Reading Time: 16 minutes Ex-CIA officer Frank Snepp recalls the forgotten past of ex-CIA officer Bill Barr — and what Barr did that was so controversial the first time he was attorney general, nearly three decades ago.
Reading Time: 4 minutes A quaint tale of manipulators being manipulated.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Russ Baker takes a tour through the KGB Museum of grotesque and quaint spy tools, located in the heart of New York City, of all places.
Reading Time: 3 minutes It is extraordinarily rare for major news outlets to delve into an issue they are usually quick to dismiss as a “conspiracy theory.” But the ‘Washington Post’ went there.
Reading Time: 21 minutes EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Kaye exposes a second rendition and interrogation program, and argues that one of them amounted to human experimentation.
Reading Time: 20 minutes Shane O’Sullivan draws on newly released records to talk about the many gaps in the story of Watergate.
Reading Time: 20 minutes Is the CIA friend or foe? An excerpt from Douglas Valentine’s recent book helps illuminate an agency that operates in the shadows.
Reading Time: 4 minutes If you have secrets — whether they are deep and dark, or downright tacky — then you may be surprised, entertained, and comforted by this collection of insights from people who, if still living, have a lot to hide themselves.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Anyone who thinks people just brave the border hazards for the heck of it pays no attention to historical causation — in particular the role the US has played over the decades propping up right-wing dictators throughout South and Central America.
Reading Time: 3 minutes A recently released CIA report from 1956 shows the agency once condemned the torture techniques of communist regimes as immoral. But the agency would later end up using many of those same methods — and worse — in the War on Terror.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Recently released CIA documents show the agency was aware that detainees subjected to its “enhanced interrogation” would say anything — especially what their torturers wanted to hear — to get the torture to stop. Maybe that was the whole point?
Reading Time: 4 minutes Baseball’s Fay Vincent defends CIA lying to “protect our boys.” But what is really being protected are the private interests, the deals, the mines, the cheap labor, and the extracted resources around the globe.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The US Senate has confirmed Gina Haspel as CIA director. Because three Republicans opposed her, some Democrats were needed to get the necessary votes. In the end, six of them voted with the rest of the GOP to confirm “Bloody Gina.” That’s some #Resistance. Haspel oversaw torture at a secret CIA prison in Thailand during Read More
Reading Time: 10 minutes Today the Senate Intelligence Committee heard testimony from CIA director nominee Gina Haspel, notorious for her role in the CIA’s torture program. It’s worth remembering that the only person to go to jail over this program was whistleblower John Kiriakou. Here’s one of our interviews with him.
Reading Time: 17 minutes Higher education has evolved into a key source for obtaining military and technological intelligence. The post-9/11 efforts of the CIA and FBI, and the proliferation of international students have proven a fertile ground for nurturing future spies.
Reading Time: 10 minutes Gina Haspel played a key role in America’s post 9/11 torture program and was a leader in covering up its excesses. Should that disqualify her from being CIA director? Whistleblower John Kiriakou believes it should.
Reading Time: 17 minutes President Donald Trump has nominated Gina Haspel — a person deeply involved in the agency’s former torture program — to be the new director. Last year, we interviewed CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou about his role in exposing this illegal program.
Reading Time: 14 minutes Barrett Brown and filmmaker Alex Winter remind us that all of our broken institutions needed reform before Trump — and will need even more reform after he is gone.
Reading Time: 7 minutes The government’s post-9/11 legacy of torture continues to hamper Guantánamo Bay legal proceedings. President Donald Trump is not helping.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Newly released files on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy show the CIA was concerned about what agent Richard Case Nagell might reveal after being detained by East German intelligence.