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  1. jamal khashoggi
    The Senate Is Now So Sure MBS Killed Khashoggi, It Might Oppose Starving YemenGOP senators are now convinced that the Saudi Crown prince ordered the killing. As punishment, they just might stop helping him commit war crimes.
  2. The CIA Still Doesn’t Trust Jared Kushner With Its Most Sensitive IntelligenceThe 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.
  3. What Sy Hersh KnowsAn unsummarizable interview with the inimitable investigative journalist and raconteur of the American national security state.
  4. Kim Jong Un Open to McDonald’s, Not Giving Up His Nuclear WeaponsFast food in North Korea? Yes. Giving up nuclear weapons? No.
  5. John McCain Urges Senate to Reject Gina Haspel for CIA DirectorThe Arizona senator, who is home battling brain cancer, said, “Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.”
  6. CIA Nominee Gina Haspel Won’t Say If Torture Is ImmoralTrump’s nominee to head the spy agency promised to follow her “moral compass,” but she resisted attempts to have to define it.
  7. Gina Haspel Promises Not to Reinstate Torture If Confirmed As CIA DirectorDuring Wednesday’s hearing, she’ll pledge not to restore the “detention and interrogation program” she previously participated in.
  8. Trump Defends Gina Haspel Ahead of CIA Confirmation FightIt’s unlikely that the president has any moral qualms about her past behavior.
  9. trump administration
    Haspel Nearly Walked Away From CIA Director NominationShe 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.
  10. Trump Questioned Why CIA Avoided Killing Terrorist’s Family: ReportPerhaps “you have to take out their families” was more than chilling campaign rhetoric.
  11. select all
    13 Reasons to Believe Aliens Are RealHow seriously should you take those recent reports of UFOs? Ask the Pentagon. Or read this primer for the SETI-curious.
  12. Gina Haspel Actually Did Not Supervise CIA’s Most Notorious Use of WaterboardingNew 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.
  13. Trump’s Choice to Lead CIA Oversaw ‘Black Site’ Interrogation ProgramGina Haspel reportedly oversaw the waterboarding of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and the destruction of interrogation tapes.
  14. select all
    Lulu, a Failed CIA Bomb-Sniffing Dog, Has Reached Meme StatusThe black Lab just had no interest in searching for bombs and is now living a normal civilian-dog life.
  15. classified information
    The CIA Will Not Release Osama bin Laden’s Porn CollectionOther documents from the 2011 Navy Seal raid of his compound will be made public.
  16. Errol Morris Probes Government Mind-Control and LSD in the Wormwood TrailerTrue crime gets psychedelic.
  17. Report: Obama Tried to Stop Election Tampering, But Thought It Would FailA 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.
  18. Several CIA Contractors Were Fired for Stealing Vending-Machine SnacksWho among us?
  19. North Korea Accuses U.S. of Assassination Attempt Against Kim Jong-unNorth Korea accuses America of a lot of things. But this allegation is unusually detailed.
  20. Trump Will Soon Decide If Secret JFK Files Are Made PublicThe president has the power to give his conspiracy-theorist brethren a tremendous gift this year.
  21. intelligence
    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.”
  22. Trump Is Once Again Allowing CIA Drone Strikes, Reversing Obama ProtocolThe president may be a CIA skeptic, but he’s let the spy agency back into the business of targeted killing.
  23. select all
    What’s Not in the WikiLeaks Documents Is More Important Than What IsGovernment officials and security researchers disagree on their implications.
  24. select all
    Alexa, Are You Connected to the CIA?Another day, another good Amazon Echo video.
  25. last night on late night
    Ex-CIA Director Casually Debunks Trump’s Wiretapping Claim on The Late Show“I can tell you that these tools would not be used against an American.”
  26. 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.
  27. Trump: Media Will Pay ‘Big Price’ for Reporting That Inauguration Crowd Was TinyIn a speech at CIA headquarters, the president called journalists the “most dishonest human beings on earth” — and his audience cheered.
  28. CIA Chief Not Pleased That Incoming President Likened the CIA to NazisThe president-elect starts a messy, public feud with the director of the CIA, just days before inauguration.
  29. Here’s a Liveblog of the Trump Presser and Tillerson and Sessions HearingsThe GOP designed today to have too much news — and that was before someone leaked a memo about how Russia has “compromised” the president-elect.
  30. Intel Chiefs Presented Trump With Claims That Russia Has ‘Compromised’ HimA former MI6 agent claims that Russia has compromising information about the president-elect. And the CIA is taking that allegation seriously.
  31. After Intelligence Briefing, Trump Promises to Prioritize CybersecurityBut 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.”
  32. Donald Trump Plans to ‘Pare Back’ Top U.S. Spy AgencyHe is developing a plan to “restructure and pare back” the “politicized” agency, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  33. CIA and FBI Now Agree: Russians Hacked to Help TrumpEarlier reports that the FBI disagreed with CIA findings that one aim of Russian hacking was to help Trump have now been overturned.
  34. CIA Director Reveals He Was Once a Communist SympathizerBut Congress is being chill about it.
  35. international intrigue
    Emails in Clinton Probe Discussed Planned Pakistani Drone StrikesThe messages are part of a secret deal that gave the State Department a say in whether CIA drone strikes should proceed.
  36. crimes and misdemeanors
    Justice Department Won’t Block Lawsuit Over CIA Torture ProgramIn an unprecedented move, the department is not invoking state secrets to prevent the case from proceeding.
  37. Donald Trump’s ‘Get Out the Vote’ Effort Failed to Register His ChildrenEric and Ivanka Trump “feel very guilty” for failing to register for the New York primary.
  38. spies among us
    The CIA Is Getting Into Skin CareNot a belated April Fool’s Day joke. 
  39. The CIA ‘Inadvertently Left’ Explosive Material on a School Bus for Two DaysThe bus circulated between a high school and two elementary schools with explosive material hidden inside its engine.
  40. 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. 
  41. you've got hacked
    What We Learned From the CIA Director’s WikiLeaked EmailsJohn le Carré would not be impressed.
  42. guantanamo
    Report Highlights All the Unknowns About CIA Torture That Still RemainAnd the Senate debates banning torture once and for all.
  43. The Conspiracist’s Guide to Osama bin Laden’s BookshelfWas bin Laden a Truther?
  44. oops
    The CIA Didn’t Mean to Give $1 Million to Al Qaeda But that’s what happened.
  45. Super-Secret Spy Sues CIA for Ruining RomanceHe is also upset that the agency did not approve his novel, Madhouse: A Forbidden Novel of the CIA.
  46. How the CIA Torture Report Became a Surprise Best-sellerSmall indie publisher Melville House has scored a hit with the CIA Torture Report. 
  47. politics
    Dick Cheney Simply Does Not Care That the CIA Tortured Innocent People“I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective.”
  48. the national interest
    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.
  49. torture report
    CIA Director Still Won’t Quite Say Torture Was Actually TortureSaid the abuse was the fault of a few bad apples.
  50. the national circus
    Frank Rich on the National Circus: America Is Still in Denial About TortureWhat does it mean to be a “nation of laws” if those laws are not applied to people in power?
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