On This Day — The Crash of PAK-1 (August 17 1988)

“Of all the violent political deaths in the twentieth century, none with such great interest to the U.S. has been more clouded than the mysterious air crash that killed president (and Army Chief General) Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan in (August) 1988, a tragedy that also claimed the life of the serving American ambassador and most of Zia’s top commanders”.

Barbara Crossette — New York Times South Asia bureau chief from 1988 to 1991

“As a general rule, complex international cases are hard to solve, and nothing about the process of investigating them ever seemed to be straightforward. This was especially true in this crash investigation, where a confluence of suspects and a dearth of information made an already challenging job that much more difficult.”

Fred Burton — Former deputy chief of counterterrorism at the Diplomatic Security Service

“It was the steering mechanism, is the way he described it to me. (…) I had always thought C130s were the workhorses of the air. I was quite surprised when the Air Force described to me what they had discovered.”

Mrs Ely-Raphel — Wife of US States Ambassador to Pakistan, Arnold Lewis Raphel 

On 17 August 1988, General Zia-ul-Haq, the President of Pakistan and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), died in a mysterious C-130 Hercules plane crash. The case was never solved. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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CIA — The Top 10 Myths

“I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency. At least, I would like to submit here the original reason why I thought it necessary to organize this Agency during my Administration, what I expected it to do and how it was to operate as an arm of the President. (…)

We have grown up as a nation, respected for our free institutions and for our ability to maintain a free and open society. There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it.”

Harry Truman (December 22, 1963)

CIA August 14 2018 — In an effort to remain as transparent as possible, the CIA is debunking 10 of the most common misconceptions people have about the Agency. The reader should take these explanations with a pinch of salt. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Breaking News — Trump Revokes Former CIA Director Security Clearance

“It’s astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person. So disheartening, so dangerous for our Nation.”

Former CIA Director John Brennan (August 14 2018)

“I have decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.”

US President Donald Trump (August 15 2018)

Former CIA Director John Brennan

WASHINGTON (August 15 2018) – Today, U.S. President Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Colombia — Former Intelligence Director Convicted for Journalist Murder

“Uribe was considered untouchable and all-powerful until yesterday. This marks a very important precedent.”

Colombian lawmaker Ivan Cepeda

“Álvaro Uribe es peligrosísimo.”

“Lo que nos enseñan a los colombianos no tiene nada que ver con las necesidades que tenemos los colombianos”.

Jaime Garzon

Jaime Hernando Garzón Forero (October 24, 1960 – assassinated August 13, 1999 in Bogotá)

On Tuesday August 14 2018, Jose Miguel Narvaez — a former deputy director of the disbanded Colombian intelligence agency the Administrative Department of Security (DAS for its Spanish acronym) — was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of Colombian journalist Jaime Garzon. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Hollywood — Gal Gadot to Play Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr

“Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.”

“American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts. It seems a very narrow outlook.”

“If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her nude… I hope to make you use your imagination.”

Hedy Lamarr

“We began talking about the war, which, in the late summer of 1940, was looking most extremely black. Hedy said that she did not feel very comfortable, sitting there in Hollywood and making lots of money when things were in such a state. She said that she knew a good deal about munitions and various secret weapons … and that she was thinking seriously of quitting MGM and going to Washington, DC, to offer her services to the newly established Inventors’ Council.”

 George Antheil — Composer, pianist and inventor

A 1940s shot of Lamarr, ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’

According to Hollywood rumors, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is nearing a deal to topline a Showtime limited series from Sarah Treem, co-creator of The Affair. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_Today Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — TRUMP : “Second Amendment People Could Stop Clinton”

“If she [Hillary Clinton] gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do [about your right to bear arms], folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Donald Trump


The Clintons and Trump: They were good friends in those times….

On this day two years ago, Trump probably crossed a red line when he stated that  “Second Amendment people” could stop Hillary Clinton. What are we supposed to make of this suggestion? It is a tad cryptic but most understood that Trump was actually suggesting violence against Mrs. Clinton and/or Supreme Court Judges who would oppose the right to bear arms. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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On This Day — The Philadelphia Experiment (August 12 1943)


KRYPTOS Sculpture (Part II)

“DARPA develops the weapons of the future. It funds everything from basic science to advanced technology, though the ultimate goal is always to develop something that can be used by the military.”

Sharon Weinberger — “The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World.”

On August 12, 1943 — July 22, 1943 and October 28, 1943 are also mentioned in various accounts — the US Navy conducted a test of some sort on the USS Eldridge (DE [Destroyer Escort] 173) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Molly C. H. Hardy [Dec. 15 1946 – Aug. 7 1998]

“For a small cadre of CIA veterans, the death of Osama bin Laden was more than just a national moment of relief and closure. It was also a measure of payback, a settling of a score for a pair of deaths, the details of which have remained a secret for 13 years. Tom Shah and Molly Huckaby Hardy were among the 44 U.S. Embassy employees killed when a truck bomb exploded outside the embassy compound in Kenya in 1998.”

AP 5/29/2011

“Molly exemplified the valor and compassion that are hallmarks of our finest officers.”

CIA Annual Memorial Ceremony — May 22 2012


The Memorial Wall is a memorial at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia. It honors CIA employees who died in the line of service. There are 129 stars carved into the white Alabama marble wall. At least ten represent women.

The Memorial Wall is a memorial at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia. the wall honors CIA employees who died in the line of service. Today, there are 129 stars carved into the white Alabama marble wall. At lest ten represent women. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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CIA & Torture — Gina Haspel Thailand Cables Declassified

“These cables confirm the findings of the Senate Intel report, and show why the release of a nominee’s FULL record before confirmation is absolutely necessary. We shouldn’t rely on restricted & incomplete records to evaluate nominees – whether to the Cabinet or the Supreme Court.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein — Twitter (August 10 2018)

“11 cables withheld during Haspel’s confirmation to be CIA Director reveal the brutal and ineffective torture she oversaw.”

 Marcy Wheeler  (emptywheel) — Twitter (August 10 2018)

“Torture remains an unconscionable act ordered by immoral cowards and carried out by the timid whose wicked souls seek the thrill of power wielded over the defenseless. Torture drains the honor of a nation. Torturers stain the soul of a nation.”

Steven Kleinman — Former Intelligence Officer

Gina Haspel sworn in as Director of the CIA

Newly released cables obtained by the National Security Archive detail torture techniques the CIA used to interrogate Qaeda captives at a secret prison in Thailand. These cables were written by the current CIA Director Gina Haspel who oversaw these interrogations while she was the chief of Station in Thailand. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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CIA Directors [DCI and D/CIA] — Test your “Spy Knowledge” with our Quiz! [2018]

“With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior Agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken. The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that.”

Gina Haspel — CIA Director


How much do you know about spy agencies? Take this quiz to find out your knowledge of the CIA Directors. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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