Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fight Oil-by-Rail Route Transparency

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 2:30 pm

While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain.

Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.


USAID Fake HIV Center in Cuba Undermines Global Health Efforts

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 7:50 am

Using health care as a cover for U.S. espionage activities creates significant risks, not only for local populations but globally. Its execution is often clumsy, and it accomplishes little either for health or for intelligence needs.

Dayen’s Roundup for May 8, 2012

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 6:45 am

David Dayen return from slumming in Yurp to bring us links on stories about Eric Schneiderman, David Viter, Federal Reserve, HAMP, Matt Taibbi, bin Laden, oil speculators, Spain, underwear bombs, labor participation rate, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Angus King and much more.

Bin Laden Turned in by Informant — Courier Was Cover Story

By: Monday August 8, 2011 6:30 pm

Forget the cover story of waterboarding-leads-to-courier-leads-to bin Laden. Sources in the intelligence community tell me that after years of trying and one bureaucratically insane near-miss in Yemen, the US government killed OBL because a Pakistani intelligence officer came forward to collect the approximately $25 million reward from the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program.

It’s all my fault…

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 9:02 am

I’m sorry. I apologize. It’s all my fault that the Obama administration won’t release the Osama bin Laden death-porn-shot-in-the-eye pictures.

House of Cards

By: Friday May 13, 2011 1:30 am

If it couldn’t be laminated or outsourced in the prior administration it wasn’t worth doing.


By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 1:30 am

Washington’s modern elite are finally getting a grip on themselves.

Continued Existence Of Military Proves America Is Still Awesome

By: Tuesday May 3, 2011 6:01 pm

This CNN column by Bob Greene is so blithely, obliviously ridiculous that I am almost speechless. He latches onto one phrase from a posthumous Korean War Medal of Honor citation, “utterly disregarding his own safety,” and repeats it over and over again like some kind of magical talisman as he uses our troops to “prove” that 9/11 did not change our national character.

So, anything at all Cathartic happen last night?

By: Monday May 2, 2011 1:30 am

So, can we start to think rationally now? Yeah, didn’t think so.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Tony Shaffer, Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan — and The Path to Victory

By: Saturday November 20, 2010 1:59 pm

When people who’ve worked in sensitive intelligence positions want to write their memoirs, they typically submit their manuscripts to their parent agency; there’s a back-and-forth about what can be revealed; it’s resolved; and the book goes to the printer. For Shaffer, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer — and someone in the rare position of being both an operations guy and an analyst — something different happened. The Pentagon bought the entire 10,000-copy first printing of Shaffer’s memoir, Operation Dark Heart, and destroyed it.

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