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SpyTalk: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

CIA death at Salt Pit gets fresh attention

The story of a prisoner’s death eight years ago at the Salt Pit, a secret CIA facility in Afghanistan, is starting to unfold like “The Tell-Tale Heart.” In the Edgar Allen Poe masterpiece, a frazzled man tells the story of...

By Jeff Stein  | April 2, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Intelligence  | Tags:  CIA inspector general, CIA interrogations in Afghanistan, CIA renditions, David Boren, Gul Rahman, John Helgerson, John Sifton, Marcy Wheeler, Salt Pit, Stephen R. Kappes, enhanced interrogation techniques  
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CIA’s top spy: No losses from waterboarding ban

Michael Sulick, head of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, told a student audience last week that the spy agency has seen no fall-off in intelligence since waterboarding was banned by the Obama administration. "I don’t think we’ve suffered at all...

By Jeff Stein  | April 1, 2010; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  CIA's dirty tricks, Catholics and torture, Fordham University, Michael Sulick, National Clandestine Service, Obama's waterboarding ban, balancing civil liberties and security, morality of drone attacks, spying challenges, torture, waterboarding  
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Annals of crime: the FBI's continuing computer woes

About two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, an FBI agent assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center had an eye-opening computer experience. With the click of his mouse on a desk top icon, he could see all the overnight classified...

By Jeff Stein  | March 31, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Justice/FBI  
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Beyond Moscow subway bombings, Russia-U.S. intelligence bond limited

The FBI office in Moscow has a “great relationship” with its Russian counterpart and is likely querying U.S. intelligence databases for information that could help solve the massive train bombing there, a knowledgeable source said Tuesday. But as time has...

By Jeff Stein  | March 31, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Intelligence  
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The haunting of Nada Prouty, a counterterrorism heroine

Nada Nadim Prouty has been completely exonerated by the CIA, but no matter: Federal prosecutors and conservative writers who convicted her as a Hezbollah spy in print, if not in court, three years ago, are unrelenting. 60 Minutes ran...

By Jeff Stein  | March 30, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI  
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CIA and Yemen playing a doubles game

If Yemen seems like a terrorist playground today, the answer might be that its top intelligence service is run by jihadis. According to a report in the reliable Paris-based Intelligence Online newsletter, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, “who has...

By Jeff Stein  | March 29, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Intelligence  | Tags:  Afghanistan, David Ignatius, Ghaled al-Qimch, Intelligence Online newsletter, John O. Brennan, Nidal Hasan, Osama Bin Laden, PSO, Pakistan, Political Security Organization, Qaeda, Saudi Arabia, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Yemen. CIA  
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