Tag: CIA
The National Security Agency Collects and Stores Everyone’s Email, Indefinitely

William Binney, a mathematician who worked for the NSA for 32 years as a cryptographer, goes on the record to detail that the FBI’s going through General Petraeus’s email is no particular exception: all electronic communications of all Americans are under constant surveillance and are permanently stored so security agencies can look through them…
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Obama Beneficiaries Are Top Obama Campaign Donors

This “no surprise here” story in the San Francisco Chronicle shows that Silicon Valley, broadly defined as four Bay Area counties, has now surpassed New York City as the top source for Obama campaign contributions, providing a staggering $14,703,167 to his current reelection campaign, as against New York City’s “mere” $14,529,760. If we, as…
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Flying the Fascist Skies

Boy, I miss the days when the future depicted in Terminator appeared ridiculously dystopian. The Washington Times reports: The legislation would order the FAA, before the end of the year, to expedite the process through which it authorizes the use of drones by federal, state and local police and other agencies. The FAA currently issues certificates, which…
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Weird Al Yankovic: “Party in the C.I.A.”

In the new hit album by pop-singer “Weird Al” Yankovic, Alpocalypse, he includes the song, “Party in the C.I.A.”, which is a parody of the hit song by Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A.”

Why This Gigantic “Intelligence” Apparatus? Follow the Money

The Washington Post published yesterday the first of three large reports by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin on the dimensions of the gigantic U.S. apparatus of “intelligence” activities being undertaken to combat terrorist acts against the United States, such as the 9/11 attacks. To say that this activity amounts to mobilizing every police officer in…
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Torture Renders Suspects Unfit for Trial

In a tragic piece of irony: When five defendants are brought before a New York federal judge to face charges for the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the first question may be whether some of them are competent to stand trial at all. Military lawyers for Ramzi Binalshibh, an accused organizer of the…
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Making the Extraordinary Ordinary

Obama loudly denounced Bush’s policy of “extraordinary renditioning,” whereby terror suspects were captured, transferred through secretive CIA sites, and delivered to foreign regimes — ones denounced by Bush et al. for their cruelty, like Syria and Egypt — where they were tortured. Maher Arar is among the highest-profile victims of this policy. A Canadian…
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Silverglate on Letting Torturers Off

Attorney Harvey Silverglate is unfortunately not a reliable source to defend the natural rights of the citizenry from the abuse of government agents. Like most “liberal” attorneys, Silverglate’s views are a mixed bag, even when his intent may be to defend habeas corpus. Incredibly enough, given his critique of the Cambridge, Mass., police in…
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The Bay of Pigs (Howard Jones)

My friend and colleague, Howard Jones, discusses his first-rate book, The Bay of Pigs in a first-rate interview with Scott Horton. He was in good company that day. Other guests on the show were the “other” Scott Horton from Harper’s Magazine and Juan Cole. Those of you who have not listened to Horton’s radio…
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Obama and Torture: “Chains We Can Believe In”

Check out cartoonist Mark Fiore’s hilarious, new animated video on Obama’s support for the U.S. government’s “state secrets,” rendition and torture program, “Chains We Can Believe In.” Under a rule of law, individuals are presumed innocent until convicted of harming others, and America was founded on the natural law principles that every person has…
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