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Former NSA director: Charlie Hebdo attack was ‘kind of inevitable’

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The former NSA director general Michael Hayden said the Charlie Hebdo attack was “kind of inevitable” on Tuesday, and compared Islamist extremism to Ebola. “The fact of the matter is there’s a plague and people are going to get Ebola,”

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

Germany can’t crack ‘CIA double agent’ laptop

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Der Spiegel reports that Attorney General Harald Range gave the German Parliament’s NSA investigation committee the bad news last week. Security experts from the Criminal Police (BKA) and secret services are trying to find out whether the intelligence officer at the

Bruce Schneier: The US Intelligence Community has a Third Leaker

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Ever since The Intercept published this story about the US government’s Terrorist Screening Database, the press has been writing about a “second leaker”: The Intercept article focuses on the growth in U.S. government databases of known or suspected terrorist names

U.K. spy chiefs pulled out of the shadows

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The heads of Britain's three most powerful spy agencies will answer questions from U.K. lawmakers Thursday for the first time ever in view of the public. Sir Iain Lobban, head of the NSA-equivalent GCHQ, MI5's Andrew Parker and MI6's Sir

Obama meets with his intelligence review panel

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President Obama met for the first time on Tuesday with a panel he promised would review the U.S. intelligence community's collection of telephone and Internet data, according to the White House. Obama announced earlier this month that he would convene

CIA closes office that declassifies historical materials

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WASHINGTON — The budget ax has fallen on a CIA office that focused on declassifying historical materials, a move scholars say will mean fewer public disclosures about long-buried intelligence secrets and scandals. The Historical Collections Division, which has declassified documents

CIA ‘admits’ to having file on Chomsky, might have destroyed it

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After years of denials, the Central Intelligence Agency has revealed that it did keep a file on Noam Chomsky, an eminent American linguist and anti-war academic, in the 1970s. But the files may have illegally been destroyed, report American media.

Interview with NSA expert James Bamford

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No one, it can be argued, knows more about the history of the National Security Agency than James Bamford. The investigative journalist, who served in the Navy and attended law school in his native Boston, has the distinction of having

Ex-CIA Analyst Expects North Korea to Attack South Korea Before Tensions End

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Unless North Korea wants to be annihilated, its leadership has to find a way to climb down from its current wave of provocative rhetoric. But one of the CIA’s former top Pyongyang analysts thinks dictator Kim Jong-un will order a

REVIEW: The Secret State. Whitehall and the Cold War.

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The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War By Peter Hennessy. London, UK: Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 2002. 234 pages, endnotes, photos, index Just as anyone who lived through Edward Heath's three-day week can be identified by their tendency

REVIEW: Paradoxes of Strategic Intelligence. Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel.

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By Richard K. Betts and Thomas G. Mahnken, eds.  London, UK: Frank Cass, 2003. 210 pages, end-of-chapter notes, index. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This volume will come as no surprise to those who knew the late Michael Handel, technically a political scientist but

REVIEW: Cryptography and Network Security: Principles and Practice. 2nd edition

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by William Stallings. Prentice Hall. 1999. 569 pages. Appendix, glossary, bibliography, index. $73.00 ISBN 0-13-869017-0 LoC TK5105.59.S713 reviewed by Bob Bruen —————————————————————————————————————————————————————– This textbook is a second edition of Network and Internetwork Security: Principles and Practice (1995) which was reviewed

Hackers could shut down train lines: expert

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Hackers who have shut down websites by overwhelming them with Web traffic could use the same approach to shut down the computers that control train switching systems, a security expert said at a hacking conference in Berlin.