Congressman Mike Rogers Planning To Retire From House

By: Friday March 28, 2014 6:08 am

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers will reportedly not be seeking re-election. Rogers is perhaps most famous for claiming, without evidence, that Edward Snowden was a Russian agent. His seeming contempt for the Bill of Rights and any limitations or oversight of US intelligence agencies has made him one of the more polarizing figures on [...]

Glenn Greenwald Plans Return To United States To Test Press Rights

By: Friday February 7, 2014 5:56 am

One of the three reporters at the center of NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks is planning to enter the country that charged Snowden with espionage. Glenn Greenwald plans to “force the issue” by returning to the United States despite the possibility that he may be arrested. Recent comments by government officials have made the situation [...]

Edward Snowden Calls Russian Agent Charge ‘Absurd’

By: Wednesday January 22, 2014 8:21 am

One of the charges being floated by mindless defenders of the national security state both within and outside government is that Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing on illegal NSA spying programs was the work of Russian intelligence. The charge has literally zero evidence to support it, but NSA’s defenders don’t really seem to care. In an interview [...]

NSA Official ‘Has Some Reforms For The First Amendment’

By: Monday December 23, 2013 6:11 am

Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. The NSA’s PR counter-attack continued Sunday with Congressman Mike Rogers’ appearance on This Week where he made some patently ridiculous claims about Edward Snowden selling intelligence. This follows a highly controversial piece by 60 minutes last week which has been ripped left and right as compromised and misleading. [...]

NSA’s XKeyscore Collects Everything User Does On The Internet

By: Wednesday July 31, 2013 7:42 am

Stand aside PRISM, here comes XKeyscore which collects “nearly everything a user does on the internet.” The XKeyscore program was revealed today by the Guardian and is part of the series of a stories based on the Edward Snowden leaks. A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization [...]

Pentagon Presents War Plans For Syria

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 5:50 am

The Department of Defense presented Congress with its options and analysis for military intervention in the Syrian Civil War. The plans would cost billions of dollars and could lead to increasing instability in the region. The Pentagon has provided Congress with its first detailed list of military options to stem the bloody civil war in [...]

Failed Mission: Bipartisan Congressional Intelligence Leaders Say Taliban Stronger After Afghan Surge

By: Monday May 7, 2012 9:50 am

Another policy that the election of Francois Hollande could shift a bit is the war in Afghanistan. Hollande recommitted today to removing French troops by the end of the year, which Nicolas Sarkozy vowed as well, but only to catch up to Hollande’s position. Last week the President announced in a surprise visit to Afghanistan [...]

Obama Decides Against Releasing Bin Laden Photos

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 11:13 am

President Obama has decided not to release photographic evidence of Osama bin Laden’s dead corpse. He revealed the decision while taping an interview with 60 Minutes, which will air Sunday. Here’s his rationale: Said Obama: “The risks of release outweigh the benefits. Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, [...]

Support for Arming Libyan Rebels Wanes, Rules of Engagement Unclear

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 2:57 pm

The debate over whether to arm rebels in Libya still rages, although given that we have CIA operatives on the ground coordinating airstrikes and a secret finding authorizing the President to provide covert support, including arms shipments, it seems like something of a red herring. But for what it’s worth, it’s incredibly unpopular. We knew [...]

Report: Obama Signs Order Allowing Covert Support for Libyan Rebels

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 2:30 pm

So here’s my little bit with Tamron Hall today on arming the rebels in Libya. I tried to stick to a couple points, but I do want to expand on one thing I touched on, which is that this uprising in Libya doesn’t look like the other ones we’ve seen. In Egypt, Tunisia and beyond, [...]

Afghanistan Review Reveals More Questions Than Answers

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 8:00 am

The Administration’s Afghanistan and Pakistan review is out, and it’s very Panglossian, as expected. The five-page summary says that parts of the strategy are “working well” and that “there are notable operational gains.” They claim that the momentum of the Taliban has been stopped and reversed in “some key areas,” and that Al Qaeda senior [...]

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