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SpyTalk: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Fired DIA officer challenges security-clearance removal

A decorated former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, who served at one time as an aide to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Colin Powell, continued his court fight this week to demolish the government’s right to revoke security clearances and fire employees...

By Jeff Stein  | August 19, 2010; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Intelligence, Lawandcourts  | Tags:  Colin Powell, John C. Dullahan, Mark S. Zaid  
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No ‘dirty bomb’ plot, South Africa says

An “industrial nuclear device” seized in a dramatic Pretoria police bust last month was radioactive cesium destined for a mining company in the Congo, not a terrorist group, a South African police office told SpyTalk on Thursday.

By Jeff Stein  | August 19, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Homeland Security, Intelligence, Lawandcourts  
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Mosque fight helps al-Qaeda, says former FBI interrogator

Ali Soufan, reputed to be the FBI’s most skillful terrorist interrogator after the Sept. 11 attacks, asserted Wednesday that opposition to building a mosque near Ground Zero is helping al-Qaeda. “There are many reasons for supporting the Muslim community's right...

By Jeff Stein  | August 18, 2010; 8:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Pentagon psy-ops unit also does domestic disaster aid

If a conspiracy theorist wanted to level a finger at preparations for a government take-over in the United States, he could do worse than visit a little-known air base at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., about a two-hour drive across the...

By Jeff Stein  | August 17, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Homeland Security, Intelligence, Military  
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A Harman, but not Jane, may inherit Newsweek

Sidney Harman, the 92-year-old technology titan who recently bought Newsweek from The Washington Post Co., says the future leadership of the weekly could include his children, throwing cold water on speculation that his wife, Jane, the chairman of an important...

By Jeff Stein  | August 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Financial/business, Intelligence, Media  
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