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CIA boss John Brennan defends post-9/11 strategy
www.bbc.co.uk
CIA Director John Brennan has defended the agency's post-9/11 interrogation methods but admitted some techniques were "harsh" and "abhorrent". [...]
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Ex-CIA officials say torture report is one-sided, flawed
www.reuters.com
A group of former top-ranking CIA officials disputed a U.S. Senate committee's finding that the agency's interrogation techniques produced no valuable intelligence, saying such work [...]
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CIA ‘violated human rights’ – Afghan president
www.bbc.co.uk
Afghan President Asraf Ghani has said the CIA's brutal interrogation programme "violated all accepted norms of human rights in the world" [...]
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America’s day of shame
www.independent.co.uk
The United States was last night confronted with a landmark report into the CIA interrogation of detainees in the wake of the September 11 attacks at “black site” prisons around the world so replete with details of barbarism and inhumane treatment as to call into question the values at the core of the nation’s identity. [...]
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Michael Hayden: I Did Not Lie to Congress Over CIA Interrogation Tactics
www.newsmax.com
Former CIA director Michael Hayden told Newsmax TV that the Senate Intelligence Committee's so-called "torture report" on the interrogation of terror suspects is shockingly incomplete — and he emphatically denied lying to the committee members when he spoke to them in 2006. [...]
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Report on CIA details ‘brutal’ post-9/11 interrogations
www.bbc.co.uk
The CIA carried out "brutal" interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks on the US, a US Senate report has said. [...]
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US used Nazis as Cold War spies
www.bbc.co.uk
Declassified US records reveal the nation's intelligence chiefs used hundreds of Nazis as spies and informants after World War Two. Central Intelligence Agency officials are said to have turned to the country's former enemies to help beat the Soviet Union during the Cold War. [...]
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America Spends $68 Billion a Year on 17 Major Intelligence Agencies. So Why Do We Keep Getting Caught Off-Guard?
www.motherjones.com
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. What are the odds? You put about $68 billion annually into a maze of 17 major intelligence outfits. You build them glorious headquarters. [...]
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10 fascinating articles from the CIA’s secret magazine
www.motherjones.com
Newly declassified files offer a peak into spycraft, 9/11, assassination plots, and office humor. [...]
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Feinstein: CIA torture report will be delayed as Democrats decide redactions
www.theguardian.com
Though 600-page report was planned for September, top senator says arguments may not finish until after midterms [...]
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Does the CIA Believe Obama?
www.theamericanconservative.com
Intelligence pros are far more skeptical of government claims than their bosses let on. [...]
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Obama Official on Defeating ISIS: Get More International, Fix Syria – Five by Five
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A day after a video surfaced showing the beheading of a second American journalist held captive by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), the dire [...]
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Should Obama fire his CIA chief for misleading the public about the Senate spying scandal?
www.motherjones.com
John Brennan said CIA employees would never snoop on congressional staffers investigating its use of torture. New revelations show that's what they did. [...]
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Leaked memo on CIA says ‘No American proud’ of abuse
www.bbc.co.uk
A secret Senate report on CIA interrogations "tells a story of which no American is proud", a leaked White House memo states. [...]
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CIA launches Twitter and Facebook accounts
www.bbc.co.uk
The United States Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA, has opened its first official accounts on Twitter and Facebook, it announced on Friday. The spy agency said it would help it to engage more directly with the public and make unclassified information on the agency "more accessible". [...]
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