CIA Anti-Leaking Campaign Memo Leaked

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 7:29 am

CIA Director John Brennan, a leaker in his own right, has launched an anti-leaking program inside the CIA called the “Honor the Oath” campaign. How do I know about this? It was leaked. CIA Director John Brennan is launching a new campaign aimed at pressuring CIA officers to keep the intelligence agency’s secrets secret, after [...]

David Petraeus Heads To Wall Street

By: Thursday May 30, 2013 3:13 pm

Former General David Petraeus is done licking his wounds from his sex scandal and is turning his attention to the all American pastime of chiseling himself some cash. Petraeus is joining private equity powerhouse¬†KKR. The former CIA Director will head KKR’s institute focused on public policy. David Petraeus, the former U.S. Army general who resigned [...]

Leahy Reverses Email Privacy Bill To Give Federal Agencies More Warrantless Surveillance Abilities

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 1:47 pm

The sorry affair of David Petraeus and a cast of thousands of emails, Tampa-area socialites, and jokes about the book title “All In” really showed the power of the FBI as part of the architecture of the government surveillance state, able to snoop on almost every private email communication of every citizen, often without a [...]

Petraeus Affair Shows Dominant Power of Government Surveillance State

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 7:03 am

This David Petraeus sex scandal has, as is usually the case, launched thousands of columns claiming to understand intimate details about the mental states of everyone involved, striking moral tones about who can be blamed and what it means for the moral fabric of family life in America, the military, what have you. But the [...]

Petraeus Resigns From CIA, Citing Affair

By: Friday November 9, 2012 12:25 pm

We have our first major resignation of the second term Obama Administration. It happens to be very unexpected – because of the individual and the reason. NBC reported Friday that CIA director David Petraeus has resigned from the CIA, citing an extramarital affair. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell said the resignation was submitted in a letter dated [...]

Intelligence Reports Still Show Iran Undecided on Nuclear Weapons

By: Tuesday January 31, 2012 1:41 pm

Israel is getting really nervous that they just might not have enough time to bomb Iran, which would just be terrible. They claim that the new international sanctions have closed the window for them to act. I wonder if this has anything to do with it: the fact that the latest intelligence estimates, both in [...]

The Christmas Drone Truce – CIA Stops Airstrikes in Pakistan

By: Saturday December 24, 2011 8:17 am

Apparently the CIA has taken the rare step of acknowledging the sovereign rights of another country, as well as the existence of public opinion and blowback, by suspending drone attacks in Pakistan, according to the LA Times. They claim that the hiatus is in its sixth week. In an effort to mend badly frayed relations [...]

The End of Counter-Insurgency?

By: Friday June 24, 2011 9:35 am

Could the gradual drawdown in Afghanistan signal an end to the military’s flirtation with counter-insurgency? I’m skeptical. COIN basically took over at the highest levels of the military over the past several years, and the officer corps, the next generation of leaders, has been engaged in COIN tactics in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the next [...]

Behind the Scenes, Petraeus Lost in Afghanistan Deliberations

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 12:13 pm

Say what you will about President Obama’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan, and I have. But it does appear clear that he stretched beyond the willingness of the generals. Although Mike Mullen has been outwardly supportive of the approach, he also called it “risky,” saying that the withdrawal was more aggressive than he considered prudent. He calls [...]

Report: Obama to Announce Withdrawal of 10,000 in Afghanistan By End of 2011

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 6:10 am

According to the Los Angeles Times, President Obama on Wednesday will announce a withdrawal of 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year – a reduction of 10%, more than Gen. David Petraeus wanted. Petraeus and the Pentagon reportedly had wanted a token withdrawal of one brigade, roughly 3-4,000 combat troops. Combined [...]

Afghan Withdrawal Announcement on Thursday: Surge Troops to Stay Until End of 2012

By: Monday June 20, 2011 2:37 pm

The plan for July withdrawals in Afghanistan will be announced Wednesday, but the strong indication is that surge troops (numbering 33,000) will be removed over an 18-month time period. The fact that David Petraeus endorsed that number today leans strongly in that direction. Formally, Petraeus wants to withdraw one brigade combat team of about 5,000 [...]

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