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DOD to Gain Exclusive Control of U.S. Drone Program

Senior U.S. government officials reportedly disclosed to The Daily Beast that the U.S. drone program, which is currently dually run out of the CIA and Department of Defense (DOD), will soon shift such that it will be within the exclusive control of the DOD. Daniel Klaidman, contributor for The Daily Beast, offers the following likely […]

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Apr 12th, 2013 Current Affairs

President Napolitano Pardons Colonel Romano in CIA Rendition Case

BBC reports that Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has pardoned U.S. Air Force Colonel Joseph Romano, one of twenty-three Americans tried and convicted in Italy for their roles in the CIA operation to abduct Abu Omar. Colonel Romano was the only one of the convicted U.S. citizens who was not a CIA employee. As the article […]

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Apr 8th, 2013 Current Affairs, Terrorism

CIA Officer Who Participated in Destruction of Interrogation Tapes Moves into Coveted Agency Position

Intelligence officials reported to The New York Times that a C.I.A. officer who directly participated in the destruction of agency interrogation videotapes in 2005 has, at least temporarily, moved into a top position in the C.I.A.’s National Clandestine Service. The agent is still undercover and, therefore, she remains anonymous. The National Clandestine Service is a branch […]

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Mar 31st, 2013 Current Affairs, Inteligence

OSJI Releases Report on CIA Rendition Program

The Guardian reports that a document was recently published by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) detailing the extent of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program.     According to the report, at least fifty-four countries were involved in the global kidnapping, detention, and torture operation that followed the 9/11 attacks. The report further states: There […]

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Kiriakou Headed to Prison

The New York Times reports that ex-CIA officer John Kiriakou will be sentenced to thirty months in prison pursuant to a plea agreement. Kiriakou admitted to leaking the name of a covert officer to a freelance news reporter in violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which protects undercover agents specifically. Kiriakou is the first […]

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Jan 17th, 2013 AIII Courts, Current Affairs

President Obama Announces Nominations for New National Security Team

Last Monday President Obama publicly announced his nominations for his new national security team, according to the Washington Examiner. Former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has been nominated as the next Secretary of Defense, drawing objections from democrats and republicans alike, and John Brennan, a 25-year C.I.A. veteran, has been nominated as the next Director […]

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Jan 12th, 2013 Current Affairs

Senate Intelligence Committee Approves “Highly Critical” Report on CIA Detention Program

The New York Times reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee approved findings in a classified and “highly critical” report on the CIA’s detention program. The article states that a 9-6 majority approved the document, which details the brutal treatment of Qaeda captives following 9/11. Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein issued a statement, saying: [The report] uncovers startling […]

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European Court of Human Rights Holds CIA Rendition Program Violated Man’s Rights

According to The New York Times, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the rights of Khaled el-Masri, a German man who was mistakenly identified as a terrorist and abducted nine years ago, were violated by the CIA’s rendition program. This decision, The Times reports, cannot be appealed. The article goes on […]

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Petraeus Resigns as Head of CIA

CIA director David Petraeus submitted a letter of resignation on Friday that has been accepted by President Obama, according to USA Today.  The USA Today article states that Petraeus cited an extra-marital affair with his biographer as the reason for his resignation, which, Petraeus said, followed 37 years of marriage. The Associated Press reports that the […]

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Nov 12th, 2012 Current Affairs

DOJ Grants Immunity in CIA Torture Case

ABC News reports that the United States government has officially closed the investigation into the alleged torture of CIA detainees during the Bush Administration. No one will be prosecuted. The investigation centered on the deaths of Gul Rahman, a suspected Afghan militant, and an Iraqi prisoner, Manadel al-Jamadi. Rahman froze to death in 2002 at Salt […]

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