Category Archives: CIA

Two Years Ago — CIA Director Pompeo “We Must Steal Secrets With Audacity!” (July 15 2017)

“I got a call from the President one afternoon back in April. He wanted to talk about some disturbing images that were coming in from Syria. I’m sure you saw many of them yourselves — scenes of innocent civilians writhing … Continue reading

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Three Years Ago — Hollywood and the CIA : A peek behind the curtains (July 15 2016)

“I would regularly bump into a parade of Hollywood types, including Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. I often wondered why these actors were allowed to walk around a top-secret facility. Because he’s going to be playing a CIA guy in a … Continue reading

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On This Day — The Intelligence Identities Protection Act (June 23 1982) [UPDATE : CIA wants new “covert agents” definition]

“The legislation ultimately will harm, not help, our national security interests (…)  If left to stand, it will curtail legitimate journalistic scrutiny of a particularly important and sensitive area of government, creating the possibility that wrongdoing or wrong-headedness could flourish in … Continue reading

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Chief Judge Colleen McMahon: “CIA Disclosures To One Are Disclosures To All” [UPDATE III]

“The CIA is spectacularly terrible at responding to FOIA requests. It’s so bad it’s highly possible the perceived ineptness is deliberate. The CIA simply does not want to release documents. If it can’t find enough FOIA exemptions to throw at … Continue reading

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On This Day — The Intelligence Identities Protection Act (June 23 1982)

“The legislation ultimately will harm, not help, our national security interests (…)  If left to stand, it will curtail legitimate journalistic scrutiny of a particularly important and sensitive area of government, creating the possibility that wrongdoing or wrong-headedness could flourish in … Continue reading

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Order of Succession Within the Central Intelligence Agency [June 14 2019]

“The following officers of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in the order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties of the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA), during any period in which the D/CIA has died, … Continue reading

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On This Day — The Central Intelligence Agency Act Is Signed (June 20 1949) [2019]

“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 … Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — Meet Trump’s New Iran Man : CIA Michael D’Andrea

“Michael D’Andrea has been revealed to be the Chief of the CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center for the last many years. He replaced Robert L. Grenier as head of CTC in 2006. He is well known as the originator of the … Continue reading

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NYT Apologizes For Misreporting On Skripal Incident

“I made a significant error in my April 16 profile of Gina Haspel. It took a while to figure out where I went wrong. Here is the correction: […] The intelligence about the ducks and children were based on an … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — CIA Recruiting ‘AN US’ — Russian Speaking — Citizen [UPDATE : Agency Officers Lost in Translation?]

“Are you an US citizen with a college degree? Seriously CIA?” Sujai Shukla @sujaishukla “Seriously?? I think your first order of business should be to hire a proofreader. You made yourselves look like fools. Are you still concerned with the … Continue reading

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