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Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern on the CIA’s History of Disseminating Faulty Intelligence

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and McGovern discuss the agency’s influence during the Vietnam War and the role it now plays in America’s perception of Russia. Transcript added.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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The CIA’s 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Joel Whitney, author of “Finks,” about how the spy agency turned literary figures into propagandists for militarism and imperial power. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Justice Department Turns to a Rarely Used Rule in Trying to Prevent CIA Testimony in Torture Lawsuit


The Trump administration invokes “the state secret privilege” to keep intelligence officials from revealing interrogation techniques.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 READ MORE

The Debate Over WikiLeaks and Privacy Rights


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange offers to use the latest leaks to help companies improve their cybersecurity, but critics argue that privacy is dead.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE

WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Documents on Alleged CIA Hacking Techniques


The whistleblowing organization says that the “Vault 7” leak details how the CIA uses sophisticated technology to hack into smartphones and computers.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 READ MORE

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Hypocrisy Behind the Frenzy Over Russia’s Role in the U.S. Election


What’s perhaps most telling about the information that the CIA has accused Russia of sharing with the American people is that it was all “real news” about newsworthy topics.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s National Security Choices Are Not the ‘A’ Team in Intelligence Circles


Progressives have no reason to be optimistic about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser or Rep. Michael Pompeo as CIA director.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE

A Look at Donald Trump’s Disturbing Foreign Policy Appointments

Potential additions to the president-elect’s administration represent a shift in foreign policy position, perhaps contradicting some of his campaign promises.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, in Prison and Fighting for His Life


The Obama administration has made an example of Jeffrey Sterling, the first whistleblower convicted under the Espionage Act. Now the former CIA agent is being denied proper medical care in the federal detention center where he is imprisoned after being sentenced to three years.

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 READ MORE

Independent Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin: ‘I Believe I Can Win’


McMullin, a former CIA officer and congressional policy director, explains his stance on same-sex marriage, foreign policy and the economy.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE

‘Finks’ Explores the Blurred Line Between Propaganda and Literature


The collaboration between the CIA and some of the world’s most acclaimed writers is investigated in this gripping new book.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE

The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone


Members of America’s spy agency don’t even learn the rules.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

Seymour Hersh Stands by His bin Laden Story, and His Sources


Of course the investigative reporter used anonymous sources in his exposé on the bin Laden raid. Only with anonymous sources can journalists get past the wall that the Obama administration has built by prosecuting whistleblowers.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE

Memo to the Media: Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden Story Isn’t About Seymour Hersh


How did the veteran journalist’s recent investigation into how the Obama administration might not have shot straight with its account of how Osama bin Laden met his end in 2011 turn into another tedious attempt to shoot the messenger by certain members of the U.S. media?

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Tries to Figure Out What Came First: Bush’s Knowledge of CIA Torture or His Denial

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who’s the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, revealed that the CIA lied to many people, including former President George W. Bush, about the heinous torture methods it employed. Until 2006, that is.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Tables Turned on Ex-Spy Boss; Eavesdropped Conversations Get Tweeted


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Former Moveon.org Washington, D.C., director Tom Matzzie live-Tweeted overheard (and ill-advised) “on background” phone conversations on a train between former spy chief Michael Hayden and reporters. And no, he hasn’t moved in with Edward Snowden for protection.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE

CIA Drone Strikes Targeted Rescuers, Report Says

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A Bureau of Investigative Journalism report published Thursday “appears to confirm” that the Central Intelligence Agency targeted rescuers at sites of previous drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan last year.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE

Christie Slams Congress, Krugman Debates Scarborough, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major development in the confirmation hearing of John Brennan and Jeb Bush flip-flops on immigration reform once more.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE

The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About


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The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens – a narrow issue that accounts for a miniscule proportion of the hundreds of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen in recent years.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE

Sanders Wants to End Corporate Tax Handouts, O’Reilly Makes Big Error, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including GOP infighting involving Karl Rove and the latest Republican-led assault on women’s rights.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE

Court: CIA Tortured Wrongly Detained Terror Suspect


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The European Court of Human Rights ruling is the first time the panel has deemed the CIA’s treatment of a suspected terrorist as torture.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE

How the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell Affair Was Uncovered


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It appears modern technology and a jealous lover cost the ex-CIA director his job.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE

The Congressional Push for Secrecy


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The U.S. Congress—one of the branches intended by America’s founders to balance the president’s power—is showing just as much and in some cases more interest in preserving a growing culture of secrecy as its executive counterpart, says Steven Aftergood, secrecy researcher at the Federation of American Scientists.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE

A Former CIA Operative Against Excessive Secrecy


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Human rights lawyer Scott Horton, on the Harper’s Magazine website, asks career CIA counterterrorism agent Henry Crumpton what America can do to balance the need for secrecy with the people’s right to know what their government is doing. Crumpton is author of the new book “The Art of Intelligence.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE

Would-Be Underwear Bomber Was CIA Double Agent


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The recently uncovered al-Qaida plot to take down a U.S.-bound airliner took a dramatic turn Tuesday: It turns out that the would-be bomber who was chosen to carry out the mission was actually an informant for the CIA.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE

Report: Al-Qaida Bomb Plot Against Jet Thwarted


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The CIA foiled an elaborate new underwear bomb plot by an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen that was intended to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE

The CIA Takes to Twitter and Facebook


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Is the CIA following your tweets? Or perhaps it “Likes” your latest thoughts while showering that you have posted on Facebook. These startling considerations may apply only if you’re overseas—or so the agency says.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE

Afghanistan and the Big Lie

Italian journalist Olivia Poli joined John R. MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine, for a stroll through New York City’s Washington Square Park, where they had an unusually candid conversation about the so-called drawdown of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. (more)

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

Petraeus Sworn In as Director of CIA


AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Gen. David Petraeus was sworn in Tuesday as director of the CIA, leaving behind a 37-year military career for the opportunity to lead the covert civilian war against al-Qaida.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE

American Nabbed in Pakistan Has CIA Ties


AP / K.M. Chaudary

Last month’s arrest in Pakistan of one Raymond Davis, an American working security for other U.S. operatives in Lahore—and an American with clear employment ties to the CIA and previously to Blackwater Worldwide—has made for additional diplomatic strain between the two nations.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE

Cheney’s CIA Cover-Up

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In a report that’s sure to surprise absolutely nobody, The New York Times revealed on Saturday that former Vice President Dick Cheney explicitly ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to keep a “counterterrorism program”—of an as-yet-unknown nature—secret from Congress. The program reportedly existed for eight years.

Posted on Jul 11, 2009 READ MORE

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