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The CIA Still Doesn’t Trust Jared Kushner With Its Most Sensitive Intelligence The president’s son-in-law received a permanent security clearance in May — but the CIA still won’t let him in on its deepest secrets.
What Sy Hersh Knows An unsummarizable interview with the inimitable investigative journalist and raconteur of the American national security state.
John McCain Urges Senate to Reject Gina Haspel for CIA Director The Arizona senator, who is home battling brain cancer, said, “Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.”
CIA Nominee Gina Haspel Won’t Say If Torture Is Immoral Trump’s nominee to head the spy agency promised to follow her “moral compass,” but she resisted attempts to have to define it.
Gina Haspel Promises Not to Reinstate Torture If Confirmed As CIA Director During Wednesday’s hearing, she’ll pledge not to restore the “detention and interrogation program” she previously participated in.
Trump Defends Gina Haspel Ahead of CIA Confirmation Fight It’s unlikely that the president has any moral qualms about her past behavior.
Haspel Nearly Walked Away From CIA Director Nomination She reportedly had to be convinced to stay after worrying she’d be “the next Ronny Jackson” amid scrutiny of her role in the CIA’s torture program.
Trump Questioned Why CIA Avoided Killing Terrorist’s Family: Report Perhaps “you have to take out their families” was more than chilling campaign rhetoric.
13 Reasons to Believe Aliens Are Real How seriously should you take those recent reports of UFOs? Ask the Pentagon. Or read this primer for the SETI-curious.
Gina Haspel Actually Did Not Supervise CIA’s Most Notorious Use of Waterboarding New reporting shows Gina Haspel was not at a black site when Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times. But there are other issues with her record.
Trump’s Choice to Lead CIA Oversaw ‘Black Site’ Interrogation Program Gina Haspel reportedly oversaw the waterboarding of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and the destruction of interrogation tapes.
Lulu, a Failed CIA Bomb-Sniffing Dog, Has Reached Meme Status The black Lab just had no interest in searching for bombs and is now living a normal civilian-dog life.
The CIA Will Not Release Osama bin Laden’s Porn Collection Other documents from the 2011 Navy Seal raid of his compound will be made public.
Report: Obama Tried to Stop Election Tampering, But Thought It Would Fail A new report suggests Obama knew about Putin’s intervention in the 2016 election and its aims, but didn’t move aggressively until it was too late.
North Korea Accuses U.S. of Assassination Attempt Against Kim Jong-un North Korea accuses America of a lot of things. But this allegation is unusually detailed.
Trump Will Soon Decide If Secret JFK Files Are Made Public The president has the power to give his conspiracy-theorist brethren a tremendous gift this year.
The Spy Who Can Change Disguises in a Public Bathroom “At times it could be extraordinarily difficult living with all the different names and aliases and so on.”
Trump Is Once Again Allowing CIA Drone Strikes, Reversing Obama Protocol The president may be a CIA skeptic, but he’s let the spy agency back into the business of targeted killing.
What’s Not in the WikiLeaks Documents Is More Important Than What Is Government officials and security researchers disagree on their implications.
Alexa, Are You Connected to the CIA? Another day, another good Amazon Echo video.
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Will McCain Sue Trump for Trying to Bring Back Torture? It could be a test of the willingness of both Congress and the courts to restrain the new president.
Trump: Media Will Pay ‘Big Price’ for Reporting That Inauguration Crowd Was Tiny In a speech at CIA headquarters, the president called journalists the “most dishonest human beings on earth” — and his audience cheered.
CIA Chief Not Pleased That Incoming President Likened the CIA to Nazis The president-elect starts a messy, public feud with the director of the CIA, just days before inauguration.
Here’s a Liveblog of the Trump Presser and Tillerson and Sessions Hearings The GOP designed today to have too much news — and that was before someone leaked a memo about how Russia has “compromised” the president-elect.
Intel Chiefs Presented Trump With Claims That Russia Has ‘Compromised’ Him A former MI6 agent claims that Russia has compromising information about the president-elect. And the CIA is taking that allegation seriously.
After Intelligence Briefing, Trump Promises to Prioritize Cybersecurity But he did not concede Russia’s culpability in the hack of the DNC, and insisted cyberattacks had “no effect on the outcome of the election.”
Donald Trump Plans to ‘Pare Back’ Top U.S. Spy Agency He is developing a plan to “restructure and pare back” the “politicized” agency, according to The Wall Street Journal.
CIA and FBI Now Agree: Russians Hacked to Help Trump Earlier reports that the FBI disagreed with CIA findings that one aim of Russian hacking was to help Trump have now been overturned.
Emails in Clinton Probe Discussed Planned Pakistani Drone Strikes The messages are part of a secret deal that gave the State Department a say in whether CIA drone strikes should proceed.
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Justice Department Won’t Block Lawsuit Over CIA Torture Program In an unprecedented move, the department is not invoking state secrets to prevent the case from proceeding.
Donald Trump’s ‘Get Out the Vote’ Effort Failed to Register His Children Eric and Ivanka Trump “feel very guilty” for failing to register for the New York primary.
The CIA Is Getting Into Skin Care Not a belated April Fool’s Day joke.
The CIA ‘Inadvertently Left’ Explosive Material on a School Bus for Two Days The bus circulated between a high school and two elementary schools with explosive material hidden inside its engine.
You Know Who Else Wanted to Abolish the CIA? Bernie Sanders’s 40-year-old call to abolish the CIA isn’t as radical as his opponents seem to believe.
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Super-Secret Spy Sues CIA for Ruining Romance He is also upset that the agency did not approve his novel, Madhouse: A Forbidden Novel of the . CIA
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Why Do Republicans Defend Torture? The allegation that the Bush administration used torture had gone from outrageous smear to tired news without ever having passed through the stage of acceptable topic of discussion.
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Frank Rich on the National Circus: America Is Still in Denial About Torture What does it mean to be a “nation of laws” if those laws are not applied to people in power?
5 Appalling Takeaways From the Senate’s CIA Torture Report The “enhanced interrogation techniques” were cruel and useless.