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

Amid Afghan Chaos, a C.I.A. Mission That Will Persist for Years

The spy agency had plans to de-emphasize counterterrorism operations to focus on rising global powers. History got in the way.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #drones-pilotless-planes, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Real Winner of the Afghan War? It’s Not Who You Think.

Pakistan, nominally a U.S. partner in the war, was the Afghan Taliban’s main patron, and sees the Taliban’s victory as its own. But now what does it do with its prize?

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #bajwa-qamar-javed, #baradar-abdul-ghani, #belt-and-road-initiative-china, #bin-laden-osama, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #grenier-robert-l, #haqqani-khalil-ahmed, #i-s-i, #international-relations, #muslims-and-islam, #obama-barack, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wang-yi

Israel’s Spy Agency Snubbed the U.S. Can Trust Be Restored?

Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, heads to Washington promising better relations and seeking support for covert attacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

#al-qaeda, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #israel, #mossad, #natanz-iran, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #targeted-killings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Sticks to Afghan Deadline, Resisting Pleas to Extend Evacuation

The American withdrawal coincided with a threat by the Taliban to stop Afghans from traveling to the airport, an ominous sign that the window may be slamming shut for thousands of people desperate to leave.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #airports, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-international-airport, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Intelligence Agencies Did Not Predict Imminence of Afghan Collapse, Officials Say

The acknowledgment came as the Biden administration faces heavy criticism over its handling of the withdrawal of American-led forces from Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haines-avril-d, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Intelligence Warned of Afghanistan Military Collapse, Despite Biden’s Assurances

Even as the president was telling the public that Kabul was unlikely to fall, intelligence assessments painted a grimmer picture.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #united-states-politics-and-government

America Needs to Start Telling the Truth About Israel’s Nukes

This charade doesn’t leave anyone safer. It’s gone on long enough. 

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #ben-gurion-david, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #iran, #israel, #meir-golda, #middle-east, #nixon-richard-milhous, #nuclear-nonproliferation-treaty, #nuclear-tests, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #united-states-international-relations

Guantánamo Prosecutors Ask to Strike Information Gained From Torture

The prosecutors’ use of information from a brutal interrogation had troubled Biden administration lawyers and was a source of tension with the chief prosecutor at Guantánamo Bay, who will retire soon.

#acosta-lanny-j-jr, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #interrogations, #martins-mark-s, #military-tribunals, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Seeking Answers on Covid, U.F.O.s and Illnesses, Spy Agencies Turn to Scientists

American intelligence agencies are tapping outside expertise as they wrestle with mysteries that are as much about science as they are about espionage.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haines-avril-d, #microwaves-electromagnetic-waves, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #science-and-technology, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-politics-and-government

ZeroFox acquires dark web threat intelligence company Vigilante

ZeroFox, a cybersecurity startup that helps companies detect risks found on social media and digital channels, has announced it has acquired dark web threat intelligence company Vigilante. 

Vigilante — not to be confused with the controversial crime reporting app — scours the dark web to source intelligence that helps to protect organizations from cyberattacks. The deal, terms of which were not announced, will see ZeroFox take on Vigilante’s global team of operatives and analysts to create “the industry’s most robust” dark web intelligence solution. 

Building on Vigilante’s decades-old dark web monitoring tools, the joint solution will combine datasets from the two companies to deliver risk intelligence on compromised credentials and botnets, network intelligence on infected and vulnerable hosts, and intelligence on threat actors and indicators of compromise (IOCs). The product, which will have ZeroFox’s AI processing capabilities baked-in, will also provide botnet exposure monitoring, threat monitoring, and client-specific investigations and incident response on threat actor engagement and asset recovery. 

“The combination of our otherwise inaccessible datasets, our team of researchers and operatives, along with ZeroFox’s scale and artificial intelligence, provides a compelling dark web intelligence service,” said Mike Kirschner, co-founder of Vigilante. 

The acquisition, which the firms claim will help better protect organizations at an even greater scale, comes amid a huge rise in criminal activity on the dark web, according to recent research. As a result of pandemic-fueled cybercrime, Risk Based Security said in its recent annual data breach report that the number of comprised records surpassed 37 billion in 2020, a 141% increase over 2019, and ransomware was up by 100%. 

“The dark web and criminal underground are critical requirements of modern threat intelligence programs,” said James C. Foster, CEO of ZeroFox. “Our customers need a clear view of the underground economy, how bots may be attacking them or if their credentials, credit cards, personally identifiable information (PII) and other information could be traded there, as well as understanding emerging tactics, exploits and vulnerabilities.

Foster said the acquisition of Vigilante increases “the scale and comprehensiveness” of its dark web intelligence gathering capabilities, which helps to protect customers’ information.

In February last year, ZeroFox announced it had raised $74 million in a Series D funding round led by Intel Capital, which it planned to use to accelerate its global expansion and product strategy. Prior to this, in 2017, the startup raised $40 million Series C led by Redline Capital Management and Silver Lake Waterman.

#artificial-intelligence, #central-intelligence-agency, #ceo, #co-founder, #comics, #computer-security, #crime, #cyberattack, #cybersecurity-startup, #dark-web, #intel-capital, #security, #silver-lake-waterman, #social-media, #vigilante, #zerofox

U.F.O.s: Why the Truth Has Not Always Been Out There

Rather than explaining when U.F.O. sightings were really just top-secret planes, the government has sometimes allowed public eagerness about the possibility of aliens to take hold.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cold-war-era, #defense-department, #extraterrestrial-life, #roswell-nm, #rumors-and-misinformation, #space-and-astronomy, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.F.O.s: The Truth Has Not Always Been Out There

Rather than explaining when U.F.O. sightings were really just top-secret planes, the government has sometimes allowed public eagerness about the possibility of aliens to take hold.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cold-war-era, #defense-department, #extraterrestrial-life, #roswell-nm, #rumors-and-misinformation, #space-and-astronomy, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Two More Guantánamo Detainees Are Cleared for Transfer to Other Nations

The decision brings to 11 the number who have been approved to be sent elsewhere, but the Biden administration has yet to name a point person to negotiate transfers with other governments.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #september-11-2001, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

How the Pentagon Papers Shaped the Power of the Free Press

The Pentagon Papers created a delicate balance of power between the press and the government. Lately, it’s being threatened.

#bickel-alexander-m, #central-intelligence-agency, #clarke-richard-a, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #colonial-pipeline-co, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-department, #fireeye-inc, #freedom-of-the-press, #mcmaster-h-r, #microsoft-corp, #morell-michael-j, #national-security-agency, #new-york-times-company, #pentagon-papers, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #washington-post, #whistle-blowers

C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan

The rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops has left the agency seeking ways to maintain its intelligence-gathering, war-fighting and counterterrorism operations in the country.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #inter-services-intelligence, #military-bases-and-installations, #pakistan, #state-department, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Iran’s Proxies in Iraq Threaten U.S. With More Sophisticated Weapons

Iran-backed militias in Iraq are suspected of carrying out recent drone strikes on sensitive American targets in Iraq, evading U.S. defenses.

#asaib-ahl-al-haq, #baghdad-iraq, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #erbil-iraq, #ghaani-esmail, #iran, #iraq, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #kataib-hezbollah, #military-aircraft, #muhandis-abu-mahdi-al-1954-2020, #security-and-warning-systems, #suleimani-qassim, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Judge Permits Information From C.I.A. Torture in Terror Case

Defense lawyers said it was the first publicly known time that prosecutors had been allowed to use information gained from torture in the proceedings at Guantánamo Bay.

#acosta-lanny-j-jr, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #terrorism, #torture

Janine Brookner, Punished C.I.A. Officer Who Got Revenge, Dies at 80

She had been a successful operative and station chief when staffers made dubious allegations that forced her from the field. She sued the C.I.A. — and won.

#brookner-janine-1940-2021, #central-intelligence-agency, #deaths-obituaries, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #women-and-girls

How Online Sleuths Pantsed Putin

Bellingcat’s founder, Eliot Higgins, on the ethics of open source investigations and what separates his organization from online vigilantes.

#bellingcat, #central-intelligence-agency, #crowdsourcing-internet, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #higgins-eliot, #investigation, #journalism, #navalny-aleksei-a, #open-source, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #skripal-sergei-v

Do Whistle-Blowers Damage National Security?

Jonathan Stevenson’s “A Drop of Treason” examines the career of Philip Agee, whose 1975 book revealed key secrets of the Central Intelligence Agency.

#a-drop-of-treason-philip-agee-and-his-exposure-of-the-cia-book, #agee-philip, #books-and-literature, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #stevenson-jonathan, #whistle-blowers

Kremlin Escalates Fight With U.S.-Funded Journalists, Officials Say

The fight over the future of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has significant implications for press freedom across Russia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #freedom-of-the-press, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #radio-free-europe-radio-liberty, #rt-tv-network, #russia, #state-department, #united-states-agency-for-global-media, #united-states-international-relations, #voice-of-america

Spy Agencies Seek New Afghan Allies as U.S. Withdraws

The move signals an acknowledgment by Western intelligence agencies that they are preparing for the likely collapse of the central government and a return to civil war.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #massoud-ahmed-shah, #northern-alliance, #september-11-2001, #taliban, #terrorism, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Guantánamo Detainee Agrees to Drop Call for C.I.A. Testimony

Under a deal with the military court, Majid Khan, who has admitted being a courier for Al Qaeda, will give up his chance to call witnesses to his torture in return for being released as soon as next year.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jessen-bruce, #khan-majid, #military-tribunals, #mitchell-james-e, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

White House to Investigate Brain Injuries Within C.I.A.

The Biden administration has begun more aggressively investigating episodes that left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Mysterious Ailments Are Said to Be More Widespread Among U.S. Personnel

The Biden administration has begun more aggressively investigating episodes that left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Russian Spy Team Left Traces That Bolstered C.I.A.’s Bounty Judgment

But the U.S. lacked “evidence that the Kremlin directed this operation,” newly declassified information about the Russian team showed.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #gru-russia, #russia, #taliban, #unit-29155-russian-intelligence-group, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Did Trump Make Everything Progressive?

His presidency pushed American institutions to the left. But they were moving that way anyway.

#metoo-movement, #central-intelligence-agency, #democratic-party, #liberalism-us-politics, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

F.B.I. Reports Agent-Involved Shooting at C.I.A. Headquarters

An F.B.I. statement said the man emerged from his vehicle, was wounded and was taken to a hospital.

#central-intelligence-agency, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #mclean-va

Biden Administration Hopes to Learn Fate of U.S. Hostage in Syria

While hopes for the return of Austin Tice have faded, the top American hostage negotiator says he believes the former journalist is still alive.

#central-intelligence-agency, #dawes-kevin-patrick, #goodwin-samuel-r, #kamalmaz-majd, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #syria, #tice-austin, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supreme Court to Rule on Whether C.I.A. Black Sites Are State Secrets

A Guantánamo detainee is seeking information from two former government contractors in connection with a Polish criminal inquiry into a facility there.

#appeals-courts-us, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #decisions-and-verdicts, #detainees, #european-court-of-human-rights, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #interrogations, #jessen-bruce, #mitchell-james-e, #poland, #supreme-court-us, #torture, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zubaydah-abu

Why Does the C.I.A. Need Puppets?

And where does it get them? The agency’s top technologist, Dawn Meyerriecks, talks spy gear and why Hollywood and Silicon Valley play a critical role in national security.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #dawn-meyerriecks, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #facebook-inc, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

MI5 Has Joined Instagram. It’s Not for the Likes.

MI5’s new account is an effort to appeal to job applicants. It joins other intelligence agencies on social media, where results are anything but guaranteed.

#central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #instagram-inc, #security-service-mi5, #social-media

In Russia, a Military Buildup That Can’t be Missed

Russia’s massing of tanks and infantry along its southwestern border with Ukraine was meant to send a message, analysts say.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-security-service, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peskov-dmitri-s, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #shoigu-sergei-k, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

White House Warns Russia on Bounties, but Stops Short of Sanctions

The available evidence supporting a stunning C.I.A. assessment — which President Donald J. Trump’s inaction on prompted bipartisan uproar — remains less than definitive proof.

#afghanistan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #national-security-agency, #russia, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Intelligence Chiefs Warn of Russian Troops Near Ukraine and Other Threats

Officials said that China’s push for global power posed a threat to the United States, and they dwelled on climate change, domestic extremism and more.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #defense-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #haines-avril-d, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wray-christopher-a

Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again?

Not likely, at least in the short term, intelligence officials assess. But stopping terrorism groups over the long term could be more difficult.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mckenzie-kenneth-f, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

Intelligence Report Calls China Biggest Threat to US

A threat assessment report puts China’s push for “global power” first on the list of threats, followed by Russia, Iran and North Korea.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haines-avril-d, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

He Led Hitler’s Secret Police in Austria. Then He Spied for the West.

Franz Josef Huber, responsible for deporting tens of thousands of Jews, escaped punishment with U.S. backing and went on to work for West German intelligence, newly disclosed records reveal.

#austria, #central-intelligence-agency, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #huber-franz-josef, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Military Closes Failing Facility at Guantánamo Bay to Consolidate Prisoners

The move, which took place in a secret operation over the weekend, was conceived during the Trump administration to save on costs and troops at the remote base in Cuba.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #september-11-2001, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Secret War. Decades of Suffering. Will the U.S. Ever Make Good in Laos?

America has never taken responsibility for spraying Agent Orange over the neutral country during the Vietnam War. But generations of ethnic minorities have endured the consequences.

#agent-orange-defoliant, #central-intelligence-agency, #defoliants-and-herbicides, #dioxin, #laos, #leahy-patrick-j, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vientiane-laos, #vietnam-war

White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks

The intelligence agencies missed massive intrusions by Russia and China, forcing the administration and Congress to look for solutions, including closer partnership with private industry.

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Remote C.I.A. Base in the Sahara Steadily Grows

The agency has been conducting surveillance flights from the base, which has grown since 2018. Any drone strikes would be limited while the Biden administration carries out a review.

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