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Bin Laden killed by American forces, Obama says

By | 05.02.11 | 12:02 am

President Barack Obama has announced the death of Osama bin Laden, killed in Pakistan during a CIA/Navy Seals operation.

The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced late Sunday that Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed in a firefight


Mixed reactions for Panetta-Petraeus Defense-CIA announcements

By | 04.27.11 | 2:08 pm

The release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate has overshadowed another major story coming out of the administration today. Multiple sources within the Pentagon have told the AP and reporters from other publications that President Obama intends to nominate current CIA director Leon Panetta to fill the position More…

Defense Dept. answers ACLU, says it doesn’t track civilians killed in drone strikes

By | 03.24.11 | 3:10 pm

This week, the American Civil Liberties Union released a letter it received from the Department of Defense confirming that it does not compile statistics on the total number of civilians that have been killed by U.S. unmanned drone aircrafts since September 2001.

Responding to the ACLU’s Freedom of Information More…

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Undeterred by Government Reversal, Communities Keep Up Fight to Opt Out of Immigration Program

By | 10.08.10 | 6:00 am

Until last week, local officials in Arlington, Va., Santa Clara, Calif., San Francisco and Washington, D.C., thought they’d have no trouble opting out of the Secure Communities program, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement initiative that runs fingerprints collected by local police through federal immigration databases. After all, Secretary of Homeland More…

CIA Indictments: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

By | 06.18.10 | 12:45 pm

Ryan Reilly reports:

Assistant United States Attorney John Durham is close to completing a preliminary review of whether there is evidence that CIA agents violated the law when they used brutal methods to interrogate terror detainees, Attorney General Eric Holder said in speech Thursday night.

Holder, speaking in a question and answer session


New Report Accuses CIA Doctors of Experimenting on Detainees

By | 06.07.10 | 8:51 am

Physicians for Human Rights, an anti-torture non-governmental association, synthesizes a bunch of publicly available information to draw a gruesome conclusion: Medical personnel who participated in the Bush administration’s “enhanced interrogations” for terrorism detainees are guilty of “complicity in intentionally harmful interrogation practices [that] were not only apparently intended to enable More…

Senate Intel Committee: No Clapper; Yea Panetta

By | 05.25.10 | 3:38 pm

In a statement she put out yesterday afternoon, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sure sounded like she didn’t want defense intelligence chief James Clapper to take over for the departing Dennis Blair as the next director of national intelligence. (“It will More…

Don’t Hold Your Next Academic Conference in Egypt or Pakistan

By | 05.25.10 | 9:32 am

Mark Mazzetti has a blockbuster piece in today’s New York Times about a secret order issued by Gen. David Petraeus last fall, with the aid of Adm. Eric Olson, that authorizes Special Operations Forces in the Middle East and South Asia to “fill intelligence gaps about terror organizations and other More…

The Post-Blair Intelligence World

By | 05.21.10 | 11:37 am

Today Next Friday is Dennis Blair’s last day in the office as Director of National Intelligence. His farewell message to the intelligence community workforce is admirably chipper, calling them “true heroes, just like the members of the Armed Forces, firefighters, and police whose job it is to keep our nation safe.” More…

Intel Chief Issues Tepid Reaction to Senate’s Abdulmutallab Report

By | 05.18.10 | 7:27 pm

It’s so dry it borders on passive-aggressive. “Immediately following the attempted attack, Director Blair initiated reviews to identify [intelligence community]-wide shortcomings and potential solutions,” reads a statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, responding to this afternoon’s declassified Senate report on systemic intelligence failures More…