tribal leaders to leave Islamic militants in Waziristan alone.

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Der Spiegel

About 390 CIA-run flights through German airspace were in violation of German law, and Berlin could have collected millions of euros in fines. Now internal investigations could make things embarrassing for Gerhard Schroder's government as well a

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AP

A federal appeals court said Friday it would release some of the documents it reviewed when deciding to force journalists to testify in the CIA leak investigation. The ruling followed a request by the AP and Dow Jones, which asked for the release

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Raw Story

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger pushed for the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus and allowed arms to be moved to Ankara for an attack on that island in reaction to a coup sponsored by the Greek junta, according to documents and intelligence o

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AP

Little-known documents now being made public detail illegal and scandalous activities by the CIA more than 30 years ago: wiretappings of journalists, kidnappings, warrantless searches and more. The documents provide a glimpse of nearly 700 pages

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Salon

There is growing evidence of high-level coordination between the CIA and the US military in developing abusive interrorgation techniques used on terrorist suspects. After the 9/11 attacks, both turned to a small cadre of psychologists linked to the

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Village Voice(Nat Hentoff)

CIA director Michael Hayden, defending the practice of sending terrorism suspects to countries that interrogate by torture via secret "renditions," told USA Today last month that this program is "lawful, in keeping with Western values.

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AP

Top French government officials are ignoring warnings to ditch their cherished BlackBerrys -- smartphones with e-mail capacity -- despite warnings their messages may be intercepted by US spy agencies, a report said. "They tried to offer us so

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AP

The CIA's top lawyer said he did not object to a 2002 memo authorizing interrogation techniques that stop just short of causing a sensation of impending organ failure or even death. Yet John Rizzo, who is serving as the agency's temporary

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AP

The national intelligence director has won White House approval to begin revising an executive order that lays out each spy agency's responsibilities and the government's protections against spying on Americans. The Reagan-era 1981 president

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Washington Post(David Ignatius)

The US is losing the war in Iraq because it cannot combat these makeshift weapons. An army with unimaginable firepower is being driven out by guerrillas armed with a crude arsenal of explosives and blasting caps, triggered by cellphones and garage-d

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Washington Post

Acting under pressure from Congress, the CIA has decided to trim its contractor staffing by 10 percent. It is the agency's first effort since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to curb what critics have decried as the growing privatization of US intell

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The Spy Who Billed Me

The size of the US national intelligence budget remains one of the government's most closely guarded secrets. By reverse engineering the numbers the total budget of the 16 US intelligence agencies was $60 billion, 25% higher than believed.

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Voice of America

A trial involving a controversial CIA program has started Friday in Italy, but without 26 American defendants accused of kidnapping a suspected Egyptian terrorist. The Americans, along with the former head of Italy's intelligence service

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Guardian

The CIA operated secret prisons in Europe where terrorism suspectes could be interrogated and were allegedly tortured, an official inquiry will conclude tomorrow. Despite denials by their governments, senior security officials in Poland and Romania

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National Interest

What comes to mind when someone mentions intelligence and the Iraq War? Why, of course, the intelligence estimate on Iraqi unconventional weapons programs that was excoriated in a 500-page report by presidentially appointed commission

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Salon

If the Bush administration forces the CIA to drop "tough" interrogation techniques like waterboarding, the agency will probably fall back on a brutal method that leaves no physical marks.

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Telegraph

The ageing former leader of the CIA's "Secret Army" in Laos was in an American prison last night, accused of mounting a coup agains his and Washington's old Communist enemy. General Vang Pao, 77, and nine other people were arrested

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Reuters

Rebels killed in clashes with Iranian forces this week had recently infiltrated border areas of the Islamic Republic carrying U.S.-made arms, said an Iranian commander. "The weapons ... included M16 weapons which are being provided through chann

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