CIA Intercepted Whistleblower Communications Related to Senate Investigation into Torture

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 10:05 am

The inspector general for the CIA obtained a “legally protected email and other unspecified communications” between whistleblower officials and lawmakers related to alleged whistleblower retaliation. The CIA inspector general allegedly failed to investigate claims of retaliation against an agency official for helping the Senate intelligence committee with the production of their report on torture, according [...]

European Court of Human Rights Holds Poland Responsible for Allowing CIA Torture & Rendition

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 5:03 pm

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Poland had violated the United Nations Convention Against Torture when it allowed the CIA to torture and abuse prisoners on its territory. It also ruled that the country had violated the Convention by allowing the CIA to transfer prisoners, even though they would likely be subject [...]

Parallel Construction: Unconstitutional NSA Searches Deny Due Process

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:04 am

The NSA sits at the nexus of violations of both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments with a legal dodge called Parallel Construction. Parallel Construction is a technique used by law enforcement to hide the fact that evidence in a criminal case originated with the NSA. In its simplest form, the NSA collects information showing say [...]

U.S. Spying on Germany: Breaking the Rules for What?

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 8:02 am

In the world of spying in general, and especially when you’re spying on allied nations, Rule No. 1 is “Don’t Get Caught.” Rule No. 2 is “Make Sure the Juice is Worth the Squeeze.” The U.S. broke both rules, several times, in Germany. For what?

CIA, Senate and a Constitutional Crisis Resolved (not in favor of the Constitution)

By: Friday July 11, 2014 10:39 am

Chroniclers of the decline of the republic will recall March 2014. Speaking then in reference to revelations that the CIA searched computers being used by Senate staffers, and removed documents those staffers received from the CIA detailing its post-9/11 torture program, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein said: I have grave concerns that the CIA’s [...]

Forbidden Book: Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam”

By: Monday July 7, 2014 11:52 pm

On June 10, Open Roads publishers announced a new “Forbidden Bookshelf” series. Curated by New York University Professor Mark Crispin Miller, “Forbidden Bookshelf” aims to “fill in the blanks of America’s repressed history by resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark.”

One of the first books published in the series is Douglas Valentine’s invaluable, in-depth history of one of America’s most egregious counterinsurgency, torture and assassination programs, as described in his 1990 book “The Phoenix Program: American’s Use of Terror in Vietnam.”

Even Former National Security Officials Who Served Under Bush Think Obama’s Drone Policy Too Radical

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 6:13 pm

A global security think tank in Washington, DC, has released a report on President Barack Obama’s drone policy. It raises several concerns about the erosion of “sovereignty norms, blowback and the potential for never-ending war and suggests the administration has fought what amounts to a “multi-year covert killing program.” But what is most remarkable is [...]

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Advocates for Prison Sentencing Reform in New ‘Letter from Loretto’

By: Monday June 23, 2014 11:34 am

Reflecting on mass incarceration in the United States, which he has experienced firsthand during his time in prison at the Federal Correctional Institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou advocates for prison sentencing reform in his latest letter from jail. Firedoglake has been publishing “Letters from Loretto” by Kiriakou, who was the first member [...]

Book Review – Surviving Evil: CIA Mind Control Experiments in Vermont

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 2:06 am

A new book by Karen Wetmore documents her recovery from trauma endured as a years-long involuntary experimental victim of the CIA’s MKULTRA program. It is a unique document and memoir of a modern hero.

Anonymous Pakistani Government Officials Suggest Drone Strikes to Intensify in Coming Days

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 11:01 am

There had not been a drone strike in Pakistan since December of last year. The pause was reportedly to make it easier for the Pakistani government to conduct peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban. But in a period of twenty-four hours two drone strikes were launched by the CIA, and the strikes are likely to [...]

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