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Are The Intelligence Reports On ISIS Being Cooked, And If So Why?

ISIS Fighters

Disturbing reports over the weekend that American leaders may not be getting the kind of unbiased intelligence analysis about ISIS that they need to make decisions.

Jonathan Pollard Released From Federal Prison After Thirty Years

Jonathan Pollard

After thirty years in Federal Prison, Jonathan Pollard is a free man. Make no mistake, though. Pollard is not, and never has been, a hero and he deserves to be remembered as nothing but the criminal that he is.

Federal Judge Rules N.S.A. Mass Data Collection Unconstitutional

National Security Agency

A Federal Judge has ruled that the N.S.A. metadata collection program is unconstitutional, but it’s unclear if the ruling will have much of an impact.

U.S. Intelligence: Russian Passenger Jet Likely Brought Down Over Sinai Peninsula By A Bomb

Metrojet A321 Wreckage

American intelligence officials are saying that a Russian passenger jet that went down over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula was most likely brought down by a bomb.

Hillary Clinton’s Server and Sensitive Compartmented Information

Clinton, Gates, And Mullen Testify Before Senate Foreign Relations Cmte

Clinton’s wanton disregard for the rules had predictable consequences.

Hillary Clinton Turns Over Server After New Classified Emails Are Revealed

Hillary Clinton Blackberry

Hillary Clinton has turned over her private email server in the wake of reports about highly classified information in her email.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Released November 21st

Jonathan Pollard

After 30 years in prison, Jonathan Pollard will be released later this year.

U.S. Considering Releasing Jonathan Pollard?

Jonathan Pollard

Reports are circulating that the Obama Administration is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard, and many are seeing it as an effort to placate Israel in the wake of the Iran deal.

Federal Inspectors General Call For Criminal Investigation Of Hillary Clinton’s Emails

Hillary Clinton Blackberry

Did Hillary Clinton mishandle classified information while Secretary of State? Two Inspectors General want to find out.

Was China OPM Hack Fair Game?


Was this simply ordinary intelligence collection? Or something more insidious?

Air Force Says ISIS Has Poor OPSEC, Demonstrating Poor OPSEC


An Air Force general is bragging about a targeting technique being used against ISIS.

Senate Renews, Modifies, Patriot Act

NSA Logo

The Senate passed a bill that renews, and modifies, the Patriot Act

Domestic Spying ‘Suspended’ But Almost Certainly Continues Unabated

NSA headquarter

Don’t believe everything you read in the papers.

Patriot Act Lapses, Civilization Still Stands

Patriot Act

Many provisions of the Patriot Act lapsed at midnight, but apparently the world hasn’t ended.

With Hours Left, The Fate Of The PATRIOT Act Remains Uncertain

Patriot Act

The Senate returns tomorrow to try to pass an extension of the PATRIOT Act before it expires, but it may not be able to do so.

First Batch Of Hillary Clinton Benghazi Emails Reveals No Smoking Guns

Benghazi 3

The first batch of email from Hillary Clinton regarding the 2012 attack in Benghazi have been released, and they don’t reveal anything we didn’t already know.

Senate Fails To Pass PATRIOT Act Renewal

National Security Agency

The Senate went home last night without passing a bill to renew the PATRIOT Act, which expires at the end of the month.

The Triumph Of Bureaucracy: Al Qaeda’s Job Application

Now Hiring Sign

Who knew terrorists had an H.R. Department?

Rand Paul Holds The Senate Floor To Talk About PATRIOT Act Renewal, Civil Liberties

Rand Paul Senate Floor

Rand Paul held the Senate floor for nearly twelve hours yesterday to talk about the PATRIOT Act, but it’s unclear if he accomplished anything.

House Passes Bill To Restrict N.S.A. Data Mining

NSA Logo

The House has passed a bill that would place real restrictions on the National Security Agency’s data mining program. Now, it moves to the Senate.

Seymour Hersh’s Osama Bin Laden Claims Don’t Pass The Smell Test


Seymour Hersh is out with a conspiracy theory about the death of Osama bin Laden that just doesn’t make sense.

Jeb Bush: Sure, I’d Invade Iraq Just Like My Brother Did


Like most Republicans, Jeb Bush either fails or refuses to recognize what an utter, unjustifiable disaster his brother’s decision to invade Iraq actually was.

James Clapper Tells Congress He Testified Falsely Because, ‘I Forgot’

James Clapper

Director of National Intelligence now tells Congress that he testified falsely about NSA spying because he forgot the program existed.

Germans Restrict Cooperation With The U.S. On Intelligence

Obama Merkel

Largely in reaction to revelations about N,S.A. surveillance, Germany has cut back on its intelligence cooperation with the United States.

Appeals Court Rules N.S.A. Data Mining Illegal

National Security Agency

A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that the N.S.A.’s data mining program is illegal, but its ruling may not have a very big impact.

Jon Stewart Decimates Judith Miller


Last night, Jon Stewart’s guest on The Daily Show was former New York Times reporter, who was of course one of the most prominent journalists writing stories asserting that Iraq and an active WMD program in the years before the Iraq War, and the result was perhaps one of Stewart’s best interviews in some time: The Daily ShowGet […]

Two Hostages, Including One American, Killed In Raid On Al Qaeda Targets

Predator Drone

An attack on al Qaeda outposts in January resulted in the death of two hostages, but also resulted in the death of two high value al Qaeda targets.

China Warns U.S. About North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

North Korea Nukes

Chinese analysts are telling their American counterparts that North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is far more sophisticated than previously believed.

House Benghazi Committee Won’t Release A Report Until 2016


Not surprisingly, the Select Committee established by House Republicans to investigate something that has already been investigated multiple times, will be in operation well into the Presidential Election season.

George W. Bush Gets CIA Award

George W Bush

President George W. Bush had a running battle with the CIA throughout his eight years in office. Now, they’ve given him an award.

Israel Spied On Geneva Iran Talks, Shared Information With Congress

U.S. Israeli Flags

Yet another probable rift between the U.S. and Israel over Iran.

David Petraeus Pleads Guilty To Sharing Classified Information


The most widely honored General from the Iraq and Afghanistan War has plead guilty to sharing classified information with his mistress.

Petraeus Committed Felonies, FBI Finds


David Petraeus provided highly classified secrets to his mistress. Will he be charged?

Obama Faults Sony For Pulling ‘The Interview’ From Theaters, Vows Response To North Korea

Obama Makes Statement On U.S.-Cuba Policy

President Obama criticized Sony for backing down, and said that the U.S. would respond to North Korea’s cyber attack “at a place and time we choose,”

F.B.I. Charges North Korea With Being Behind Hacking Attacks On Sony

North Korea Military Parade

The U.S. Government has formally charged North Korea with responsibility for the hacking attack on Sony. How to respond to that attack is a more complicated question.

The Amorality Of Dick Cheney And The Right In Response To The Truth About C.I.A. Torture

Dick Cheney

Vice-President Cheney’s amoral defense of torture has come to define how most conservatives view the issue, and that’s a problem.

Torture Report’s Long Shadow


What now?

Senate Intelligence Committee Report Reveals A Dark and Regrettable Time In American History


A dark and regrettable time in American history is finally seeing the light of day.

House Intelligence Committee Benghazi Report Debunks Benghazi Conspiracy Theories


The House Intelligence Committee has concluded that the conspiracy theories regarding the 9/11/2012 attack in Benghazi are not supported by the evidence. That’s unlikely to change anyone’s mind, though.

CIA Director Proposes Radical Reorganization

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The CIA has always separated its core spying and analysis functions; that may soon change.

Most PATRIOT Act ‘Sneak And Peek’ Warrants Used In War On Drugs, Not War On Terror

Patriot Act

Not surprisingly, a law passed in the wake of the September 11th attacks has been used mostly for things that have nothing to do with terrorism.

The Attack On Canada’s Parliament And The Lone Wolf Terrorist

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Yesterday’s apparent terrorist shooting in Ottawa reveals again a phenomenon that seems difficult if not impossible to stop in advance.

Another War, Another Pentagon Cover-Up


A new report from the New York Times confirms the adage that, in war, the first casualty is the truth.

White House Fence Jumper Got Deep Inside The Building

White House Dusk

Last week’s security breach just became a lot more serious.

Obama: “They” Underestimated ISIS

Obama Syria

Apparently, the buck doesn’t stop in the Oval Office these days.

CIA’s Stealthy Starbucks


WaPo’s Emily Wax-Thibodeaux reports that, “At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert.”

Russia Extends Edward Snowden’s Asylum For Three More Years

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Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia for at least the next three years: MOSCOW — Edward J. Snowden, the American intelligence contractor who published a raft of secret documents and then fled to Russia, has been granted a three-year residence permit, his lawyer announced Thursday. Anatoly G. Kucherena, the lawyer, told a […]

C.I.A. Admits Spying On Senate, Senate Finally Outraged About Surveillance

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The C.I.A. has admitted spying on Senate investigators.

U.S. Intelligence Sources Confirm Malaysia Airlines Flight Hit By Surface-To-Air Missile

Malaysia Air Flight 17 Crash Scene

Someone took down a Boeing 777 over Ukraine today.

All of America’s Secrets on Amazon Cloud


The US intelligence community is gambling that it can be more efficient through a public-private partnership than going it alone.

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