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Spy bloggers not ‘friending’ U.S. targets, Centcom says

The U.S. Central Command says its new “Persona” social media "infiltration" software is designed to cozy up to extremist bloggers overseas, not law-abiding Americans chatting on Facebook or similar sites. Earlier this month, the Web buzzed with a report that...

By Jeff Stein  | March 2, 2011; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Media, Military  | Tags:  Gen. David Petraeus; Aaron Barr; HBGary Federal; Gen. Michael V. Hayden; Shannen L. Rossmiller  
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Gaddafi poison-gas videos fakes or frauds

You Tube videos purporting to show Moammar Gaddafi’s preparations for using chemical weapons on protesters are either crude propaganda or the product of Libyans who simply don’t know what they are looking at--or both, experts say. One of the videos...

By Jeff Stein  | March 1, 2011; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Media, Military  
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Ex-CIA analyst Patrick Eddington accuses agency of ‘sitting on’ Gulf War illness documents

A former CIA intelligence analyst says in a new book that the agency is “sitting on” 1.5 million documents that could shed new light on the mysterious maladies that have afflicted veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. 
“Twenty years...

By Jeff Stein  | February 17, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Media, Military  
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Egyptian police training giving FBI a black eye

Like everything else in the close U.S.-Egyptian security relationship, Washington’s training program for Cairo's police and intelligence agencies is giving the U.S. a steadily darkening black eye. A headline in Thursday’s London Telegraph shouted, “Egyptian 'torturers' trained by FBI.” The...

By Jeff Stein  | February 10, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Media, Military  
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CIA shakeup a bad idea, some old spies say

CIA veterans say a report that the agency is radically reorganizing its spy service is probably overblown, and if it’s not, it's an idea that should be shot down, as has happened in the past. U.S. News reported Tuesday that...

By Jeff Stein  | February 9, 2011; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Intelligence, Media, Military  | Tags:  Leon Panetta; George Little  
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Bush not at risk of arrest in Europe, experts say

European law enforcement officials and other experts say the chances of George W. Bush being arrested on war crimes charges in Switzerland--or anyplace else on the continent--are almost nil. Headlines and assertions by human rights groups that the former president...

By Jeff Stein  | February 8, 2011; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Lawandcourts, Media, Military  | Tags:  George W. Bush; Armando Spataro; Dick Marty; Gavin Sullivan; John Dinges; Amnesty International  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Rethinking the OSS and CIA, Jeff Stein , January 20, 2011
Clapper flunks ABC's quiz on London terror case , Jeff Stein , December 21, 2010
Islamic group asks DoJ to review police training, Jeff Stein , December 20, 2010
CIA's new top dog makes Christmas party debut, Jeff Stein , December 5, 2010
WikiLeaks: Ahmed Wali Karzai wanted polygraph, Jeff Stein , November 29, 2010
CIA Director Panetta warns employees on leaks, Jeff Stein , November 8, 2010
CIA renegade Agee’s files surface at NYU , Jeff Stein , October 25, 2010
A subterfuge by a group of ex-spies?, Jeff Stein , September 24, 2010
Koran-burning idea ignites Jihadi Web sites, Jeff Stein , September 10, 2010
CIA Red Cells and common sense, Jeff Stein , August 29, 2010
A Harman, but not Jane, may inherit Newsweek, Jeff Stein , August 16, 2010
Russian spy case didn't take a holiday, Jeff Stein , July 6, 2010
Anna Chapman the movie?, Jeff Stein , July 2, 2010
Maybe thousands more missing at Arlington, Jeff Stein , June 10, 2010
 
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