In a memoir published this year, the CIA’s former top legal officer John Rizzo says that on the last day of 2005 a panicky White House tried to figure out how to prevent the distribution of a book by New York Times reporter James Risen. Officials were upset because Risen’s book, State of War, exposed what — in his words – “may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA.”
|By: Norman Solomon Thursday May 29, 2014 6:20 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 31, 2014 2:40 pm|
As senators push to have at least parts of the completed study declassified (particularly what senators found in their investigation), the CIA refuses to accept that torture did not help the country hunt down bin Laden.
|By: bluewombat Friday January 17, 2014 11:25 am|
Rizzo comes across as pleasant, mild-mannered and self-effacing. He must have a very good barber, as he has this elegant, curvy sort of beard. But, as another member of the audience said to me after the presentation, he’s emblematic of the banality of evil.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 10, 2014 11:01 am|
The film, Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatized the hunt for Osama bin Laden that ended in his execution by SEAL Team 6, made it apparent how valuable Hollywood could be for the CIA.
Declassified memos showed the CIA valuing the film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow because, although it was a fictionalized version of true events, it would “help promote an appropriate portrayal of the Agency and the Bin Laden operation.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 9, 2011 1:59 pm|
To mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the ACLU released a report that looks at how “ever-expanding claims of national security” have subverted freedoms and justified an assault on civil liberties.
The report scrutinizes racial and religious profiling, the expansion of the surveillance state, the impunity of the Bush administration officials who created a legal justification for torture and the framework that has dominated America since the attacks: the belief that America is in an “everywhere and forever war” which justifies any program, regardless of how it undermines civil liberties or the rule of law.
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday July 19, 2011 5:20 pm|
According to the UK legal charity Reprieve, “the first large array of photographs depicting the devastating impact of US unmanned aircraft (‘drone’) attacks on innocent civilians in Pakistan” goes on display today at at Beaconsfield Art Gallery, 22 Newport Street, London. The show, which displays the work of Noor Behram, a 39 year old photographer from the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), runs until August 5. Reportedly, photos from 28 of 60 drone attack sites visited by Behram can be viewed at the London gallery.
|By: emptywheel Saturday April 23, 2011 8:55 am|
The way secrecy in this country works is insidious not just because the government prevents citizens from learning the things we as citizens need to know to exercise democracy, but also because the President and other classification authorities can wield secrecy as an instrument of power, choosing to release information they otherwise claim is top secret when it serves their political purpose.
|By: emptywheel Friday January 14, 2011 7:50 am|
The AP noticed something troubling in Michael Vickers’ response to the Senate Armed Services Committee questions on his nomination to be Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence: the government did not include descriptions of its cyberwar activities in the quarterly report on clandestine activities.
|By: emptywheel Monday October 18, 2010 6:56 am|
In addition to reserving the decision for itself of who gets prosecuted or not for fraud on courts and torture, the Administration is also arbitrarily choosing who gets prosecuted for leaks.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday July 27, 2010 12:40 pm|
In May 2005, Rockefeller asked John Helgerson for McPherson’s report. Then in September 2005, Rockefeller asked Porter Goss for the report directly. And Porter Goss–the guy who was actively considering destroying the torture tapes in July 2005 and who ultimately applauded Rodriguez’ success in destroying them–completely blew off Rockefeller’s request.