October 21, 2013 |
In a major plot twist, the “Game On” episode of Showtime's “Homeland” reveals that case officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is working undercover to expose the key terrorist behind the CIA headquarters bombing. For the elaborate ruse to succeed, CIA Acting Director Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) scapegoats Carrie before a hostile Senate committee, confines her to a psychiatric ward, freezes her bank account, invalidates her passport, adds her to the No-Fly List and puts her home under surveillance.
October 13, 2013
Re "Syria could be haven for radicals," Oct. 8 That Syria might become an Islamist stronghold, especially if President Bashar Assad falls - which our geniuses in Washington are now worried about - is no news to this layman. We saw this in Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq. Washington continues to back the rebels in Syria with blind affirmation of their democratic goals, which are none. Anyone with a brain can see what will happen to Syria if Assad falls. Each and every one of these outposts of civilization need strongman leaders, ruthless as they might be, or else these countries turn into bad news for the West.
October 7, 2013 |
The Obama administration's decision to mount two risky attempts to capture Al Qaeda operatives in Africa reflects a reduced role for lethal CIA drone strikes and a growing prominence for the Pentagon in counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials said Sunday. In one raid, Navy SEALs stormed the coastal Somalia home of a leader of the Shabab, the Somali-based group that claimed responsibility for last month's massacre in a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. In that operation, the administration opted to put U.S. commandos at risk against a fixed target that could have been destroyed with bombs or missiles from the air. U.S. intelligence had indications that a dozen or more family members and other noncombatants were present at the compound, raising the risk of civilian casualties in any missile strike, according to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity in discussing the classified operation.
October 7, 2013 |
Off her meds and off to reveal the truth about the deadly bombing at CIA headquarters, bipolar case officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) finds herself isolated and institutionalized in Episode 302 ("Uh... Oh... Ah... ") of Showtime's "Homeland. " Scapegoated in a CIA misinformation campaign, Carrie is determined to clear her name and save the life of Nick Brody (Damian Lewis), the target of a global manhunt after the Langley explosion. "I'm under attack," Carrie exclaims to a skeptical newspaper reporter (Fiona Choi)
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October 2, 2013 |
In 1980, Tom Clancy was making a decent living as an insurance agent. But underwriting fire, casualty and car policies wasn't the stuff of his dreams. In his spare time he began to plot a novel - about an ex-Marine who worked for the CIA and a Soviet submarine commander who wanted to defect. What happened next was the beginning of an American success story that far exceeded his expectations. "I just wanted to be in the Library of Congress catalog," Clancy once said. But his debut novel, "The Hunt for Red October," launched one of the most lucrative publishing franchises in history and turned its author into a household name.
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)