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March 1, 1994
Now we know why NASA has never been able to relocate the lost Mars space probe. They hired the CIA to look for it. BOB MILLS Studio City
April 16, 2014
Re "Declassify, debate, move on," Opinion, April 11 Jeffrey H. Smith, a former CIA general counsel, predictably thinks that agency officers who conducted waterboarding and other acts of torture should not be prosecuted for "activities that were properly authorized and executed. " Those in the Bush administration and the CIA who authorized and carried out torture and other illegal acts should not hide behind dubious "legal" opinions written by people who knew or should have known the actions were illegal under U.S. and international law. Yes, declassify all, not just part, of the Senate's report on the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation programs.
September 30, 2013 |
It's nearly two months after America's “second 9/11,” a horrific bombing at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va., that left 219 people dead and sparked a global manhunt for the person believed responsible. That's the setup for “Tinman is Down,” the Season 3 premiere of Showtime's “Homeland” series starring Claire Danes, winner of two consecutive Emmy Awards for her portrayal of bipolar CIA case officer Carrie Mathison. In last season's finale, Carrie bid farewell at the Canadian border to her lover, Marine Sgt.-turned-Congressman Nick Brody (Damian Lewis)
March 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Thursday to confirm John Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, ending weeks of delay as lawmakers sought access to secret Obama administration documents about the targeted killing of militants overseas and the Sept. 11 attacks last year that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. The 63 to 34 vote came a day after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) launched a rare and dramatic form of filibuster - talking for nearly 13 hours Wednesday on the Senate floor - to express concerns that the Obama administration had not categorically ruled out authority to use a drone to target an American on U.S. soil.
May 2, 2013 |
In a time when the whetted and arbitrary deficit-reduction knife is cutting bone out of critical U.S. government programs, the image of shopping bags stuffed with CIA cash handed off on a monthly basis to Afghan President Hamid Karzai - who reigns over one of the most corrupt governments on the planet - has outraged many Americans. The New York Times, which revealed the years of payoffs this week, noted that "there is little evidence the payments bought the influence the CIA sought.
July 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For the Central Intelligence Agency, he was a catch: an American citizen who had grown up overseas, was fluent in Mandarin and had a master's degree in his field. He was working in Silicon Valley, but after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he wanted to serve his country. The analyst, who declined to be named to shield his association with the CIA, was hired in 2005 into the agency's Directorate of Intelligence, where he was assigned to dig into Chinese politics.