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Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say

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WASHINGTON — Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to

Inside Obama’s drone panopticon: a secret machine with no accountability

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Of all the reactions to the deaths of two hostages from a missile fired from a US drone, Congressman Adam Schiff provided the deepest insight into the logic underpinning the endless, secret US campaign of global killing. “To demand a

Senate torture report: An exception in CIA oversight

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate report on the CIA’s post-Sept. 11 interrogations shows how a rigorous examination of a secret agency can expose misconduct, incompetence and bureaucratic spin, even to those who question the investigation’s assertion that torture did not

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

Feinstein, after release of CIA report, urges measures to ban ‘abusive’ interrogations

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The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said she will seek to make “abusive” interrogation measures illegal and ban the CIA from holding prisoners under a series of measures shaped by the findings of a report released last month

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

America needs to blow up its entire intelligence infrastructure and rebuild from scratch

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America ought to scrap the CIA. But that’s just a start. Because demolishing the CIA isn’t nearly enough to fix this country’s broken national security infrastructure. We need to tear down everything — the CIA, NSA, NRO, DIA, DHS, NGA,

The Apex of CIA Hypocrisy

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, a proponent of drone strikes and indefinite detention, complains that he and his colleagues were “never given the chance to mount a defense” of torture. Hayden was fielding questions about the Senate torture report during

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

CIA to Release Post-9/11 Torture Report From Senate Intelligence Committee

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A long-awaited report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on CIA interrogation tactics, including torture, in the years after the Sept. 11 attack is expected to be released Tuesday. The full report is estimated to be 6,000 pages long. A 600-page

Reforming the Intelligence Machine in an Era of Asymmetric Warfare

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There’s no doubt that we are now well into a time when wars are won and lost on intelligence efforts. In an era of budgetary constraints, low appetite for overt foreign intervention, and highly asymmetric insurgency — the likes of

The Decline of the CIA

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CIA director John Brennan is promoting a reorganization scheme at the Central Intelligence Agency that will make it more likely that intelligence analysis will be politicized to support the interests of the White House and senior policymakers.  The organizational change

Did The National Archives Give The CIA Permission To Destroy Evidence?

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WASHINGTON — In mid-January of this year, a small request was slipped quietly to the National Archives and Records Administration, the lord of the U.S. government’s record-keeping operations. One government agency’s method for storing documents was clogging up its system,

CIA Director John Brennan considering sweeping organizational changes

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CIA Director John Brennan is considering sweeping organizational changes that could include breaking up the separate spying and analysis divisions that have been in place for decades to create hybrid units focused on individual regions and threats to U.S. security,

Could relationship between CIA, military be at risk?

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During a time of budget cuts and political division, one military member cautioned the army and Central Intelligence Agency not to lose the progress they have made since 9/11. David Oakley, a former CIA officer and current military officer has

CIA refuses to make torture report readable, blames Senate for delay

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The Central Intelligence Agency is firing back at allegations that it is responsible for delaying the release of the Senate report on the controversial post-9/11 interrogation program, insisting that lawmakers themselves are to blame. While various Senators, including the Chair

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.

America Spends $68 Billion a Year on 17 Major Intelligence Agencies. So Why Do We Keep Getting Caught Off-Guard?

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What are the odds? You put about $68 billion annually into a maze of 17 major intelligence outfits. You build them glorious headquarters. You create a global surveillance state for the ages. You listen in on your citizenry and gather

Islamic State has MORE THAN 30,000 fighters, CIA claims

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Hundreds of Britons are believed to have gone to fight in the so-called caliphate, which was created when the extremist group- also known as ISIS and ISIL – seized vast swathes of Iraq and Syria. But the true extent of

CIA Privately Skeptical About New Syria Strategy, Sources Say

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WASHINGTON — At a recent closed-door congressional briefing on the administration’s new strategy to combat the Islamic State, a top CIA official left little doubt among those in the room about the agency’s attitude toward the project. The official’s muted