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  • US Navy SEAL commander dies in Afghanistan

    12/23/2012 2:48:26 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    US Navy SEAL commander dies in Afghanistan AAP December 24, 2012 8:51AM A SAILOR identified by US media as the commanding officer of US Navy SEAL Team 4 has died in Afghanistan, military officials say. The Pentagon said Commander Job Price, 42, did not die in combat, and that his death was under investigation. Price, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, died on Saturday of a "non-combat related injury while supporting stability operations in (central) Uruzgan province, Afghanistan," a Defence Department statement said. It said Price was assigned to a Naval Special Warfare unit in Virginia Beach, Virginia. NBC News reported that Price...
  • Panetta says first F-35 overseas deployment planned for Iwakuni

    12/19/2012 1:59:27 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 19, 2012 | Stars and Stripes
    Plans call for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to get its first overseas deployment in 2017 to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in line with the military’s “Pacific pivot,” according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The F-35B Lightning II — the Navy and Marine Corps variant featuring short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities — has been billed as the next-generation stealth fighter despite complaints about noise and cost overruns. It can travel at speeds of Mach 1.6 — about 1,200 mph — and can land on ships or damaged runways, according to the web site for developer Lockheed Martin Corp....
  • A PSA for executive branch bureaucrats

    10/15/2012 1:53:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    RedState ^ | October 14, 2012 | Moe Lane
    Hi! Are you an employee of the State Department? Treasury? Defense? Justice? Interior? Agriculture? Labor? Health & Human Services? Housing & Urban Development? Transportation*? Energy? Education? Veterans Affairs? Homeland Security? Commerce? [pause] Wow. I didn’t actually think that I’d be able to find shenanigans going on in the Commerce Department. Aside from the Census, it doesn’t really do all that much. …anyway, if you are a member of this or any other government agency, please take this test. Please look around your desk Monday and see if you can see anything that will make you go Man, if Darrell Issa...
  • Pair charged in slaying over prized coin collection ( Navy Vet )

    08/23/2012 9:06:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | August 21, 2012 | Jennifer Sullivan
    A loosely organized crime ring that targeted vulnerable adults set their sights on Navy veteran Frances "Patrick" Fleming after learning about his prized coin collection last year, according to King County prosecutors. Fleming, 70, got to know members of the group, believing they were related to a neighbor at the Four Freedoms House, a senior independent-living center in Seattle's Bitter Lake neighborhood, prosecutors say in court documents. People closest to Fleming said he was extremely friendly and often talked about his nearly 40-year-old coin collection to anyone who would listen. It was his eagerness to chat about the coins that...
  • US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

    05/28/2012 4:07:47 PM PDT · by EBH · 81 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/28/12
    US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations, a US officer has said in comments carried in US media. Army Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of US special forces in South Korea, told a conference held in Florida last week that Pyongyang had built thousands of tunnels since the Korean war, The Diplomat reported. "The entire tunnel infrastructure is hidden from our satellites," Tolley said, according to The Diplomat, a current affairs magazine. "So we send (South Korean) soldiers and US soldiers to the North to do special reconnaissance."...
  • Don't tell anyone, but that al Qaeda mole op had zero to do with the Obama administration

    05/15/2012 4:36:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 15, 2012 | ANDREW MALCOM
    Here's a disturbing update to last week's amazing story about the U.S. mole who infiltrated al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and thwarted an airliner attack with a more sophisticated underwear bomb. Someone in Washington whose boss stood to gain from an election year story about alert intelligence operatives successfully protecting American voters at great personal risk leaked the heroic story to the Associated Press. The AP held the story until Obama administration sources said the CIA operative was safe. But, it turns out, the mole was not a CIA operative. The Obama administration had nothing to do with the...
  • Officials: Al-Qaida bomber was CIA informant

    05/08/2012 3:29:05 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | MAY 7, 2012 | EILEEN SULLIVAN, MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN
    U.S. and Yemeni officials say the supposed would-be bomber at the heart of an al-Qaida airliner plot was actually an informant working for the CIA. The revelation, first reported by The Los Angeles Times, shows how the CIA was able to get its hands on a sophisticated underwear bomb well before an attack was set in motion. Officials say the informant was working for the CIA and Saudi Arabian intelligence when he was given the bomb. He then turned the device over to authorities. Officials say the informant is safely out of Yemen. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity...
  • Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks

    01/23/2012 6:42:19 PM PST · by oldernittany · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/23/2012 | Greg Miller
    Kiriakou, 47, was a source for stories by The New York Times and other news organizations in 2008 and 2009 about some of the agency’s most sensitive operations after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ......... that the information Kiriakou supplied to journalists ... enabling defense attorneys there to obtain photographs of CIA operatives suspected of being involved in harsh interrogations. Some of the pictures were subsequently discovered in the cells of high-value detainees.
  • A U.S. Commando Team Is Getting Close to the Iran Border

    01/20/2012 10:16:07 AM PST · by nuconvert · 66 replies · 1+ views
    An Army officer speaking on behalf of special forces confirmed on Thursday that a team of "highly trained personnel that excel in uncertain environments" are operating near Iran. Spencer Ackerman just published the scoop on Wired's Danger Room blog: The primary, day-to-day mission of the team, known as Joint Special Operations Task Force-Gulf Coordinating Council, is to mentor military units belonging to the U.S.' oil-rich Arab allies, who collectively are known as the Gulf Coordinating Council. Those Arab states consider Iran to be their primary foreign threat. The task force provides "highly trained personnel that excel in uncertain environments," Maj....
  • Mystery Robot Space Plane Still Flying, 7 Months Later

    11/30/2011 2:52:25 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 49 replies
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. –  The secretive X-37B robotic space plane is about to set its own space-endurance record on a hush-hush project operated by the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. The craft, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle-2, was boosted into Earth orbit atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on March 5. Tomorrow (Nov. 30), the X-37B spacecraft will mark its 270th day of flight — a lifetime in space that was heralded in the past as the vehicle's upper limit for spaceflight by project officials. "It's still up there," U.S. Air...
  • Did Biden’s Loose Lips Sink a Team 6 Airship?

    08/06/2011 2:12:54 PM PDT · by Qbert · 93 replies
    Patterico's Pontifications ^ | 8/6/2011 | Patterico
    After Bin Laden was killed, Robert Gates was insistent that nothing be revealed about the unit that accomplished the deed. But one man could not keep his mouth shut: Joe Biden, who credited the SEALs in a speech: Let me briefly acknowledge tonight’s distinguished honorees. Admiral James Stavridis is a, is the real deal. He can tell you more about and understands the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy SEALs and what they did last Sunday. Further irresponsible leaks from the Obama administration revealed the unit involved, causing the unit members to fear for their...
  • Why the Hurry? Obama's Loose Lips May Have Cost Us Valuable Intelligence

    05/11/2011 6:38:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/11/2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    For a week, people have been asking, “Why won’t the president release Osama bin Laden’s photo?” That’s the wrong question. We should be asking, “Why was Barack Obama in such a hurry to tell us bin Laden was dead?” The White House says the information in bin Laden’s compound is the equivalent of a “small college library,” potentially containing incalculably valuable and unique data on al-Qaeda operations, personnel, and methods. “It’s going to be great even if only 10 percent of it is actionable,” a government official told Politico’s Mike Allen. I’m no expert on such matters — though I’ve...
  • Just another act of deadly treason

    05/26/2010 2:53:53 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies · 990+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 25, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    Yesterday, The New York Times published another front-page article based on a leaked classified document. This time, it was an order signed by Gen. David Petraeus authorizing black operations against adversaries and such dubious friends as Iran, Syria, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Gee, thanks. We really needed to know that. The world's a better place now. Yet the Times' sin was the lesser one. The paper has long since given up any pretense of patriotism. (Ugh! Yuck!) Its editors are just publishing and perishing as citizens of the world. It's whoever leaked the document that bears the burn-in-hell blame. We...
  • Washington Post Article Saved the Life of Terrorist Anwar Al Awlaki

    05/24/2010 5:46:49 PM PDT · by jveritas · 85 replies · 2,681+ views
    May 24 2010 | jveritas
    In his most recent interview with an Al Qaeda media outlet terrorist “Anwar Al Awlaki” the US born Al Qaeda terrorist said that he stopped his communications when he read in the Washington Post that he is being tracked by US intelligence. He said that once he stopped his communications he left the area in Yemen where he was hiding and then this area was bombed by US airstrikes. He also said that both terrorists “Nidal Hassan” who killed 13 of our troops at Fort Hood and “Omar Farouk Abd Al Moutaleb” who had the failed terrorist attack on the...
  • "U.S. official set up private spy network in Pakistan: NYT

    03/15/2010 12:04:04 AM PDT · by Cindy · 38 replies · 715+ views
    DAWN.com ^ | Monday, 15 Mar, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON: A US official identified as Michael Furlong organised a network of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan with the purpose of finding and killing suspected militants, The New York Times reported Monday. Citing unnamed military officials and businessmen in Afghanistan and the United States, the newspaper said Furlong, who works for the Defence Department, hired contractors from private security companies that employed former CIA and Special Forces members. These people gathered intelligence on the whereabouts of suspected militants and the location of insurgent camps, the report said. After that, the information was sent to military units and intelligence...
  • Holding Holder In Contempt

    03/12/2010 6:27:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 24 replies · 1,383+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 12, 2010 | Editorial staff
    The Senate Judiciary Committee has cause to consider finding Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress. During his confirmation process last year, Mr. Holder withheld a tremendously important legal brief from the committee. Combined with a series of other occasions on which the attorney general has stonewalled congressional queries, this new revelation reflects so badly on Mr. Holder's ethics that it puts in doubt his fitness for office. This wasn't just any old legal brief. It was a brief (actually, two of them on the same basic case) before the Supreme Court regarding one of the most...
  • Israeli raid called off after Facebook slip

    03/03/2010 11:36:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 41 replies · 1,508+ views
    JERUSALEM, Israel (AP) -- The Israeli military says a planned raid on a West Bank village was called off after an Israeli soldier disclosed its details online. The military says the combat soldier posted the time and location of the raid on his Facebook page . . .
  • DOJ: Department Of Jihad?

    02/24/2010 4:26:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 595+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 24, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War On Terror: The Justice Department employs nine lawyers previously involved in the defense of terrorist detainees. This is a colossal conflict of interest. Just whose side are they on? From the dropping of a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party to the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammed in a civilian court within blocks of where the World Trade Center once stood, the actions and attitudes of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder toward the thugs and terrorists who threaten us has grown curiouser and curiouser. We may now have a clue as...
  • Newsweek Gives Heads Up To Terrorist Networks

    02/15/2010 10:41:28 AM PST · by paustin110 · 7 replies · 355+ views
    And So it Goes in Shreveport ^ | 02/15/2010 | Pat Austin
    Once again, the liberal, clueless media goes where they shouldn't. Via Newsweek's aptly named blog, Declassified, we learn for the first time that: "U.S. intelligence officials appear to have obtained access to what could turn out to be a significant trove of phone numbers, photographs and documents detailing the links between Al Qaeda's leaders in northwest Pakistan and the terror group's increasingly menacing affiliate in Yemen, two counter-terrorism sources tell Declassified." The arrest, made in late January, had not been made public until now...until Newsweek spills it:...
  • Fox News 'Hats Off' To FReeper Governsleast On Obama Admin Leak On Mutallab Talking

    02/06/2010 12:58:28 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies · 1,870+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On February 2nd, NBC correspondent Pete Williams announced Breaking News during the 5 PM ET edition of Hardball: the Christmas Day Bomber, Umar Abdul Mutallab, was giving fresh, actionable information to the FBI which the United States is in turn "aggressively chasing down." Less than an hour later, this NewsBuster [AKA FReeper governsleast] blogged on the matter, wondering whether by leaking the news, "the Obama administration compromised national security," in an attempt to deflect the criticism it had been receiving for mirandizing Mutallab rather than treating him like the enemy combatant he is. On today's Fox News Watch, panelist Jim...
  • Loose Lips

    02/05/2010 5:23:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,122+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Holder's decision to Mirandize the Christmas bomber was bad enough. Telling the world he was talking again waseven worse Security: The administration says the Christmas bomber is now cooperating with authorities. We thought they got all the information he had in a 50-minute chat. So just why are we letting our enemies know he's talking? In any war, it's vitally important that you know what your enemy is planning and doing, just as it's important that your actions and plans remain secret. And when you know about your enemy's plans it's important they don't know that you know. We were...
  • More CYA From The Obama White House…Christmas Day Bomber Now Talking Because Of Family

    02/03/2010 9:07:14 AM PST · by Starman417 · 23 replies · 479+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-03-10 | Curt
    It only took a public thrashing to get Obama and pals to figure out that hey, maybe we want to get this Christmas Day Bomber to cooperate after all: The Nigerian man accused of trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day has been cooperating with investigators since last week, discussing his contacts in Yemen and providing intelligence in multiple terrorism investigations, officials said Tuesday. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s cooperation could prove to be a national security victory and a political vindication for President Barack Obama, who has been under fire...
  • WH claims to use family to crack EunuchBomber ( Christmas Day Bomber )

    02/03/2010 10:16:00 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 418+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 10:55 am on February 3, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    After being embarrassed by a report on the breakdown of counterterrorism efforts before Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded a Northwest flight in Amsterdam for Detroit and a series of Congressional appearances that demonstrated a lack of communication in the decision to treat the terrorist as a criminal rather than an enemy at war, the White House has begun to push back.  Citing unnamed “officials,” the AP reports that the FBI and the CIA have begun to get information from Abdulmutallab despite having clammed up after getting Mirandized.  The key, they claim, was to get his family involved in breaking his resistance:...
  • Officials: FBI Cracked Bomb Suspect Through Family (Obama Betrays Abdulmutallabs With Leaks)

    02/02/2010 5:47:08 PM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies · 1,719+ views
    AP via The Houston Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, February 2, 2010 | Matt Apuzzo and Pete Yost
    The Nigerian man accused of trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day has been cooperating with investigators since last week and has provided fresh intelligence in multiple terrorism investigations, officials said Tuesday. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's cooperation could prove to be a national security victory and a political vindication for President Barack Obama, who has been under fire from lawmakers who contend the administration botched the case by giving Abdulmutallab the right to remain silent, rather than interrogating him as a military prisoner. In the days following the failed bombing,...
  • Has White House Compromised Security To Make Itself Look Better About Mirandizing Mutallab?

    02/02/2010 3:02:41 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies · 623+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Has the Obama administration compromised national security by leaking the fact that it's obtaining actionable intelligence from Umar Mutallab? On this afternoon's Hardball, Justice Department correspondent Pete Williams reported the breaking news that Obama admin officials have told him that the Christmas Day bomber, Umar Mutallab, is providing actionable, fresh intelligence. View video here.
  • TSA subpoenas bloggers, demands names of sources

    12/30/2009 6:23:49 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies · 1,346+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec.30, 2009 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON – As the government reviews how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is going after bloggers who wrote about a directive to increase security after the incident. TSA special agents served subpoenas to travel bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott, demanding that they reveal who leaked the security directive to them. The government says the directive was not supposed to be disclosed to the public.
  • The Facilitating Leaks Act

    12/26/2009 5:18:18 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies · 597+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 4, 2010 (print) | Fred Barnes
    The title of the legislation is innocent enough: the Free Flow of Information Act. The motivation behind it is a seemingly worthy one. It would give anyone in the media a shield--special protection--against being forced to reveal the names of confidential sources of information. And the result would be more and more information flowing freely to the American people, satisfying their right to know. ... You may wonder why Congress is bothering to create a media privilege in federal cases at this time. It's not as if critical, top secret information isn't flowing to the media at a record pace....
  • AP Accidentally Releases Employee Notes Regarding Polanski Extradition Story

    09/27/2009 8:06:00 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 44 replies · 2,553+ views
    AP ^ | 09/27/09 | AP
    — OK, can you do some more probing? New York will want to know frank's out today. i checked already, and so did zurich. they say the question is irrelevant. he answered me with the quote i used, about we knew when he was coming this time. he's been here many times in the past, we think. thx brad. aptn is aware, but unfortunately won't make it in time, but is hoping to catch tail end. i'm pushing out another writethru with some more background details before press conference. no surprise, new york is really hot on this. they particularly...
  • NY TIMES Reveals Another US State Secret

    08/21/2009 9:05:49 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 772+ views
    Why would the New York Times divulge information that could prove harmful to the national security of the United States? Is it so consumed is it by hatred of anything outside their left wing agenda that the paper actually wants America to lose the war on terror. One case in point was an article the Times published on June 30, 2008, Amid U.S. Policy Disputes, Qaeda Grows in Pakistan, which quoted from a "highly-classified Pentagon order" describing internal disputes at the Pentagon over plans to capture Osama Bin Laden and defeat al Qaeda. In June 2006, both The New York...
  • CIA Had Secret Al Qaeda Plan

    07/12/2009 6:21:48 PM PDT · by balls · 44 replies · 1,604+ views
    WSJ ^ | SIOBHAN GORMAN
    WASHINGTON -- A secret Central Intelligence Agency initiative terminated by Director Leon Panetta was an attempt to carry out a 2001 presidential authorization to capture or kill al Qaeda operatives, according to former intelligence officials familiar with the matter. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said CIA Director Panetta, above, told lawmakers Vice President Cheney ordered information be withheld from Congress. . The precise nature of the highly classified effort isn't clear, and the CIA won't comment on its substance. According to current and former government officials, the agency spent money on planning and possibly some training. It was acting on a 2001...
  • Cheney linked to cover-up

    07/12/2009 7:57:09 AM PDT · by LibertyJihad · 39 replies · 1,358+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | July 12, 209 | Wire Reports
    Subhead of this Sunday's print edition of the Dallas Morning News reads, "0Agency reported to have hidden secret counterterrorism project from Congress on ex-VP's order." The first paragraph reads, "The Central Intelligence Agency withheld informatin about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eigght years on diret orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency's director, Leon Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday."
  • Obama admits US involvement in Iran coup in 1953

    06/04/2009 1:32:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 283 replies · 11,006+ views
    AFP ^ | 6/4/2009
    US President Barack Obama made a major gesture of conciliation to Iran on Thursday when he admitted US involvement in the 1953 coup which overthrew the government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. "In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government," Obama said during his keynote speech to the Muslim world in Cairo. It is the first time a serving US president has publicly admitted American involvement in the coup. (snip) Obama also said: "For many years, Iran has defined itself in part by its opposition to...
  • Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker

    05/18/2009 8:54:18 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 49 replies · 2,348+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2009 | Jonathan Passantino
    Vice President Joe Biden, well-known for his verbal gaffes, may have finally outdone himself, divulging potentially classified information meant to save the life of a sitting vice president. According to a report, while recently attending the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, an annual event where powerful politicians and media elite get a chance to cozy up to one another, Biden told his dinnermates about the existence of a secret bunker under the old U.S. Naval Observatory, which is now the home of the vice president. The bunker is believed to be the secure, undisclosed location former Vice President Dick Cheney...
  • Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker

    05/17/2009 5:47:09 AM PDT · by Pondo · 69 replies · 3,575+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 17, 2009 | Fox News
    Vice President Joe Biden, well-known for his verbal gaffes, may have finally outdone himself, divulging potentially classified information meant to save the life of a sitting vice president. According to a report, while recently attending the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, an annual event where powerful politicians and media elite get a chance to cozy up to one another, Biden told his dinnermates about the existence of a secret bunker under the old U.S. Naval Observatory, which is now the home of the vice president. The bunker is believed to be the secure, undisclosed location former Vice President Dick Cheney...
  • Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker

    05/17/2009 10:51:35 AM PDT · by Doogle · 121 replies · 3,684+ views
    FOX news ^ | 05/17/09 | Doogle
    The vice president, well-known for his verbal gaffes, confirms at a dinner the existence and location of a secret hidden bunker that Cheney is believed to have used after the 9/11 attacks.
  • Torture memo has put US in danger, CIA tells Barack Obama

    04/21/2009 5:15:57 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 80 replies · 2,250+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | April 21, 2009 | Tim Reid
    President Obama visited the CIA headquarters yesterday to placate officials dismayed by his decision to release top secret “torture” memos, a move that has provoked accusations that he is willing to compromise America’s safety out of political correctness. Mr Obama’s first visit to the CIA, to boost morale there and shore up his own reputation, came as his decision to release the memos detailing brutal interrogation sessions of terror suspects continued to attract criticism. There were claims from inside the agency’s ranks that the move had undermined its ability to extract vital intelligence from America’s enemies, and could even blow...
  • Obama defends secret memo release to CIA employees

    04/20/2009 3:30:24 PM PDT · by Justaham · 12 replies · 479+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-20-09 | Pamela Hess
    WASHINGTON – Days after releasing top-secret memos that detailed the CIA's use of simulated drowning while interrogating terror suspects, President Barack Obama went to the spy agency's Virginia headquarters on Monday to defend his decision and bolster the morale of its employees. "I acted primarily because of the exceptional circumstances that surrounded these memos, particularly the fact that so much of the information was public," Obama said.
  • Colonel Slams Obama's Release of Bush Memos

    04/19/2009 10:50:41 AM PDT · by kellynla · 33 replies · 1,096+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | April 18, 2009 | staff
    former Army colonel says President Obama gave all the terrorists planning to do "bad things" to the United States a huge assurance today when he released memos from the Bush presidency regarding interrogation techniques for such suspects. The actions were "bad form, bad tactics, bad strategy until this war is over," according to retired U.S. Army Col. Bob Maginnis.
  • The Inconvenient Truth About the Released CIA Memos

    04/19/2009 5:45:30 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 7 replies · 482+ views
    The Hill/The Lid ^ | 4/19/09 | The Lid
    The U.S. Justice Department released four memos last week that show the agency’s lawyers approval of the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of such techniques as sleep deprivation, slapping, nudity and waterboarding. The memos also discussed how far interrogators are allowed to go. Almost an outline of what terrorists have to train for. It has been reported the release was made over the objections of CIA director Leon Panetta. The purpose of the interrogation methods has nothing to do with gaining confessions for some military or civilian trial. The CIA used those methods to get information and prevent future terror attacks....
  • Former Bush officials slam release of torture memos

    04/17/2009 1:20:26 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 16 replies · 922+ views
    YahooNews ^ | 04/17/09 | YahooNews
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Amid calls for torture prosecutions, former Bush administration officials Friday slammed President Barack Obama's release of terror interrogation memos, warning the move would fuel "timidity and fear" among US spies. Unhappy with Obama's promise not to prosecute CIA officials, human rights groups have demanded criminal investigations of officials who approved or used the interrogation techniques chillingly detailed in the Justice Department memos. But in an editorial in The Wall Street Journal, former CIA director Michael Hayden and former attorney general Michael Mukasey charged that disclosure of the memos "was unnecessary as a legal matter, and is unsound...
  • Barack Obama Reveals George Bush's 'Torture' Techniques

    04/16/2009 10:21:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 36 replies · 1,112+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | April 16, 2009
    Barack Obama reveals George Bush's 'torture' techniques President Barack Obama has disclosed the controversial CIA interrogation techniques of the Bush administration, including the threat of stinging insects, simulated drowning and depriving prisoners of sleep for up to 180 hours. By Alex Spillius in Washington 16 Apr 2009 Leg shackles on the floor at at the U.S. Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Photo: REUTERS The US government released four memos written by the Justice Department in 2002 and 2005 to provide legal cover for methods that have been widely criticised as torture and which the new president has already disowned....
  • Obama Releases Bush Torture Memos

    04/16/2009 4:39:50 PM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 43 replies · 3,489+ views
    Guardian ^ | 4/16/09 | Ewen MacAskill
    Barack Obama today released four top secret memos that allowed the CIA under the Bush administration to torture al-Qaida and other suspects held at Guantánamo and secret detention centres round the world. But, in an accompanying statement, Obama ruled out prosecutions against those who had been involved. It is a "time for reflection, not retribution," he said. Ten techniques are approved, listed as: attention grasp, walling (in which the suspect could be pushed into a wall), a facial hold, a facial slap, cramped confinement, wall standing, sleep deprivation, insects placed in a confinement box (the suspect had a fear of...
  • Obama May Release Details of CIA’s Interrogation Methods Used on Terror Suspects

    04/16/2009 3:20:09 AM PDT · by Hanna548 · 21 replies · 2,650+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 15, 2009 | Brit Hume
    Our sister publication, The Wall Street Journal, reports that President Obama is considering the release of CIA memos revealing in detail the interrogation techniques used in questioning terror suspects in the desperate days and months after 9/11. The president's decision will tell us much about him. It is no secret that U.S. intelligence agents subjected key captives to rough treatment to extract information. Senior intelligence officials have said that the information obtained was some of the best they got and was vital to preventing further attacks. But the methods were harsh, to include the simulated drowning known as water boarding,...
  • Obama Weighs Airing CIA Tactics

    04/14/2009 5:10:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies · 1,787+ views
    Obama Weighs Airing CIA Tactics Top Officials at Odds Over Whether to Withhold Some Details in Interrogation Memos By EVAN PEREZ and SIOBHAN GORMAN WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is leaning toward keeping secret some graphic details of tactics allowed in Central Intelligence Agency interrogations, despite a push by some top officials to make the information public, according to people familiar with the discussions. These people cautioned that President Barack Obama is still reviewing internal arguments over the release of Justice Department memorandums related to CIA interrogations, and how much information will be made public is in flux. Among the...
  • Did Dianne Feinstein's senior moment put American solidier in danger?

    02/17/2009 6:08:11 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 26 replies · 1,644+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | Feb. 17, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Sources have forwarded this Report news of a serious gaffe by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. It proves she apparently has no business chairing the Senate Intelligence Committee. This serious embarrassment was virtually smothered by American media outlets. The CIA and The Pentagon refused to comment on this matter when questioned by The UK’s Daily Telegraph. In a breathtaking example of incompetence Feinstein publicly revealed a military secret during an open Committee hearing last Friday. In what must have been a “senior moment” the new Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, confirmed that American unmanned drone spy planes are being launched...
  • Senior Dianne Feinstein Just Can't Keep Her Pie Hole Shut

    02/16/2009 9:34:01 AM PST · by ElKafir · 12 replies · 1,241+ views
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    Here is another example of a lib passing military secrets to the enemy. Where is the outrage of those who thought Cheney and Bush should hang for "blowing" the cover of an agent not currently undercover? Read on
  • EDITORIAL: Did blabbermouth Feinstein spill secrets?

    02/16/2009 8:36:55 AM PST · by kellynla · 29 replies · 1,417+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 16, 2009 | staff
    When reporters asked President Franklin Roosevelt where Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle's raiders launched their daring 1942 raid on the Japanese mainland, he puckishly answered, “from our new secret base at Shangri-La.” Contrast Roosevelt's slyness with Sen. Diane Feinstein's recent comment regarding the secret location of the launch sites for Predator hunter/killer drones — “As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base.” Sen. Feinstein's defense for discussing this highly sensitive information, that she was only repeating what she read in the papers, is greatly unconvincing. It is true that the Washington Post first reported Predators operating out...
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    02/15/2009 9:23:59 PM PST · by stolinsky · 17 replies · 2,425+ views
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced that U.S. drone aircraft are flying from bases within Pakistan. This revelation embarrasses the Pakistani government and endangers the lives of U.S. and Pakistani personnel.
  • Sen Feinstein Leaks Classified Information On US Drones

    02/13/2009 7:26:00 PM PST · by newbie2008 · 43 replies · 1,964+ views
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an airbase inside that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counterterrorism collaboration with the United States. The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land. At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise at Pakistani opposition to the ongoing campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against Al Qaeda targets along...
  • Predator drones flown from base in Pakistan, U.S.

    02/12/2009 11:15:06 PM PST · by genghis · 48 replies · 1,754+ views
    chicogo tribune ^ | 2/13/09 | greg miller
    WASHINGTON, D.C. A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an airbase inside that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counterterrorism collaboration with the United States. The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land. At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise at Pakistani opposition to the ongoing campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against Al Qaeda targets along Pakistan's...