Jan 28, 2015

Democrats, Republicans spar over probe into '12 Libya attack

A special U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating a 2012 attack in Libya that killed an American ambassador has devolved into partisan bickering. As the panel holds its third public hearing Tuesday, Democrats complain that the panel’s Republican chairman has excluded them from crucial ...

Ex-CIA officer in leak case found guilty of espionage

Jan 27, 2015

Ex-CIA officer in leak case found guilty of espionage

A former CIA officer was convicted of espionage charges Monday for having leaked to a New York Times journalist classified details of a secret operation to thwart Iran’s nuclear program. Jurors found Jeffrey Sterling guilty on all nine counts he faced in federal court ...

Jan 23, 2015

North Korea seeks U.N. probe of 'CIA torture crimes'

North Korea called on Thursday for the top United Nations human rights body to investigate allegations of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency during the George W. Bush era that were contained in a recent Senate report. The move, announced by So Se Pyong, ...

Jan 12, 2015

Decision on Petraeus leak allegations not yet final, Holder says

The Justice Department hasn’t made a final decision about whether to prosecute retired Army Gen. David Petraeus for allegedly providing government secrets to his former mistress while he was director of the CIA, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. “I don’t want to comment ...

Jan 6, 2015

CIA says its inspector general is resigning at end of month

CIA Inspector General David Buckley, who investigated a dispute between the agency and Congress over the handling of records of the CIA’s detention and interrogation activities, is resigning effective Jan. 31, the CIA said on Monday. The agency said in a statement that Buckley, ...

U.S. torture program was mismanaged

Dec 26, 2014

U.S. torture program was mismanaged

The Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation program and the spy agency’s official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation, including the brutality and effectiveness of its methods and the agency’s secret dealings with the Bush White House, Congress and the ...

CIA leak shows how spies travel incognito

Dec 22, 2014

CIA leak shows how spies travel incognito

Activists have published what they describe as CIA documents advising spies on how to maintain cover when crossing borders. Information-freedom lobby group WikiLeaks on Sunday released the two documents, dating from 2011 and 2012. They are marked classified and “NOFORN,” which means they were ...

Broken U.S. moral compass

Dec 19, 2014

Broken U.S. moral compass

by William Pfaff

The most disturbing and basic question with regard to the maintenance of Guantanamo and any one of the so-called Black Sites in recent years is why American officials seemed to want so badly to torture when to do so was known — even to ...

Leaked CIA document outlines how targeted killings could backfire

Dec 19, 2014

Leaked CIA document outlines how targeted killings could backfire

The U.S. government’s program to capture and kill insurgent leaders can backfire, a leaked CIA report said Thursday, citing “limited” results in Afghanistan in particular. The July 2009 document released by WikiLeaks tackles the pros and cons of “high value targeting” (HVT) operations conducted ...

Dec 19, 2014

U.S. delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup

The State Department is delaying the release of a volume from its U.S. foreign relations history that deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an Iranian prime minister in the 1950s out of concern that publication could undermine nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic. The ...

No excuse for tolerating torture

Dec 16, 2014

No excuse for tolerating torture

by Ted Rall

Already "torture" is fading from the headlines. Anti-torture Americans have been way too polite the past 12 years. They should have shouted down the torturers and apologists, ridiculed them, locked them away.