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Archives by Tag 'CIA'
The CIA, Cuba and Operation Peter Pan
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
“Los niños nacen para ser felices.” — José Martí On November 19, 2011 NPR broadcast “Children Of Cuba Remember: Their Flight To America.” Reporter Greg Allen claimed the 1960-62 journey from Cuba to the United States...
Iran, the Islamic Revolution and the Language of War
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
No revolution, as far as I know, has achieved all that it promised. A revolution is a response, rather than a solution, to the problems that triggered it. In Iran’s case, there had been years of repression under an absolute monarch who was installed by external p...
Noriega Comes Home
DAVID MACARAY
On December 11, Manuel Noriega—the 77-year old ex-general, ex-Panamanian dictator, and ex-CIA employee—returned home to face additional charges, after having already served 17 years in a U.S. prison for drug trafficking, and a year and a half in a French prison for mo...
Why Iranians Hate the British
ROBERT FISK
It’s a weird irony that Iranians know the history of Anglo-Persian relations better than the Brits. When the newly installed Ministry of Islamic Guidance asked Harvey Morris, Reuters’ man in post-revolutionary Iran, for a history of his news agency, he asked h...
Menu for Today’s Tricky Planet: Use Your Head
GABRIEL KOLKO
We live in an enigmatic age, far more complex as the years go by and certainly since the disappearance of the Soviet Union in 1991.  With the failure of so many reformers avoidance of  cynicism about all causes is now an overwhelming challenge.  In a sense, it is the r...
Choke Point Bab el-Mandeb
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
The Horn of Africa is one of the most strategically critical  regions in the world with the narrow passage where the Red Sea joins the Indian Ocean, the Bab el-Mandeb, being a potential choke point for much of the worlds commerce. Almost all of the trade between t...
Case Western Breakdown
DAVID PRICE
Social scientists and other scholars critical of the rapid cooption of our disciplines by military and intelligence agencies face increasing problems engaging in critical academic discourse with colleagues working in militarized settings.  The biggest obstacle to these i...
Assassination Blowback
ANDREW COCKBURN
2011 has been a banner year for taxpayer-funded assassinations — Osama ...
The CIA as Executioner
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
President Obama has openly deployed murder as an instrument of foreign policy. Soon after assuming office, Obama authorized the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to plan and execute the murder of terrorists and other enemies, regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens. ...
Is the CIA Still an Intelligence Agency?
SHAUKAT QADIR
Early September 2011, a former intelligence official commented to the Washington Post that, “The CIA has become one hell of a killing machine”. He then attempted to retract, but his words were on record. But is that really what it should be: a hell of a killing machin...
Goodbye Iraq?
DAVID SWANSON
I just got an email from Huffington Post telling me that Obama was keeping his campaign promise to get U.S. troops out of Iraq.  Not quite.  Here’s a ...
How to Spin a Plot
GARETH PORTER
Officials of the Barack Obama administration have aggressively leaked information supposedly based on classified intelligence in recent days to bolster its allegation that two higher- ranking officials from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were involved in a ...
The Iranian “Plot”
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
First, a simple rule: utter absurdity in allegations leveled by the US government is no bar to a deferential hearing in our nation’s major conduits of official opinion.   Suppose the CIA leaks a secret national security review concluding that the moon is actually made...
Hip Hop and the Crack Generation
BRENT WOODIE
I was born into the crack era.  Although not old enough to take part in the crack game, it did not leave me immune to the detrimental effects the drug had on my community.  Growing up in the Bronx, I was surrounded by crack users, drug sellers and poverty.   I f...
America’s Shambles in Afghanistan
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In the course of research for a paper on US-Pakistan relations I came across a speech given by President Obama in March this year, titled  ‘A New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan’.  It was interesting and quite informative, if misguided and engagingly ingenuou...
The Killing Machines
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In an interview for an article about the machinations of the Central Intelligence Agency one of the Washington Post’s sources described it as “one helluva killing machine.”  Then, according to the reporter, he ‘blanched’ at his words and altered them to “one...
Kidnapping, Torture and the Red Sox
RAYMOND J. LAWRENCE
On Sunday, September 11, the Schenectady Gazette featured several opinion pieces relating to the 9-11 jihadist attack in 2001. None of the pieces so troubled my sleep as the offering by Daniel T. Weaver, “Richmor Role Should Be Investigated.” The reaso...
Drone Warfare
IAN HARRIS
Last month we heard that a drone attack in Pakistan had killed ...
The Terrorism Issue That Wasn’t Discussed
GARETH PORTER
In the commentary on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the news and infotainment media have predictably framed the discussion by the question of how successful the CIA and the military have been in destroying al Qaeda.  Absent from the torrent of opinion and analysis was an...
Who Wants Those Troops to Stay in Iraq?
PATRICK COCKBURN
The United States is negotiating to keep several thousand troops in Iraq beyond the official withdrawal date at the end of the year, but its influence in the country is being eclipsed by Iran and Turkey. The US and Iraq are discussing whether some 10,000 American s...
When Qaddafi Was Our Friend
JOANNE MARINER
With Muammar Qaddafi’s ignominious disappearance to who knows where, fast on the heels of President Obama’s proclamation that “Qaddafi’s rule is over,” it is easy to think of the United States as the dictator’s stubborn, persistent, and ultimately triump...
The Post 9/11 Torture Network
PATRICK COCKBURN
Here is an account by a Libyan, who did not want to disclose his name, of what it was like to be tortured by Libyan security. He says: “I was blindfolded and taken upstairs. I was shocked with electricity and made to sit on broken glass. They were kicking and punchi...
The CIA and the Drones
GARETH PORTER
When David Petraeus walks into the Central Intelligence Agency today, he will be taking over an organisation whose mission has changed in recent years from gathering and analysing intelligence to waging military campaigns through drone strikes in Pakistan, as well as in Y...
The Rise of Another CIA Yes Man
RAY McGOVERN
As Gen. David Petraeus prepares to take the helm at CIA in September, he can expect unswerving loyalty from his likely deputy, Michael Morell, who has been acting director since July when Leon Panetta left to become Secretary of Defense. Like many senior CIA offici...
Meet Professor Juan Cole, Consultant to the CIA
JOHN WALSH
Juan Cole is a brand name that is no longer trusted.  And that has been the case for some time for the Professor from Michigan.  After warning of the “difficulties” with the Iraq War, Cole swung over to ply it with burning kisses on the day of the U.S. invasion of I...
Veto Over the Drones
GARETH PORTER
Islamabad. Pakistani civilian and military leaders are insisting on an effective veto over which targets U.S. drone strikes hit, according to well-informed Pakistani military sources here. The sources, who met with IPS on condition that they not be ...
Tenet and 9/11: a Real Cover-Up?
RAY McGOVERN
With few exceptions, like some salacious rumor about the Kennedy family, the mainstream U.S. news media has shown little interest in stories that throw light on history — even recent, very relevant history. So it comes as no surprise that, when a former White House coun...
Egypt’s Secret Minister
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Just exactly what influence Omar “The Secret Minister” Suleiman retains over the military junta that rules Egypt is a question of utmost importance for those who live on the banks of the Nile River. With a resume including 20 years as head of Egyptian Intellig...
The Pentagon’s New Power Elite
NICK TURSE
Somewhere on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission. Now, say that 70 times and you’re done… for the day. Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the U.S. military is undertaking operations in a majority of the w...
Evicting Yemen’s Drone Base
JAMES GUNDUN
The Washington Post recently published a controversial report about the future of al-Qaeda “2.0” and U.S. operations against the network. The ensuing narrative speculated whether the Pentagon and CIA are now manufacturing war after Osama bin Laden’s deat...
Petraeus and Clinton
MICHAEL BRENNER
General David Petraeus, newly installed Director of the CIA, is now the most influencial figure on issues at the top of the American foreign agenda. He has unrivaled prestige in Washington and among the public at large, he has close allies in the Pentagon and White House,...