Tag: Department of Defense

How We Outsourced CIA Torture And Why It Matters

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One big revelation in the explosive summary of the Senate report on CIA torture is just how much the U.S. government is outsourcing its dirty work. The 500-page report on CIA interrogation tactics, released last week, details shocking instances of

CIA Paid Torture Teachers More Than $80 Million

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The CIA contractors who helped develop and operate the “enhanced interrogation techniques” that the agency used on terror suspects, including waterboarding, were paid more than $80 million, according to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s interrogation

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: The ‘transparent’ spy org. you’ve never heard of

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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a little-known organization under the Defense Department’s purview that provides geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) to the spy community. Now it is moving from providing maps to focusing on analysis. The NGA’s mission is to provide

US airstrikes against ISIS reportedly suffer from intelligence gaps

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U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are proceeding despite intelligence gaps that inhibit the Pentagon’s ability to determine their effectiveness, according to a published report. The Associated Press, citing current and former U.S. officials, reported Wednesday

Pentagon increasing surveillance to prevent another Snowden-style leak

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On the heels of two of the largest intelligence breaches in American history, the Pentagon reportedly plans to roll out new rules requiring military contractors to more stringently monitor the activities of employees who work with sensitive materials. Although the

27 Phrases Only Spies Will Understand

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People and regions all around the world have unique phrases and slang that only they would understand, and the intelligence community of spies, analysts, and cryptography specialists is no different. For people working in the shadows of the intelligence community, “illegal”

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We are currently working on a new supplement about intelligence and espionage.  We are searching for people who really know their way around intelligence subjects, who are passionate and have a talent for writing;  these could be freelancers or journalists, better if

The Cost of Surveillance

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American foreign policy has long been an exercise of divided labor. For more than fifty years, we have parceled out responsibility for guiding America’s path in the world among the Departments of State and Defense, the CIA, the NSA, and

Congress Decides This Week Whether to Shut the NSA Backdoor: Here’s How You Can Help

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The NSA may seem like an intimidating giant, but it has a serious Achilles’ heel— the enormous budget it claims from taxpayer dollars every year. While change to the actual words of the laws that govern NSA surveillance seems to be

NSA Fires Back at Snowden and Claims His Email Didn’t Raise “Concerns About Wrongdoing”

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Update, Thursday, 2:25 EDT: The NSA has released the email it received from Edward Snowden on April 5, 2013. In the email, Snowden posed questions regarding a training session. He asked whether presidential executive orders supersede federal laws. He also asked

Pentagon report: scope of intelligence compromised by Snowden ‘staggering’

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A top-secret Pentagon report to assess the damage to national security from the leak of classified National Security Agency documents by Edward Snowden concluded that “the scope of the compromised knowledge related to US intelligence capabilities is staggering”. The Guardian

CIA made doctors torture suspected terrorists after 9/11, taskforce finds

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Doctors and psychologists working for the US military violated the ethical codes of their profession under instruction from the defence department and the CIA to become involved in the torture and degrading treatment of suspected terrorists, an investigation has concluded.

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Bradley Edward Manning (born December 17, 1987) is a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the website WikiLeaks. He was ultimately charged with 22 offenses, including

DIA sending hundreds more spies overseas

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The Pentagon will send hundreds of additional spies overseas as part of an ambitious plan to assemble an espionage network that rivals the CIA in size, U.S. officials said. The project is aimed at transforming the Defense Intelligence Agency, which

REVIEW: KEEPING THE EDGE. Managing Defense for the Future

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By Ashton B. Carler and John P. White, eds., MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001, 326 pages, $24.95. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future is a collection of essays published by the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration

CIA “overlooked” Osama bin Laden movie documents

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The Central Intelligence Agency says it "inadvertently overlooked" documents related to its assistance to filmmakers creating a movie about the Osama bin Laden raid and failed to hand them over as part of a lawsuit against the CIA and the