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Archives by Tag 'CIA'
The Wrong Petraeus Scandal
RANDALL AMSTER
The media blitz is fully engaged around the latest Washington sex scandals, and with it come nascent cheers from some anti-war sectors over the public unraveling of the top brass who have helped to orchestrate the longest war in U.S. history. On email threads and in the b...
In Bed With the CIA
BINOY KAMPMARK
Another affair, another moral paroxysm.  Not that we should be concerned about extra renditions, torture, and subversive tactics – the CIA’s Director can resign, not because of a vicious policy, but because of a considerable lack of bed room judgment and horizontal c...
Petraeus’ Political Seppuku
MANUEL GARCIA, JR.
On the Friday after Election Day, November 9, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General David H. Petraeus announced his immediate resignation and admitted to an extramarital affair (with his biographer Paula Broadwell), which had been exposed (officially by...
Why was Petraeus Really Ousted?
BART GRUZALSKI
The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus just didn’t make sense.   An affair?  With his biographer Paula Broadwell?  Even CBS’s Face the Nation Peggy Noonan commented that Petraeus shouldn’t resign. “And I just have to ask why do we have to ...
The Why Behind the Benghazi Attack
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
Nearly two months ago, on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, a group of militants attacked the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, killing the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. The Romney campaign has accused the Obama administration wi...
Flooding Syria With Foreign Arms
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus. Across Syria these days, one is able examine massive evidence that this ancient civilization, the historic  bastion of nationalist Arabism and since the 1948 Nabka, an essential pillar of  the growing culture of Resistance to the Zionist occupa...
The Hubris of Romney and Obama
SHELDON RICHMAN
Mitt Romney, whose bid to unseat Barack Obama looks more desperate every day, senses he’s found a weakness in his rival. In a foreign-policy speech the other day, he blasted Obama over the upheaval in the Arab world, saying, “This is a time for a president who will sh...
Washington’s Open Door for Terrorists
NICK ALEXANDROV
The U.S. government has a double standard for terrorist organizations.  Groups that hinder Washington’s aims are denounced, while those furthering the goals of U.S. power are trained, funded, and rebranded as “freedom fighters” or “bulwarks against insurgency.”...
So, Really, Why Do They Hate Us?
PAUL ATWOOD
Recent attacks on American embassies and consulates in numerous Muslim countries are claimed to be irrational and undue reactions to a film portraying the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a degraded manner. The film is intentionally sacrilegious and incendiary toward Islamic be...
Republicans Cross the Rubicon
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Does anyone remember when National Public Radio was an independent voice? During the 1980s NPR was continually on the case of the Reagan administration. NPR certainly had a Democratic slant, and a lot of its reporting about the Reagan administration was one-sided. ...
How Drones Destroy Their Own OODA Loops
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Gaeta, Italia  This report by independent j...
Normalizing Torture
ALFRED W. McCOY
After a decade of fiery public debate and bare-knuckle partisan brawling, the United States has stumbled toward an ad hoc bipartisan compromise over the issue of torture that rests on two unsustainable policies: impunity at home and rendition abroad. Pre...
A Murderous Optimism About Syria
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The disclosure of President Barack Obama’s decision to provide secret American aid to Syria’s rebel forces is a game changer. The presidential order, known as an “intelligence finding” in the world of espionage, authorizes the CIA to support armed groups fighting...
Ethiopian Dictator Goes MIA
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Eritrea. Long time Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi, missing in action for almost 2 months now, is reported to be in a coma leaving the Obama White House’s Crisis Team for Africa scrambling to find a replacement. Officially, Ethiopian “Prime Mi...
Reagan: the Real Story
MICHAEL K. SMITH
He had but the foggiest idea what the policies of his own administration were. When not programmed by his staff he talked nonstop about Hollywood or whiled away the hours watching T.V. Bored with his duties, he came to work reluctantly, amusing himself doodling and noddin...
Rotten Ronnie
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Paul Craig Roberts is in terminal denial. The entire basis of his defense of the Reagan Administration rests on the need to preserve his source belief: it had to be good, I was in it. I un...
Assassination Nation
DOUG NOBLE
[Editor's note: Information in this article pertaining to the Phoenix Program was derived primarily from the ground-breaking investigative work conducted by Douglas Valentine, author of ...
Ethiopian Regime Crumbles: Enter CIA
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
With its foundations irreparably cracked and its edifices of power crumbling the Ethiopian regime headed by Meles Zenawi is turning more and more to the CIA to make the critical decisions in the ministries of power in the capital Addis Ababa. Faced with growing nat...
Obama’s Scramble for Africa
NICK TURSE
They call it the New Spice Route, an homage to the medieval trade network that connected Europe, Africa, and Asia, even if today’s “spice road” has nothing to do with cinnamon, cloves, or silks.  Instead, it’s a superpower’s superhighway, on which trucks and sh...
Into Africa
MICHAEL BRENNER
America’s “war on terror” now has brought us deep into tropical Africa and the Sahel. We learned last week that Washington is engaged in an expansive project to hunt down an array of local “terrorists”, could-be “terrorists” and mayhem makers in general. Nea...
Vietnam, the US and China
GABRIEL KOLKO
If history proves anything, it is that nothing can be taken for granted.   Men and parties that rule nations fall all the time—as witnessed today in much of the Middle East, a region that was once considered stable.  The American Central Intelligence Agency, a huge, ...
Who’s the Thug?
B. R. GOWANI
The article, “Pakistan: Concubine among nations,” in the Toronto Sun by Taraq Fatah (for...
Those CIA Prisons
KENNETH V. SMITH
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. Intelligence agencies throughout the world could save a lot of money by simply interviewing taxi drivers. They know the secrets of their cities and countries. Somehow, they know the truth whether or not it has been officially deni...
The Kill List of Barack Obama
RAY McGOVERN
In an extraordinary article in Tuesday’s New York Times, “S...
The Fountain of Recovery
LINH DINH
Until 1982, Philadelphia had three daily newspapers, and the surviving two, the Inquirer and Daily News, are owned by the same company. Both are hurting. Fewer and fewer readers force extreme cost-cutting measures that reduce the quality of each rag, whi...