Category Archives: CIA

10 things we now know about the operation that got bin Laden

As the White House grapples with whether to release grizzly photographic evidence of the al-Qaida leader’s demise, we’re learning more information about the Obama administration’s plan to get bin Laden, and how the mission went down.

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Dick Cheney gave an entire speech, and forgot to apologize for outing a CIA agent

So…the Obama v. Cheney distant family feud / national security showdown is over, and Dick Cheney, who was engaged in a protracted struggle with the CIA every day of his shadow presidency, up to and including inducing his chief of … Continue reading

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Liz Cheney: one nasty piece of work…

Did you catch Liz Cheney’s act on Stephanopoulos on Sunday? Sorry to be slow on the uptake, but my Tivo failed and I just caught it last night. Watch if for yourself here and here. Spoiler alert: the Cheney apple … Continue reading

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As Bush stays silent, the evidence against Dick Cheney mounts

I’ve often wondered, is George W. Bush really as dumb as he seems, or could he, behind the scenes, have figured out — eventually — that his vice president had hijacked his presidency. Assuming for the moment that he did … Continue reading

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Operation: Get Pelosi

Is it just me who is disturbed by “intelligence officials” who may or may not be partisan Republicans, or persons otherwise interested in forestalling a full investigation of torture during the Bush administration, leaking memos that are intended to implicate … Continue reading

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Torture: when Americans do it, it’s not illegal

That would seem to be the last remaining justification for the use of torture by our CIA. A New York Times story this morning reveals that the torture tactics were adopted without even a cursory examination of the history of … Continue reading

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President Obama is still wrong on torture

The reiterations of the Obama policy on the Sunday shows this morning do not convince. On this one, the administration is dead wrong. Well, let me back up a bit. I suppose I can understand the practical reasons for granting … Continue reading

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For the prosecution: the torture interviews

From the New York Review of books comes a chilling account of U.S. torture of terror suspects, gleaned from interviews with the arbiter of whether or not war crimes have taken place in a given conflict: the International Committee of … Continue reading

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CIA station chief in Algeria accused of rape

And there are tapes. ABC has the exclusive: The CIA’s station chief at its sensitive post in Algeria is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly raping at least two Muslim women who claim he laced their drinks … Continue reading

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Obama remembers the first rule of living with women

He apologizes to Diane Feinstein for surprising her with his CIA pick. “I have been contacted by both President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, and they have explained to me the reasons why they believe Leon Panetta is the best … Continue reading

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