Tag: United Nations

Doubt cast over US torture investigation as more CIA detainees come forward

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More lawyers for men allegedly tortured by the CIA are coming forward to say that the major US criminal investigation into torture never interviewed their clients. The Justice Department inquiry, concluded in 2012 without charging anyone involved in the CIA’s

Libyan former CIA detainees say US torture inquiry never interviewed them

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As the US government prepares to defend its record on torture before a United Nations panel, five Libyan men once held without charge by the CIA say the main criminal investigation into allegations of detainee abuse never even interviewed them.

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.

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,

INSIDE THE COMPANY: CIA DIARY

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“The book will affect the CIA as a severe body blow does any living organism: some parts obviously will be affected more than others, but the health of the whole is bound to suffer. A considerable number of CIA personnel

German intelligence reportedly spied on Kerry, Clinton

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Germany’s foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, according to a report Saturday in the German magazine Der Spiegel.  If true, the revelations would be embarrassing for the German

NSA Has ‘Far-Reaching’ Partnership With Israeli Intelligence Agency

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Documents published Monday by The Intercept revealed the “far-reaching” extent of the U.S. National Security Agency’s collaboration with Israeli intelligence services. The revelations came as the U.S. State Department criticized Israel for its “disgraceful” shelling of a U.N. school, and

NSA spies on OSCE HQ in Vienna – report

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Among the many targets for the UN National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is the Vienna-based headquarters of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Austrian media reported. The OSCE is mentioned among the targets for NSA in the

EU pushes for less US control of the internet amid outrage over NSA spying

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The EU is challenging US control of the internet today with fresh proposals aimed at decentralizing authority. While there have been concerns over US control for years, today’s proposals follow widespread shock over the US surveillance activities of the NSA. The

NSA spied on Germany’s Schroeder over Iraq War opposition – report

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The US eavesdropped on former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder over his staunch criticism of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, says a new report by German journalists. Schroeder was added to the NSA espionage targets list as number 388 by

Snowden Docs: U.S. Spied on Negotiators At 2009 Climate Summit

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WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency monitored the communications of other governments ahead of and during the 2009 United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to the latest document from whistleblower Edward Snowden. The document, with portions marked "top

Snowden offers to help Brazil investigate NSA spying when he’s given asylum

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden has pledged to help Brazil investigate the NSA’s spying activities. Snowden said he had been asked by Brazilian senators for information on “suspected crimes against Brazilian citizens.” In an open letter published by Brazilian paper Folha de

United Nations counterterrorism official launches investigation into NSA surveillance

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The United Nations senior counterterrorism official is launching an investigation into the surveillance activities of both the United States' and the United Kingdom's intelligence agencies. UN special rapporteur Ben Emmerson said that he would be initiating an investigation into both

Germany, Brazil Turn to U.N. to Restrain American Spies

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Brazil and Germany today joined forces to press for the adoption of a U.N. General Resolution that promotes the right of privacy on the internet, marking the first major international effort to restrain the National Security Agency's intrusions into the

NSA spied on Indian embassy and UN mission, Edward Snowden files reveal

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The US National Security Agency may have accessed computers within the Indian embassy in Washington and mission at the United Nations in New York as part of a huge clandestine effort to mine electronic data held by its south Asian

Brazil’s president condemns NSA spying

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UNITED NATIONS — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday delivered a stinging rebuke of electronic espionage by the National Security Agency, telling a gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly that American eavesdropping constitutes “a breach of international

Brazil may reject US fighter jet deal over NSA spying scandal

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Brazilian officials have expressed reluctance to purchasing dozens of military planes from the US after it was revealed that the NSA not only closely monitored Brazilian energy and military affairs, but also mined for commercial secrets. The US had planned

Mercosur Countries Denounce U.S. Espionage

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Foreign ministers from the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), a South American trading block, expressed concern over alleged US spying activities on them. "We are here mandated by our heads of state who met in Monte Video at the Mercosur summit

Boston Bombers: Role of CIA in Chechen Terror

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The narrative now emerging in the Boston Marathon bombing is that the perpetrators are from Chechnya or a nearby region and the attacks are a product of Islamic terrorism. “The Chechen jihadi network is very extensive,” the neocon Walid Phares

NATO Researchers: Stuxnet Attack on Iran Was Illegal ‘Act of Force’

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A cyberattack that sabotaged Iran’s uranium enrichment program was an “act of force” and was likely illegal, according to research commissioned by NATO’s cyberwarfare center. “Acts that kill or injure persons or destroy or damage objects are unambiguously uses of