Mark Udall and the Unspeakable

By: Sunday November 23, 2014 6:40 am

President Obama, who is just now un-ending again the ending of the endless war on Afghanistan, has never made a secret of taking direction from the military, CIA, and NSA. He’s escalated wars that generals had publicly insisted he escalate. He’s committed to not prosecuting torturers after seven former heads of the CIA publicly told him not to. He’s gone after whistleblowers with a vengeance and is struggling to keep this Bush-era torture report, or parts of it, secret in a manner that should confuse his partisan supporters.

But the depth of elected officials’ obedience to a permanent war machine is usually a topic avoided in polite company — usually, not always. Back in 2011, the dean of the law school at UC Berkeley, a member of Obama’s transition team in 2009, said publicly that Obama had decided in 2009 to block prosecutions of Bush-era criminals in part because the CIA, NSA, and military would revolt. Ray McGovern says he has a trustworthy witness to Obama saying he would leave the crimes unpunished because, in Obama’s words, “Don’t you remember what happened to Martin Luther King?” Neither of those incidents has interested major media outlets in the slightest.

 

Who Should the Democrats Fire?

By: Sunday November 9, 2014 11:29 am

A circular firing squad is the only thing that will save the Democratic Party.

John Brennan, Dianne Feinstein, and the Soon-to-be-Released (?) Torture Report

By: Saturday September 13, 2014 9:20 am

CIA Director John “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Overseers” Brennan and Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (i.e., the aforementioned “Stinkin’ Overseers”) have been having a nasty little spat, revolving around both the CIA’s use of torture as an interrogation technique, and also the CIA’s spying on SSCI staffers who are trying to investigate and report on the CIA’s use of torture as an interrogation technique. This past week has given us a few new developments, with Feinstein saying that the report will be out by the end of the month.

Lucy’s holding the football again, but will Charlie Brown finally get to kick it? There’s reason to hope that he just might . . .

Hillary Clinton Still Doesn’t Think Snowden Did Anything Positive & Continues to Delude the Public

By: Friday June 13, 2014 10:29 am

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, promoting her new book on her four years in the State Department, was on NPR’s “Fresh Air” for a wide-ranging interview. She was asked about former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, and again Clinton refused to admit that Snowden had any positive impact in the United States.

Justice Department Has FBI Investigate Senate Staffers for ‘Unauthorized Removal’ of CIA Torture Documents

By: Friday March 7, 2014 8:20 am

The Justice Department has reportedly requested that the FBI conduct a criminal investigation into Senate staffers who have been involved in producing a study on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture.

Given Alleged CIA Spying on Senators, When Will Senate Intelligence Committee Release Torture Report?

By: Wednesday March 5, 2014 4:15 pm

Reported and alleged Central Intelligence Agency spying on Senate Select Committee on Intelligence members should only increase the effort by senators to have a report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program released.

The Fantasy That Obama Is Planning to ‘Overhaul’ Surveillance Programs

By: Friday January 10, 2014 2:57 pm

The opening sentence of a report from the New York Times on reforms President Barack Obama is considering suggests that he is assembling a “plan to overhaul the nation’s surveillance programs.”

Not Even Feinstein Calls Her Bill, Which Legalizes & Expands Surveillance, ‘Reform’

By: Friday November 1, 2013 8:18 am

Legislation that would restore legitimacy to the National Security Agency by giving off the appearance of improving privacy protections and enhancing transparency of United States surveillance passed in the Senate intelligence committee. The bill was drafted and shepherded through the committee by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of the most passionate defenders of US government surveillance.

The CIA’s Resistance to 6,300-Page Report on the Agency’s Use of Torture

By: Friday October 18, 2013 11:25 am

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence produced a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program that has still not been declassified in some form for the public to read. And, now New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer has reported on an episode involving the confirmation of a former high-ranking CIA lawyer to serve in a similar position at the Pentagon.

The Other Questions Senator Ron Wyden Wants Answered on NSA Surveillance

By: Friday September 27, 2013 9:26 am

At a hearing convened by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, chair of the committee, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, ensured that a second round of questions would not be asked of the distinguished witnesses present—NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Assistant Attorney General James Cole.

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