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Gina Haspel Admits She Was An Advocate For Destroying CIA Torture Tapes

    Gina Haspel Admits She Was An Advocate For Destroying CIA Torture Tapes

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee for CIA director, acknowledged during her confirmation hearing that she was a staunch advocate for the destruction of CIA torture videotapes in 2005. Ninety-two tapes of the interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were destroyed. Jose Rodriguez, who was the director of the CIA’s clandestine service, wrote…

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As Trump Blows Up Iran Nuclear Deal, CIA-Funded Palantir Remains Key to IAEA Inspections

    As Trump Blows Up Iran Nuclear Deal, CIA-Funded Palantir Remains Key to IAEA Inspections

WASHINGTON — As the White House officially dropped the ax on its participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the landmark multilateral nuclear accord with Iran, instead opting for a policy of extreme hostility, reports have indicated that CIA-funded analytics company Palantir Technologies Inc. plays a pivotal role providing intelligence on the country’s…

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Tensions Mount as White House Prepares for Nomination of Torture Authority Gina Haspel

    Tensions Mount as White House Prepares for Nomination of Torture Authority Gina Haspel

Gina Haspel, current Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and nominee to lead the agency, is facing a wave of resistance from civil liberties advocates, Senators, and physicians who say her connection to past torture programs make her unfit to head the CIA. Haspel was involved in CIA “black site” prisons in Thailand and other foreign…

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Donald Trump Asks Why CIA Did Not Massacre Family of Militant With Drone

    Donald Trump Asks Why CIA Did Not Massacre Family of Militant With Drone

Greg Jaffe at the Washington Post reports that Trump has reversed an Obama-era push to get the Central Intelligence Agency out of the business of assassinating people with drone strikes (Obama had tried to shift most such operations to the Department of Defense). In the course of reviewing video of a drone strike, Trump noticed that…

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The State Department’s Future Under CIA Leadership

  The State Department’s Future Under CIA Leadership

I wonder how Rex Tillerson feels about being the first high-level federal official to be fired publically and online, in one brutal tweet. I’m sure he expected the hammer to come down on him, but not like that. And I wonder if he will come forward to describe what led up to it. Unlikely, as…

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Trump Axes Tillerson Over Iran Deal – Replaces Him With CIA Chief Pompeo

  Trump Axes Tillerson Over Iran Deal – Replaces Him With CIA Chief Pompeo

Back in December, we asked, “Will CIA Director Mike Pompeo Replace Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State?” The answer, as of moments ago, is yes. Moments ago, the WaPo first reported, and then President Trump tweeted, that he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, launching a…

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My First Day as CIA Director

  My First Day as CIA Director

Opinion — Now that I have been nominated again – this time by author Paul Craig Roberts – to be CIA director, I am preparing to hit the ground running. This time around, on the off-chance I do get the nod, I have taken the time to prepare the agenda for my first few days as CIA…

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How Did al Qaeda In Syria End Up With Anti-Aircraft Missiles?

  How Did al Qaeda In Syria End Up With Anti-Aircraft Missiles?

After the terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a rebrand of Jabhat al-Nusra, which is the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate, claimed responsibility for the dramatic downing of a Russian Su-25 fighter jet over Idlib in northwest Syria on Saturday – the first Russian plane downed in Syria since 2015 – a number of analysts have published articles asking the obvious million…

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America, the Kurds, and History: Only a Pawn in Their Game

  America, the Kurds, and History: Only a Pawn in Their Game

The only thing that has ever been faithful to the Kurds is history: it has faithfully, without fail, betrayed them. The Kurds have been cast in the role of the pawn in powerful countries’ games of chess. They do much of the hard work only to be sacrificed when checkmate is in sight. Most recently,…

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Trump’s Drone Kill Rate 80 Times Greater than Under Bush

  Trump’s Drone Kill Rate 80 Times Greater than Under Bush

During the 2016 election, Donald Trump – quite successfully – managed to convince a sizable portion of the electorate that he would take a much more anti-interventionist stance, in terms of U.S. military entanglements abroad, than would his contender Hillary Clinton. Yet, throughout his first year as president, such differences have been few and far between.…

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