Tag Archives: CIA

VIDEO: The Edward Snowden Interview the U.S. Media Didn’t Want You to Watch

by truthdig

It’s gone largely unnoticed that the first interview Edward Snowden gave a media outlet after he leaked National Security Agency documents—conducted by German broadcaster ARD—was blocked by American media outlets and YouTube. Continue reading

Government Ends Threat to Jail James Risen but Danger to Journalists and Whistleblowers Remains

by Joan Brunwasser,  OpEdNews

For seven years now, the Justice Department has served the Bush and Obama administrations with a series of subpoenas insisting that Risen do what he wisely refuses to do, which is to provide testimony on whether the former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was a source for a chapter in Risen’s 2006 book State of War. Continue reading

Poll Finds Americans Overwhelmingly Support ‘Torture’

Derek Hunter,  The Daily Caller

Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein had hoped the release of the Democratic Party’s “torture report” would turn the American people against the enhanced interrogation techniques used to extract information from known terrorists like 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammad. It didn’t. Continue reading

With Confirmation of CIA Spying on Senate, It Is Time for Serious Oversight

by John Nichols,  The Nation

With due respect to congressional Republicans who want to hold President Obama to account for supposedly exceeding his executive authority, and to congressional Democrats who want to hold House Republicans to account for failing to live up to their legislative responsibilities, members of both parties should be focusing now on the question of how to hold the Central Intelligence Agency to account.  Continue reading

Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, The New Oil Wars in Iraq

Michael Schwartz,  TomDispatch

Imagine the president, speaking on Iraq from the White House Press Briefing Room last Thursday, as the proverbial deer in the headlights — and it’s not difficult to guess just what those headlights were. Continue reading

Make No Mistake, Risen Case Is a Direct Attack on the Press

Trevor Timm,  Democratic Underground

The Supreme Court today rejected New York Times reporter James Risen’s appeal of a 4th Circuit decision that ruled the government can compel him to reveal his source under oath. Continue reading

Revealed: Senate report contains new details on CIA black sites

Cell and shower at camp Echo

Cell and shower at Camp Echo

A Senate Intelligence Committee report provides the first official confirmation that the CIA secretly operated a black site prison out of Guantánamo Bay, two U.S. officials who have read portions of the report have told Al Jazeera.

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Freedom for Me, but Not for Thee

senate  Judge Andrew P. Napolitano,  JWR

Initially, I was gratified to learn that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was unafraid to take on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) over the issue of domestic spying.

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White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe, despite vows of help


Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor,  McClatchy DC

The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a claim of executive privilege.

In contrast to public assertions that it supports the committee’s work, the White House has ignored or rejected offers in multiple meetings and in letters to find ways for the committee to review the records, a McClatchy investigation has found.

The significance of the materials couldn’t be learned. But the administration’s refusal to turn them over or to agree to any compromise raises questions about what they would reveal about the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists in secret overseas prisons.

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CIA lawyer at center of computer snooping clash

lawyers1AP Staff Writer,  The Washington Examiner

The top CIA lawyer accused by the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee of trying to intimidate the panel over its investigation into secret prisons and brutal interrogations of terrorism suspects was himself involved in the controversial programs, cited more than 1,600 times in the Senate’s unpublished investigative report, according to the panel’s chairwoman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

On Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that CIA acting general counsel Robert Eatinger also was one of two senior spy agency officials who informed administration lawyers earlier this year about plans to file a criminal complaint against Senate Intelligence Committee staffers. The CIA suspects the aides improperly gained access to a classified CIA report on the George W. Bush-era secret prisons and harsh interrogations overseen by the spy agency. Carney said CIA Director John Brennan also notified the White House about the decision.

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