White House Approved CIA Hacking Of Senate Computers

By: Friday January 16, 2015 6:55 am

According to a report by the CIA Inspector General, the White House was informed of the CIA’s plan to hack US Senate computers to discover what was going to be in the Senate Torture Report. CIA Director John Brennan met with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough then ordered CIA employees to “use whatever [...]

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 [...]

Brennan Sworn In On Constitution Without Bill of Rights

By: Friday March 8, 2013 3:20 pm

With questions still unanswered on the President’s targeted killing powers, John Brennan was sworn in today as CIA Director. But in a ironically symbolic twist of fate the Constitution used to swear Brennan in did not contain the Bill of Rights. From emptywheel: According to the White House, John Brennan was sworn in as CIA [...]

Lindsey Graham Planning To Place Hold On Hagel And Brennan Over Benghazi

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 8:26 am

Senator Lindsey Graham is planning to place a hold on the nominations of Chuck Hagel and John Brennan if the Obama Administration does not grant his demands for more information on the response to the Benghazi embassy attack. Graham indicated that he is reserving the right to put a hold on the nominations of Hagel [...]

Brennan Testimony Contradicts Zero Dark Thirty On Torture

By: Monday February 11, 2013 7:05 am

During his confirmation hearing CIA Director nominee John Brennan was asked what role the Enhanced Interrogation/Torture Program had in finding the location of Osama Bin Laden. The question was raised due to numerous Bush Administration officials publicly claiming that torture yielded the information that was vital in planning the Osama Bin Laden raid. That view [...]

John Brennan CIA Director Confirmation Hearing Live Blog

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 11:25 am

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy 6:00 pm: Hearing adjourned. 5:50 pm: Sen Collins responds to Brennan saying Al Qaeda has “metastasized” asking if that indicates a need to change strategy. 5:41 pm: Sen Wyden asks Brennan if Americans who are authorized to be killed should have an opportunity [...]

Ahead Of Brennan Hearing Obama Releases Drone Memos

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 5:54 am

Just ahead of today’s CIA director confirmation hearing President Obama has ordered the release of memos that were written by his administration to justify the killing of American citizens without due process. The White House on Wednesday directed the Justice Department to release to the two Congressional Intelligence Committees classified documents discussing the legal justification [...]

Brennan Confirmation Hearing Set As Battleground For Drone Assassination Program

By: Wednesday February 6, 2013 5:57 am

Tomorrow will be one of the first and possibly last opportunities for a real discussion of the US Drone Assassination program as John Brennan goes before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in hopes of being confirmed as CIA director. Already a contentious issue, the stakes have been further raised as a Justice Department white [...]

The “Disposition Matrix”: The Institutionalization of Targeted Killing

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:15 am

Greg Miller will shine a light on the new American way of war for the next three days, with a multi-part series in the Washington Post on the kill list, the way in which terrorist suspects are selected for death from above by Predator drones. The goal here appears to be to codify the techniques into executive branch practice, for turnkey use by any current or future Administration.

Before NYT Article, Administration Would Not Acknowledge Existence of Drone Program

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 11:42 am

Scarecrow has already gone on in this space about the New York Times’ big takeout today about the “kill list” – the President’s leadership in presiding over a list of suspected terrorists that the US then assassinates with Predator drone strikes. There’s a lot that can be said about this article, most of it from [...]

One-Candidate Election Ends Saleh’s Presidential Rule in Yemen

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 10:54 am

The one-candidate Presidential election in Yemen happened today. You’ll never guess who won! Yemenis voted Tuesday to instate their U.S.-backed vice president as the new head of state tasked with steering the country out of a crisis created by an anti-government uprising that has raged for a year. The vote can hardly be called an [...]

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