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Accused swindler Starr invested in ‘private CIA’

Kenneth I. Starr, the disgraced financial adviser with an A-List stable of Hollywood clients, was a major investor in GlobalOptions, a controversial Washington firm that once billed itself as “a private CIA,” financial filings show. Starr is charged with swindling...

By Jeff Stein  | June 11, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Financial/business, Intelligence, Lawandcourts  | Tags:  Al Pacino, Annie Leibovitz, Diane Sawyer, Howard Safir, James Lee Witt, James Woolsey, Martin Scorcese, Neil Simon, Uma Thurman, Wesley Clark, William S. Sessions and William H. Webster  
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Maybe thousands more missing at Arlington

Today’s news that Arlington National Cemetery may have misidentified or misplaced over 200 remains is actually a year old, and only a fraction of the story. At least hundreds more graves -- and perhaps thousands -- may turn out to...

By Jeff Stein  | June 10, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Media, Military  
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Soldiers and diplomats still lack language skills

Can we talk? Not if it’s a foreign language, according to government auditors, who issued a highly critical review of national security agencies’ programs Wednesday. Tucked deep into the Government Accountability Office report was a brief, disparaging passage on the...

By Jeff Stein  | June 10, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Intelligence, Military  
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GAO again slams U.S. national security agencies

Government auditors have once again excoriated U.S. homeland security and defense agencies, saying in a new report Wednesday that they “do not always share relevant information with their national security partners.” The report by the Government Accountability Office, which monitors...

By Jeff Stein  | June 9, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Homeland Security, Intelligence, Justice/FBI, Military  | Tags:  House Armed Services subcommittee on oversight and investigations, John H. Pendleton, Rep. Rob Wittman, Rep. Vic Snyder  
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Still available: Seats on W.H. intelligence board

If not Joe Sestak, who? The White House may have failed to convince the congressman to join the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board in lieu of contesting Arlen Specter’s Senate seat, but the panel still has lots of openings. Seven, to...

By Jeff Stein  | June 8, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Intelligence, Politics  
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Former CIA analyst alleges China-Saudi nuclear deal

A former CIA officer who managed intelligence reports on Saudi Arabia has sent an uncleared manuscript to congressional offices claiming that China supplied nuclear missiles to the kingdom early in the George W. Bush administration. “I believe the People’s Republic...

By Jeff Stein  | June 7, 2010; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Military  
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Wikileaks: CIA studied why people steal secrets

Officials and others pondering why U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning allegedly leaked reams of classified documents to Wikileaks need look no further than a 20-year-old CIA study on moles. Project Slammer, now partially declassified, was based on extensive prison...

By Jeff Stein  | June 7, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI, Lawandcourts, Military  
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Right-wing D.C. think tank spawns Israeli PR blunder

“We think this is an important Israeli contribution to the discussion of recent events,” the Center for Security Policy's Caroline Glick wrote on her Web site Friday, touting a video mocking Monday night's deadly flotilla incident, “and we hope you...

By Jeff Stein  | June 6, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Military  
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