A Senate hearing on John Brennan's nomination to head the CIA could lay bare some parts of the secret war against al-Qaida: lethal drone strikes from covert bases against even American terror suspects, harsh interrogation methods and long detention of suspects without due process.
A Milan appeals court on Friday vacated acquittals for a former CIA station chief and two other Americans, and instead convicted them in the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a Milan street as part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program.
A Pakistani doctor who allegedly ran a fake vaccination program for the CIA to track down Osama bin Laden should be put on trial for high treason, a government commission investigating the U.S. operation that killed the al-Qaida chief said Wednesday.
ISLAMABAD — CIA Director Leon Panetta met over dinner Friday with Pakistan's spy chief and army head for talks on how to repair ties between the two countries that were fractured by the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a Pakistani and a U.S. official said.
By Asif Shahzad, The Associated Press
, June 10, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — For a small cadre of CIA veterans, the death of Osama bin Laden was more than just a national moment of relief and closure. It was also a measure of payback, a settling of a score for a pair of deaths, the details of which have remained a secret for 13 years.
By Adam Goldman, The Associated Press
, May 29, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to name CIA Director Leon Panetta as the next secretary of defense and move Gen. David Petraeus, now running the war in Afghanistan, into the CIA chief's job in a major shuffle of the U.S. national security leadership, senior administration officials and other sources said Wednesday.
By Anne Gearan, The Associated Press
, April 28, 2011
A judge in Texas has delayed for another week the perjury trial of an elderly ex-CIA agent while she considers defense claims prosecutors deliberately delayed turning over documents that showed a witness had worked for Cuban counter-intelligence.
NEW YORK (AP) — Declassified CIA files reveal that U.S. intelligence officials went to great lengths to protect a Ukrainian fascist leader and suspected Nazi collaborator from prosecution after World War II and used him to stir up trouble inside the Soviet Union from an office in New York, according to a new report to Congress.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department lawyers showed ``poor judgment' but did not commit professional misconduct when they authorized CIA interrogators to use waterboarding and other harsh tactics at the height of the U.S. war on terrorism, an internal review released Friday found.
On the wall of CIA headquarters is this challenging message from the New Testament: “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Veering sharply from this acknowledgment was the demand sent to the Obama administration by seven former CIA directors (Washington Post, Sept. 18) that Attorney General Eric Holder stop his preliminary investigation of fewer than 10 cases in which CIA interrogators of terrorism suspects may have exceeded Justice Department guidelines.
Nat Henthoff, First Amendment
, October 07, 2009
The fearlessly independent Physicians for Human Rights — founded in 1986 and sharer of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 — has once again exposed the shameful role of doctors and psychologists throughout the CIA’s torture interrogations, banned by the international Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as well as in the Geneva Conventions and our own statues.
Nat Henthoff, First Amendment
, September 23, 2009
It’s no surprise that former Vice President Dick Cheney is opposed to the Justice Department’s decision to investigate the torture of prisoners during the Bush-Cheney administration.
After all, Cheney has acknowledged that he was “aware” of waterboarding (simulated drowning) of detainees to get them to talk.
Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers
, September 10, 2009
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