Tag: U.S. intelligence

Snowden Documents provide Undeniable Evidence of NSA-AT&T Collusion

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  On Saturday, The NYT published a story detailing the close collaboration between multinational telecommunications corporation AT&T and the NSA. According to documents provided by the former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden, AT&T maintained a “higly collaborative” relationship with

Senate Cybersecurity Bill Is ‘Surveillance By Another Name,’ Says Lone Senator Who Voted Against It

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All but one of the 15 members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted in favor of a cybersecurity bill Thursday. The measure would allow government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security to exchange information with private companies

CIA director announces sweeping reorganization of spy agency

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the CIA, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable and close espionage gaps amid widespread concerns about the spy agency’s limited insights into a series of

NSA Braced for New Leaks

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The National Security Agency, still reeling from massive leaks caused by Edward Snowden, is preparing to be hit with another major loss of secrets, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The leaks are expected to be published in the near future

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

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

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,

Two Americans freed by North Korea, returning home -U.S. officials

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WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – North Korea freed two American citizens from prison and they were returning to the United States on Saturday after the surprise involvement of the top-ranking U.S. intelligence official in their release. Kenneth Bae and Matthew

Brazil begins laying its own Internet cables to avoid U.S. surveillance

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There’s a new wrinkle in Brazil’s plan to build a $185 million undersea fiber-optic cable that would connect it to Portugal and help the country avoid surveillance by U.S. intelligence authorities, reports Bloomberg: The cable will be built without the help of any U.S.

MH17 investigators still awaiting U.S., Russian intelligence reports

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(Reuters) – Dutch prosecutors are still awaiting U.S. intelligence reports on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 but American laws on passing on such information to criminal investigations are complicating the process, the Dutch government said on Tuesday. The

FBI Identifies 2nd NSA Leaker

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The FBI has identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called “second leaker” who turned over sensitive documents about the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list to a journalist closely associated with ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden,

Ex-spy chief’s private firm ends deal with U.S. official

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(Reuters) – Former National Security Agency director Keith Alexander has ended a deal with a senior U.S. intelligence official allowing the official to work part-time for his firm, an arrangement current and former officials said risked a conflict of interest.

Iran’s Former Intel Minister: Mossad, MI6, And CIA Created Islamic State

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A former Iranian minister of intelligence, Heydar Moslehi, has added his voice to the growing number of hard-line critics of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group (IS) in Syria and Iraq. In an interview with Fars News,

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

U.S. intelligence agencies remain uncertain about danger posed by Islamic State

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Hours before President Obama announced a new U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State, one of his top counter­terrorism officials testified to Congress that the al-Qaeda offshoot had an estimated 10,000 fighters. The next day a new assessment arrived from

CIA director: ISIS engaged in “active external plotting”

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There is no “credible evidence” that militants within the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) are plotting strikes against the United States to coincide with the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, CIA Director

Did Obama Waste the Bin Laden Intelligence Trove?

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In the latest issue of The Weekly Standard, Steve Hayes has an important piece looking at what happened to the reams of intelligence acquired in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The intelligence included “10 hard drives, nearly

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