Tag: George W. Bush

US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Patriot Act surveillance law about to expire, the Obama administration is unveiling a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans‘ calls and emails. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence

12 Things to Keep in Mind When You Read the Torture Report

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The Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report will be released “in a matter of days,” a committee staffer tells The Intercept. The report, a review of brutal CIA interrogation methods during the presidency of George W. Bush, has been the subject

Justice for Edward Snowden

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It is time for President Obama to offer clemency to Edward Snowden, the courageous U.S. citizen who revealed the Orwellian reach of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance of Americans. His actions may have broken the law, but his act,

Intelligence Pros Can’t Understand U.S. Policy on Ukraine

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Philip Giraldi finds U.S. policy on Ukraine close to “incomprehensible”. Not only that he writes “I know of no former or current intelligence official who believes that the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe was a good idea, that toppling

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

Despite billions spent on intelligence, we know very little

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WASHINGTON, September 1, 2014 – The U.S. spends billions on intelligence, yet we always seem to be surprised by events in the world. George W. Bush told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and CIA Director George Tenet

Torture report will spark violence in Mideast: CIA

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The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) warns that public disclosure of a Senate report on the agency’s torture methods will trigger violent street protests in the Middle East, endangering US embassies and personnel. “The Mideast is a tinderbox right now and

Who Can Respect a System That Helps the CIA to Behave This Way?

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If a Senate or CIA employee decides to leak an unredacted copy of the 6,000-page report on the brutal torture of numerous human beings under President George W. Bush, there will be dismay among many national-security officials, D.C. think-tank employees,

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.

It’s Time to Talk Intelligence Failures

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Behind the shock of the lightning capture of Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq, discussion in the United States has focused both on who is responsible and what the insurgents’ victory means for Iraq

CIA accused of spying on U.S. Senate intelligence committee

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(Reuters) – A bitter dispute between the CIA and the U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when the committee chairwoman accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law. Veteran Democratic

Ex- CIA Chief: Why We Keep Getting Putin Wrong

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The last time Russian troops invaded one of its neighbors, the U.S. intelligence community was also caught off guard. The year was 2008 and the country was Georgia instead of the Ukraine. And just as in 2014, back then there

Europe Rights Court Hearing on Secret CIA Prisons

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Europe's human rights court shone a rare public light Tuesday on the secret network of European prisons that the CIA used to interrogate terror suspects, reviving memories and questions about the "extraordinary renditions" that angered many on this continent. At

Hackers dump details on new Secret Service director

Just one week after President Obama appointed Julia Pierson as the first female Secret Service director in the agency’s 148-year history, a group of hackers claims to have leaked her personal information. Pierson was among the names listed by hackers

More Iran lies exposed by WikiLeaks, honest intelligence

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Former US National Intelligence Council chairperson Thomas Fingar received the 2013 Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence on January 23 for his role overseeing the 2007 US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran. The NIE finding’s that all 16

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

Richard Clarke: China has hacked every major US company

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Richard Clarke, a former cybersecurity and cyberterrorism advisor for the White House, was a U.S. government employee for 30 years: between 1973 and 2003. He worked during the times of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and even George