Colombia’s Truth Commission Is Highly Critical of U.S. Policy

Its report estimates that 450,000 people were killed in the decades-long internal conflict — more than twice the number previously thought.

#central-intelligence-agency, #colombia, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia

Kansas Woman Who Joined ISIS Left a ‘Trail of Betrayal’

Allison Fluke-Ekren, a Muslim convert from Kansas, rose through the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria, where she provided military training to women and girls, including her daughter.

#baghdadi-abu-bakr-al, #central-intelligence-agency, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fluke-ekren-allison, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #propaganda, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Gina Haspel Observed Waterboarding at C.I.A. Black Site, Psychologist Testifies

The testimony emerged in pretrial hearings in the Cole bombing case at Guantánamo Bay, where the war court is wrestling with the legacy of torture after 9/11.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #haspel-gina, #interrogations, #mitchell-james-e, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #thailand, #torture, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #waterboarding

The Casualties at the Other End of the Remote-Controlled Kill

Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Yet as the job weighed on him and untold others, the military failed to recognize its full impact. He fled into the California wilderness.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #indian-springs-nev, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mental-health-and-disorders, #military-aircraft, #pilots, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #shaw-air-force-base-sc, #syria, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command, #veterans, #war-and-armed-conflicts

C.I.A. Director Says Putin Might Consider Nuclear Weapons

William J. Burns, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, cautioned that he had seen no “practical evidence” that would suggest such a move was imminent.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #nuclear-weapons, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

William Burns, Head of the CIA, Tests Positive For Covid

William J. Burns got the positive result a day after meeting with President Biden.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #united-states-politics-and-government

The 9/11 Trial: Why Are Plea Bargain Talks Underway?

New leadership, an ever receding trial date and pressure to disclose more information about the C.I.A. torture of the accused plotters all contribute.

#al-qaeda, #attash-walid-muhammad-salih-bin, #capital-punishment, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #september-11-2001, #shibh-ramzi-muhammad-abdullah-bin-al, #terrorism, #torture, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Spy Agencies Cite Russia’s Setbacks but Say Putin Is ‘Unlikely to Be Deterred’

Top U.S. intelligence officials told Congress that the Russian leader had underestimated Ukrainian resolve and Western cohesion but was “doubling down” to achieve his goals.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haines-avril-d, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #nakasone-paul-m, #national-security-agency, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Ukraine Crisis: What Happens Next for the Rest of the World?

Europe faces a new refugee crisis, and harsh economic penalties to punish Russia are expected to reverberate worldwide.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #treasury-department, #ukraine, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Arab Rulers and Spy Chiefs Stashed Millions in Swiss Bank

A leak of account data from Credit Suisse revealed the holdings of powerful figures across the Middle East, raising new questions about self-dealing.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #bin-said-qaboos, #central-intelligence-agency, #corruption-institutional, #credit-suisse-group-ag, #egypt, #jordan, #middle-east, #mubarak-alaa, #mubarak-gamal, #mubarak-hosni, #oman, #politics-and-government, #rania-queen-of-jordan, #suddeutsche-zeitung, #suleiman-omar, #switzerland

Peter Earnest, C.I.A. Veteran Who Ran a Spy Museum, Dies at 88

He ran secret agents and later served as the agency’s spokesman. Both roles prepared him well for his role as the International Spy Museum’s first director.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #deaths-obituaries, #earnest-peter-1934-2022, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #international-spy-museum, #museums

Putin’s Motives Pose a Challenge for U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Knowing the intentions of any autocratic leader is difficult, but President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who began his career as a K.G.B. officer, poses a particular challenge.

#central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Court Filing Started a Furor in Right-Wing Outlets, but Their Narrative Is Off Track

The latest alarmist claims about spying on Trump appeared to be flawed, but the explanation is byzantine — underlining the challenge for journalists in deciding what merits coverage.

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CIA collecting bulk data on Americans without oversight, senators say

CIA collecting bulk data on Americans without oversight, senators say

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Two US senators have asked the Central Intelligence Agency to release the details of a secret bulk data collection program that has apparently ensnared Americans.

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) wrote the director of national intelligence and the CIA (PDF), asking them to declassify a review of a CIA program known as “Deep Dive II,” the details of which were redacted from their letter. The letter was written in April 2021 but was classified until yesterday.

The secret CIA program is operated under the authority of Executive Order 12333, which former President Ronald Reagan issued in 1981. It has been used to justify bulk data collection of people in the US, including phone calls, SMS messages, and, until recently, email metadata. That practice was limited by a 2015 reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA, which banned the bulk collection of phone and SMS metadata by the FBI.

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#bulk-data-collection, #central-intelligence-agency, #cia, #civil-liberties, #fisa, #intelligence-agencies, #policy

C.I.A. Is Collecting in Bulk Certain Data Affecting Americans, Senators Warn

A partly declassified letter from two senators, Ron Wyden and Martin Heinrich, does not say what the data is.

#central-intelligence-agency, #heinrich-martin, #privacy-and-civil-liberties-oversight-board, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wyden-ron

Some Havana Syndrome Cases May Stem From Radio Energy, Panel Says

A group of experts found that not all injuries to diplomats and C.I.A. officers could be explained by stress or psychosomatic reactions.

#central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #havana-cuba, #havana-syndrome, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

Biden Administration Rejects Use of Testimony Obtained From Torture in Guantánamo Trial

The Justice Department rejected an interpretation by the retired chief prosecutor that lawyers could sometimes use statements obtained during C.I.A. interrogations.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture

The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

#apple-inc, #arms-trade, #central-intelligence-agency, #commerce-department, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #djibouti, #drug-enforcement-administration, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #facebook-inc, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #google-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #israel, #justice-department, #khashoggi-jamal, #martinelli-ricardo, #mexico, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #mohammed-bin-zayed, #mossad, #netanyahu-benjamin, #niv-karmi, #nso-group, #omri-lavie, #panama, #privacy, #raytheon-company, #saudi-arabia, #secret-service, #shalev-hulio, #smartphones, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #washington-post, #wireless-communications

C.I.A.-Backed Afghan Fighters Are Still Waiting to Reach U.S.

Commandos who played a key role in helping American forces are waiting for visas in the United Arab Emirates, and are among the last of the evacuated Afghans to get a chance to reach the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #central-intelligence-agency, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

U.S. and Russia Take More Measured Stance in Ukraine Talks

The conciliatory tone and absence of ultimatums suggested that both sides were trying to keep tensions in check and give diplomacy time.

#belarus, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #guterres-antonio, #lavrov-sergey-v, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Most ‘Havana Syndrome’ Cases Unlikely Caused by Foreign Power, C.I.A. Says

A report concluded that most cases have environmental or medical causes, but the government remains focused on investigating two dozen incidents that remain unexplained.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #havana-syndrome, #united-states-international-relations

Waterboarded Prisoner Has Drowning Nightmares Two Decades Later, Doctor Testifies

Lawyers called a torture expert in a bid to spare a defendant a nauseating commute from prison to court by having him spend nights at Guantánamo Bay’s court compound.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #defense-department, #detainees, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

As a Secret Unit Pounded ISIS, Civilian Deaths Mounted

An American strike cell alarmed its partners as it raced to defeat the enemy.

#central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #karama-syria, #syria, #talon-anvil, #terrorism, #townsend-stephen-j, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Predicting the Future Is Possible. These ‘Superforecasters’ Know How.

The psychologist Philip Tetlock on the art and science of prediction.

#audio-neutral-informative, #books-and-literature, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #computers-and-the-internet, #tetlock-philip-e, #united-states

Havana Syndrome Mystery: Review Finds No Answers

Some officials remain convinced Russia is involved, but so far there is no evidence pointing to a particular adversary and no one has detected microwaves or other possible weapons.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #havana-syndrome, #wray-christopher-a

F.B.I. Agents Became C.I.A. Operatives in Overseas Prisons

Lawyers disclosed the unusual arrangement in evidentiary hearings to prepare for the Sept. 11 trial at Guantánamo Bay.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #detainees, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #interrogations, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #torture

Foreman Says Military Jury Was Disgusted by C.I.A. Torture

A Navy captain whose letter recommended clemency for a Qaeda terrorist drafted the damning two-page document in 20 minutes.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #khan-majid, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Some Sept. 11 Trial Secrets May Not Be Secrets Anymore

Prosecutors agreed to compare hundreds if not thousands of pages of classified documents in the case against 9/11 defendants with material released under the Freedom of Information Act.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #freedom-of-information-act, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #khan-majid, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture

The Mystery of ‘Havana Syndrome’

The puzzling constellation of symptoms has defied a conclusive answer.

#central-intelligence-agency, #havana-syndrome, #politics-and-government, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. Military Jury Condemns Terrorist’s Torture and Urges Clemency

Seven senior officers rebuked the government’s treatment of an admitted terrorist in a handwritten letter from the jury room at Guantánamo Bay.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #extraordinary-rendition, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jemaah-islamiyah, #khan-majid, #letters, #military-tribunals, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

For First Time in Public, a Detainee Describes Torture at C.I.A. Black Sites

In a sentencing hearing, Majid Khan, a Pakistani who lived in suburban Baltimore before joining Al Qaeda, detailed dungeonlike conditions and episodes of abuse.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #khan-majid, #military-tribunals, #pakistan, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture, #waterboarding

The CIA’s Close Relationship with Poland

The roots of this special relationship stretch back to the Cold War. It’s a story of bravery, blood bonds and, of course, betrayal.

#black-sites, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #detainees, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #poland, #september-11-2001, #warsaw-poland

A C.I.A. Fighter, a Somali Bomb Maker, and a Faltering Shadow War

The hunt for an elusive Somali militant illustrates why Al Shabab, despite a decade of American covert action, are at their strongest in years.

#al-jazeera, #bancroft-global-development, #central-intelligence-agency, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #michael-goodboe, #mogadishu-somalia, #shabab, #somalia, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Cases of ‘Havana Syndrome’ Reported at U.S. Embassy in Colombia

The State Department is investigating new complaints of mysterious brain injuries before Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s visit to the country next week.

#blinken-antony-j, #bogota-colombia, #central-intelligence-agency, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #havana-syndrome, #state-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Signs Bill to Compensate ‘Havana Syndrome’ Victims

The bill leaves it up to the heads of the C.I.A. and State Department to make their own determinations as to who is covered and how much compensation they receive.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #collins-susan-m, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #havana-cuba, #law-and-legislation, #schiff-adam-b, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #zaid-mark-s

A Troubling C.I.A. Admission

In a top secret cable, the agency said it had lost dozens of informants. How did this happen?

#audio-neutral-informative, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #united-states

C.I.A. Reorganization to Place New Focus on China

The agency will create two new mission centers, one focused on China, the other focused on emerging technology, climate change and global health.

#brennan-john-o, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #international-relations, #politics-and-government

A Surprising Proposal at the Supreme Court in Torture Case

Twenty years after the Sept. 11 attacks, three justices said it was time to hear from the first detainee subjected to brutal interrogation by the C.I.A.

#central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #supreme-court-us, #torture, #zubaydah-abu

C.I.A. Admits to Losing Informants

Counterintelligence officials said in a top secret cable to all stations and bases around the world that too many of the people it recruits from other countries to spy for the U.S. are being lost.

#central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services

Lawmakers Back Changes at C.I.A. for Handling Mystery Health Episodes

Legislation approved by a House committee would also offer intelligence officials medical scans before transfer overseas to better diagnose Havana syndrome injuries.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #havana-syndrome, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #law-and-legislation, #schiff-adam-b

C.I.A. Officer Suffers Havana Syndrome Symptoms

The officer, who had been traveling in India with the agency’s director, was given medical attention after an unexplained incident triggered injuries.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #havana-syndrome, #india

Al Qaeda Could Rebuild in Afghanistan in 1-2 Years, U.S. Officials Say

The new timeline is not a radical shift from previous assessments, but reflects the reality that the Taliban has a limited ability to control the borders of Afghanistan.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #terrorism

The Legacy of America’s Post-9/11 Turn to Torture

Twenty years after the attacks, the United States is still grappling with the consequences of brutal interrogations carried out in the name of national security.

#bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #confessions, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #interrogations, #mauritania, #military-tribunals, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #september-11-2001, #slahi-mohamedou-ould, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Proceedings in 9/11 Case Resume, and Then Are Delayed Again

Days ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the five men accused of plotting them returned to court after a long shutdown, only to have the hearing quickly recessed.

#central-intelligence-agency, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #hawsawi-mustafa-ahmed-al, #martins-mark-s, #mccall-matthew-n, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #watkins-douglas-k

How the U.S. Made War Humane and Endless

The withdrawal from Afghanistan is a final step in the transformation of American warfare into something sanitized and edited out of view.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #detainees, #drones-pilotless-planes, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam

How the C.I.A. Exited Its Base in Kabul

A compound outside Kabul was one of the most secretive — and notorious — in Afghanistan. Our visual analysis shows how the spy agency shut down its operations there — and how the Taliban then entered the site.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #kabul-afghanistan, #your-feed-visual-investigations

Charges in Bali Bombing Case Are Delayed at Guantánamo

The three prisoners were to be charged for the first time, 18 years after their capture. Translation problems mean they wait one more day.

#central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jemaah-islamiyah, #terrorism, #torture, #translation-and-interpreters, #united-states-politics-and-government

As the Taliban Tighten Their Grip, Fears of Retribution Grow

Taliban leaders have promised amnesty to Afghan officials and soldiers, but there are increasing reports of detentions, disappearances and even executions.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #amnesty-international, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #ghani-ashraf, #ghazni-province-afghanistan, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #inter-services-intelligence, #kabul-afghanistan, #kandahar-afghanistan, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #quetta-pakistan, #taliban

After Two Decades of Fighting Taliban, U.S. Is Uneasy Partners With Them

Americans have described a necessary, if distasteful, working arrangement as they race to evacuate Afghanistan by Aug. 31.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government