One Year Ago — Is the CIA behind FACEBOOK?

“For example, most people know Google Earth, but many may not realize that the original version of the software was evaluated and supported by the intelligence community well before Google.”

CIA Brian Goral

There is no secret about the CIA, and other US Intelligence agencies, being involved in the early development  stages of major software projects. Google Earth and Palantir Technologies come to mind. Now, a CIA officer claims the Agency developed FACEBOOK too! Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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Poetry as Insurgent Art: Pity the Nation [Lawrence Ferlinghetti]

“If you would be a poet, create works capable of answering the challenge of apocalyptic times, even if this meaning sounds apocalyptic.

You are Whitman, you are Poe, you are Mark Twain, you are Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay, you are Neruda and Mayakovsky and Pasolini, you are an American or a non-American, you can conquer the conquerors with words….”

Lawrence Ferlinghetti — From “Poetry as Insurgent Art”

“When you constantly watch another’s life, All you can do is trip from not watching your own.” We have been a bit too serious these recent weeks. Time for a break and a poem. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Michael Morell: “Let Us Kill Iranians and Russians in Syria!”

“Michael Morell is not a person to be taken seriously for, by trying to act tough, he is simply taking the same line as Hillary Clinton, while angling for a high position under her administration.”

Ray McGovern — Retired CIA analyst

Ray McGovern

Ray McGovern — Retired CIA analyst

Mike Morell, former deputy director of the CIA, discusses the need to put pressure on Syria and Russia. The full conversation aired on PBS on August 8th, 2016. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Seymour Hersh: “Russia Election Hack is a CIA Hoax” [UPDATE — CIA Baer and FBI Marquise]

“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”

Sun Tzu  — The Art of War    

“I am worried that we have collectively lost our minds.”

Former CIA Robert Baer — Email to INTEL TODAY (August 4 2017)

“I can tell you right now Brennan is an asshole. I have known all these people for years. Clapper is — sort of — a better guy but not a rocket scientist. The NSA guys are fucking morons. You know the trouble with all of those guys is that the only way they are going to make it to a board, or two, and get hired (…) to deliver some fat cat contracts is if Hillary stayed in.”

Seymour Hersh [Phone interview]

An extraordinary phone conversation with Seymour Hersh was leaked on internet. Assuming for the moment that the audio is genuine, the content is earth-shaking. Hersh alleges that Seth Rich stole the DNC/Podesta emails and passed them to WikiLeaks. Hersh also claims that the allegation of a Trump-Russia collusion is a disinformation operation organized by John Brennan, the former CIA Director. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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One Year Ago — STINGRAY & Cell Phone Evidence

“Absent a search warrant, the government may not turn a citizen’s cell phone into a tracking device.”

U.S. District Judge William Pauley


Last month (July 2016), U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan ruled that the rights of a defendant had been  violated when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used such a device without a warrant to locate his apartment. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

UPDATE — This device acts as if it was a cell phone tower, and intercepts your phone. Even if you’re not using your phone to actually make a call, the device can still find out exactly where you are. In the last few days, I realized that it is in fact much worse than that. Remember the “Microwave spying” frenzy? As the Russians say, anything whch is  ‘new’ is only part of well forgoten stories… End of UPDATE Continue reading

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Former CIA Chief in Moscow: “Russia Influence. But No Collusion.”

“Overall I have not seen any evidence of anyone actually colluding with the Russians.  [I have not seen any evidence ] of Russian intelligence colluding with a campaign to cause harm to another.”

Daniel Hoffman — Former CIA Chief of Station in Moscow

Daniel Hoffman is a three-time CIA station chief who spent a total of five years in Moscow. Hoffman believes that the infamous June 2016 meeting — attended by Donald Trump Jr., Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, campaign manager Paul Manafort  and Kremlin-connected Russians — points to “a discoverable influence operation rather than some effort to establish a clandestine channel for collusion.” Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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One Year Ago — ISIS, Israel, and Spymasters: A Reality Check

“If our presidents would have just gone to the beach and enjoyed the ocean and the sun, we would’ve been much better off in the Middle East, than all of this tremendous death, destruction, and you know, monetary loss.”

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump


Panelists Tamir Pardo, former Director of the Mossad, and Michael Morell, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, joined moderator Graham Allison, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for a discussion on the global threat posed by Islamic extremist groups. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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One Year Ago — Iranian Nuclear Scientist Shahram Amiri Executed

“Following the reported revelations in the Clinton emails, Amiri was executed for spying. In the Iranian judiciary’s mind, it’s a necessary signal to the US that Iran is aware of their activities in Iran and that this is what is done to those who help the enemy. It’s a textbook spying case.”

Dina Esfandiar — MacArthur fellow at the centre for science and security studies at King’s College London

“This person had obtained top-secret information and established contacts with our number one sworn enemy, America, and passed on our country’s most crucial intelligence to the enemy.”

Tasnim News Agency


Shahram Amiri (8 November 1978 – 3 August 2016) was an Iranian Kurdish nuclear scientist who disappeared from Iran during 2009–2010 under disputed circumstances, and was subsequently executed by Iran

Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri was executed on Wednesday August 3 2016. He was buried in the western city of Kermanshah. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Lockerbie and the SCCRC — A primer from Law Professor Robert Black

“I regard the Lockerbie verdict against Megrahi as a ‘Grand Monument to Human Stupidity’.  Indeed, the written opinion of the Lockerbie judges is a remarkable document that claims an ‘honoured place in the history of British miscarriages of justice.’ If the [SCCRC] Commission accepts the application for a full review, the infamous Zeist verdict doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving.”

INTEL TODAY — July 5 2017

Professor Robert Black

The Lockerbie disaster was Europe’s worst terrorist outrage, but was it also Britain’s biggest miscarriage of justice? On Tuesday July 4 2017, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission [SCCRC] confirmed that it has received a new application to review the conviction in the case of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi. Professor Black — who is known as the architect of the Lockerbie trial — explains for INTEL TODAY the role and competence of the SCCRC. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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One Year Ago — And the Next CIA Boss is…

“My training as an intelligence officer taught me to call it as I see it. This is what I did for the C.I.A. This is what I am doing now. Our nation will be much safer with Hillary Clinton as president.”

Michael J. Morell

John Brennan

John Brennan

Besides John Brennan — the current CIA Director since March 2013 — two serious contenders have emerged for the top job at the Agency. Michael Morell, a former deputy and acting CIA director, as well as Michael Vickers, a former CIA officer and undersecretary of defense for intelligence, are widely considered leading candidates. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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