The controversial interrogation technique known as water-boarding, in which a suspect has water poured over his mouth and nose to stimulate a drowning reflex, has been banned by CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden, current and former
CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden says his agency wants to use every inch of US law to protect the American people, but that it does not go beyond the legal way to carry out its duty. Amidst criticism that the CIA misallocated funds
(Duh) Salon exclusive: Two former CIA officers say the president squelched top-secret intelligence, and a briefing by George Tenet, months before invading Iraq.
At the forefront of these efforts is former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite who was Washington's first choice to lead Iraq after the U.S. occupation authority ended. He now is being presented as the best hope of saving Iraq from what
When a federal judge dismissed Valerie Plame's lawsuit against the CIA earlier this month, she ruled that the agency was entitled to stop Ms. Plame from publishing the dates of her agency service, even though these dates had been supplied to Cong
The Americans were getting close. It was early in the winter of 2004-05, and Osama bin Laden and his entourage were holed up in a mountain hideaway along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Suddenly, a sentry, posted several kilometers away, spotted a p
Top military lawyers have told senators that President Bush's new rules for CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists could allow abuses that violate the Geneva Conventions, according to Senate and military officials.
Spies and teenagers normally have little in common but that is about to change as America's intelligence agencies prepare to launch "A-Space", an internal communications tool modelled on the popular social networking sites, Facebook and
(I'm so shocked) The CIA's top leaders failed to use their available powers, never developed a comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaida and missed crucial opportunities to thwart two hijackers in the run-up to Sept. 11, the agency's own watch
Following Karl Rove’s appearance on “Meet The Press” former Time Magazine reporter Matt Cooper who was dead center in the Valerie Plame scandal, stops just short of calling Karl Rove a liar, insisting he did, in fact, leak Valerie Plame’s name to him
On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold, excising an entire section critical of the company's machines. While anonymous, such changes typically leave behind digi
The American Bar Association voted Monday to urge Congress to override a Bush adminstration order authorizing the CIA to use interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, and sensory and sleep deprivation. The nation's largest lawyers'
''The structure of our intelligence organization is faulty. It makes no sense. It has to be reorganized and we should have done it long ago. Nothing has changed since Pearl Harbor. I have suffered an 8-year defeat on this. . . . I will leave
Facebook has 20 million users worldwide, is worth billions of dollars and, if internet sources are to be believed, was started by the CIA. The social networking phenomenon started as a way of American college students to keep in touch.
Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, owner of the DailyKos website, now admits the he spent six months in the employ of the US CIA in 2001. In a one-hour interview on June 2, 2006 interview at the Commonwealth Club, Moulitsas, also know as "Kos,"
A much-awaited CIA internal report revealing how individual agent's performed in the month leading up to the 9/11 attacks is slated to be released by September 3. Government accountability activities and widows of 9/11 victims
Airlines and aviation-related companies sued the CIA and the FBI on Tuesday, asking a federal court to let them interview investigators who can tell whether the aviation industry was to blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks or whether it had acted rea
A rare look inside the CIA's secret interrogatioin program.
An editorial published in La Jorrnada (Mexico City) on the US giving shelter to a terrorist responsible for blowing up an airliner with 73 people on board. [in English and Spanish]
Current and former intelligence officials say the Bush Adminstration's National Intelligence Estimate regarding terrorist threats to the US does not provide evidence to support its assertions and may have inflated the domestic threat posed by the
Mind you this is up to 1994. Some of them have links to the whole story. When will we learn.Entered By: Jean Carbonneau
Once upon a time, a U.S. official's condemnation of torture was a statement of moral principle. Today, it is an opportunity for obfuscation. We have learned that when President Bush says, "We don't torture," it's important to re
America's coercive interrogation methods were reverse-engineered by C.I.A. psychologists who spent their careers training U.S. soldiers to endure Communist-style torture techniques. The spread of these tactics was fueled by a myth about a critica
Dissident U.S. intelligence officers angry at former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped a European probe uncover details of kidnapping and secret CIA torture prisons in Europe, the top investigator said.
On July 14, 2003, the Washington Post carried a column by Robert Novak set out to do the White House's bidding by disparaging former ambassador Joseph Wilson and making it impossible for his wife, Valerie Plame, to continue working in her covert
The White House faced fresh political peril yesterday in the form of a new intelligence assessment that raised sharp questions about the success of its counterterrorism strategy and judgment in making Iraq the focus of that effort.
After conducting a 10-month investigation that consisted of more than 70 interviews, as well as a detailed review of public and classified documents, Vanity Fair writer Katherine Eban delivers the fullest portrait yet of James Mitchell and Bruce Jess
As Americans turn increasingly against President George Bush’s calamitous war in Iraq, and revolt spreads through Republican ranks, the White House is again resorting to its tried-and-true ploy of fanning grossly inflated fears of terrorism.
An independent oversight board created to identify intelligence abuses after the CIA scandals of the 1970s did not send any reports to the attorney general of legal violations during the first 5 1/2 years of the Bush adminstration's counterrorism
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern gives his view of DHS head Chertoff’s “gut feeling” that something very bad is going to happen, “faith-based” intelligence in general, the actual threat of terrorist attacks versus our government’s hysterical scare-mon