Tag: Bush administration

Bush White House’s Repeated Torture Denials Led CIA Torturers to Seek Repeated Reassurances

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The Bush administration was so adamant in its public statements against torture that CIA officials repeatedly sought reassurances that the White House officials who had given them permission to torture in the first place hadn’t changed their minds. In a

CIA inspector general to resign

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CIA Inspector General David Buckley, the agency’s internal watchdog, will resign at the end of the month, officials confirmed Monday, though they denied it had anything to do with the controversy surrounding the discovery that agency employees were hacking into

John Kerry asks to delay CIA torture report

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In a personal phone call to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Intelligence, Secretary of State John Kerry asked for the so-called torture report to be delayed, arguing it could damage foreign relations and pose risks to US personnel

Futurology: Internet of Things and the NSA

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The Internet was clearly expanding beyond the computer in 2004, even three years before the launch of the Apple iPhone in 2007, so many technologists saw the possibility for every day devices to become surveillance tools for businesses and governments.

White House Chief Of Staff Negotiating Redaction Of CIA Torture Report

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WASHINGTON — White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough is personally negotiating how much of the Senate’s so-called torture report, a probe into the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program, will be redacted, according to sources involved in the negotiations.

James Risen on NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden: He Sparked a New National Debate on Surveillance

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New York Times investigative reporter James Risen faces jail time if he refuses to name a whistleblowing source, but he insists the actual whistleblowers, including Edward Snowden, are “much more courageous that we reporters are.” Risen won a Pulitzer Prize

Obama: The Most Secretive President?

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Having been elected to the White House with the promise of increased openness and transparency regarding government operations, Barack Obama may end his presidency as among the most secretive in American history. That, anyway, was the conclusion of a couple

Senate Torture Report Will Be Public in 2 to 4 Weeks, Says Feinstein

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Senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein expects the executive summary of her staff’s long-awaited report on the torture of American detainees to be ready for public release before the end of September, she said in an unaired segment of her

Nerves fray over CIA report’s release

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Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee have been planning for months to release the findings of their investigation on the CIA’s Bush-era interrogation program this fall. But with little more than 60 days until the midterm elections, a release of

Yet Again, CIA is Concealing Information Americans Should See

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Once again, the CIA is concealing information that Americans have a right to know, and once again President Obama should ensure its release. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is set to release a landmark report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture

CIA Director Brennan Should Resign

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CIA director John Brennan did the right thing Thursday in apologizing to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) for CIA monitoring of computers being used by the committee’s staff for an investigation of the Bush-era enhanced-interrogation program. Nevertheless, heads

The C.I.A.’s Reckless Breach of Trust

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In March, John Brennan, the C.I.A. director, was indignant when Senator Dianne Feinstein charged that the agency had broken into computers used by staff investigators from the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she leads. “As far as the allegations of C.I.A.

The NSA is monitoring dead people

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You may be dead, but the U.S. government won’t take you off its terrorist roster. That’s according to newly leaked internal guidelines from last year that reveal intimate details regarding the government’s process for determining whether an individual should be

CIA Torture Program Exposed: More Than a 100 Detainees “Rendered” by U.S. With Help from Allies

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With the National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal continuing to make news, another secretive U.S. agency is now the subject of its own public humiliation.  In early April, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC) voted to partially declassify a 6,600-page

The official US position on the NSA is still unlimited eavesdropping power

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Modern American privacy law begins with Charles Katz, an accused gambler, making a call from a Los Angeles phone booth. In a now-famous opinion, Justice John Marshall Harlan concluded that the US Constitution protected Katz’s “expectation of privacy” in his

Kim Jong Il’s Death Takes CIA By Surprise

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Kim Jong Il's death exposed — once again — the alarming deficiencies of the spider web of U.S. intelligence agencies. We should know from 9/11 that what we don't know can kill us. 'What use are they?" Richard Nixon once

The August 1991 Coup in Moscow, 20 Years Later

Washington D.C., August 19, 2011 -The hardline coup d’etat 20 years ago today in Moscow surprised its plotters with unexpected resistance from Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, from Russian democratic opposition forces, and from the international community including the Bush administration,