NSA Spying: What Did Pelosi Know?

According to new revelations from telecommunications company Qwest, the origins of the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretap program predated the 9/11 attacks by seven months. That would mean the terror attacks became a convenient post-facto rationalization for what the White House already wanted to do. But — former CIA analyst Ray McGovern asks — what did Nancy Pelosi and other senior Democrats know then and what will they do about it now?

Published in: on October 16, 2007 at 12:35 am  Leave a Comment  

So Who’s Afraid of the Israel Lobby?

One of the strongest case studies demonstrating the power of the Israel Lobby is the 40-year official silence about the assault on the USS Liberty, an American spy ship that came under merciless attack from Israeli forces during the Six Day War. Only now are some of the secrets starting to spill out. Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern looks at some of this troubling evidence.

Published in: on October 6, 2007 at 11:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

CIA detention program remains active: U.S. official

A secret CIA overseas detention program revealed by President George W. Bush last year remains active and has held at least one al Qaeda militant since then, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

By Randall Mikkelsen

Published in: on October 6, 2007 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Black Sites

A Reporter at Large

A rare look inside the C.I.A.’s secret interrogation program.

by Jane Mayer August 13, 2007

In the war on terror, one historian says, the C.I.A. “didn’t just bring back the old psychological techniques—they perfected them.”

Published in: on August 7, 2007 at 2:04 am  Comments (1)  

CIA discounted British concerns, say MPs

MI5 contributed to the seizure of two British residents by the CIA, which secretly flew them to Guantánamo Bay in a move with “serious implications for the intelligence relationship” between Britain and the US, a cross-party committee of senior MPs said.

Richard Norton-Taylor

Published in: on July 28, 2007 at 3:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Outsourcing Intelligence

Author R.J. Hillhouse on How Key National Security Projects Are Contracted to Private Firms

Author R.J. Hillhouse caused a stir in Washington last month when she revealed more than 50 percent of the National Clandestine Service has been outsourced to private firms.

Published in: on July 28, 2007 at 1:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Plame’s lawsuit in leak case dismissed

The former CIA operative, Valerie Plame, has lost a lawsuit that demanded money from Vice-President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials whom she blamed for leaking her secret agency identity.

Published in: on July 20, 2007 at 11:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bush Admits White House CIA Leak

Wall Street Journal

AP WASHINGTON — President Bush acknowledged publicly for the first time Thursday that someone in his administration “perhaps” leaked the name of a CIA operative.

Perhaps NOW we can impeach???

Published in: on July 12, 2007 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Senators Say They Will Call On Patrick Fitzgerald To Testify

Today on CNN’s Late Edition, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Arlen Specter (R-PA), the committee’s top Republican, announced that they were interested in calling Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to testify about the CIA leak investigation.

Published in: on July 9, 2007 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment  


The world that Bob made
The new US secretary of defense travels the American world, to Kabul and Baghdad in particular, where he frets about Tehran – only to find himself confronting the consequences of the misdeeds of his younger self. In the first two parts of this three-part series, Roger Morris covered the world and spy agency that “made Bob”. Now, he turns to the world that Bob made. It’s a tale of terror bombs and secret plots, of internecine warfare within the CIA and in the Hindu Kush.
Part 1: The tortured world of US intelligence
Part 2: Great games and famous victories

Published in: on June 27, 2007 at 4:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Where’s the CIA’s Missing Jewel?

What’s the missing jewel?

The CIA’s Family Jewels

Published in: on June 27, 2007 at 3:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

CIA conspired with mafia to kill Castro

Agency publishes secret documents detailing plot 702 pages reveal illegal activities up to 1973

Simon Tisdall in Washington-Wednesday June 27, 2007

Published in: on June 27, 2007 at 3:50 pm  Comments (1)  

Documents Offer Unflattering View of CIA

Little-known documents now being made public detail illegal and scandalous activities by the CIA more than 30 years ago: wiretappings of journalists, kidnappings, warrantless searches and more.

Unflattering? That’s a nice way to put it.

Published in: on June 23, 2007 at 1:07 am  Leave a Comment  


Anyone who wants to understand what really goes on in the Mideast should have a look at the scandal that erupted earlier this month over the outsized character of Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia.

By Eric Margolis

Published in: on June 20, 2007 at 5:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Boeing’s Frequent (Kidnapping) Flyers

George W. Bush’s presidential library is not likely to include the story of Binyam Mohammed

Give Me Liberty
by Nat Hentoff

Published in: on June 14, 2007 at 11:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

CIA running black propaganda operation against Iran, Syria and Lebanon, officials say

Some intelligence sources more wary of covert Pentagon operations

by Larisa Alexandrovna

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

How George Tenet Lied

Former CIA Director George Tenet has made the rounds of the talk shows flacking his semi-tell-all book and insisting that he really did believe Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.

However, as former CIA analyst Ray McGovern writes, the evidence actually shows that Tenet and his superiors in the Bush administration knew better.

Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Woodward vs. Tenet

The new intelligence war.

by Jeffrey Goldberg May 21, 2007

[Thx SA]

Published in: on May 12, 2007 at 6:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tenet-Bush Pre-9/11 ‘Small Talk’

George Tenet’s memoir sheds new light on the Bush administration’s failure to act aggressively on alarming intelligence in summer 2001 about an impending al-Qaeda attack. Not only did the CIA demand an extraordinary meeting with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice in July and send a blunt briefing paper to George W. Bush in August, but Tenet followed up with a personal visit to Bush’s Texas ranch. However, that meeting slid into small talk about the ranch’s “flora and fauna.”

Published in: on May 6, 2007 at 9:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Reaping the Whirlwind

My Years at the CIA

Reviewed by Bob Woodward

Published in: on May 6, 2007 at 8:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tenet’s Disgraceful Apologia

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern cuts through Tenet’s self-serving rhetoric

By Ray McGovern

Published in: on May 5, 2007 at 12:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

George Tenet, Spook for All Seasons

The former CIA chief seems strangely oblivious that his self-serving defense is shredding the remains of his reputation.

By Sidney Blumenthal

May. 03, 2007 | If former CIA director George Tenet’s “At the Center of the Storm” were an intelligence operation, it would have to be assessed as achieving precisely the opposite of the results intended. Tenet hoped that his elaborate apology for his government service would cast him as honest, prudent and professional; his admission of his own mistakes would shine a light on his integrity; his disclosures of the machinations of Vice President Dick Cheney and the neoconservative cabal would show him as a truth teller; and his refusal to say nary a bad word about President Bush would demonstrate his respect for the presidency.

Published in: on May 2, 2007 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

George Tenet on the staircase with the neocons

In his book and on TV, former CIA Director George Tenet remembers all the things he should’ve said before we invaded Iraq but didn’t.

By Juan Cole

Apr. 30, 2007 | The French call it “the spirit of the staircase” (l’esprit d’escalier), (more…)

Published in: on May 2, 2007 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Better Never Than Late

May 2, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

Instead of George Tenet teaching at Georgetown University, George Tenet should be taught at Georgetown University.

There should be a course on government called “The Ultimate Staff Guy.” A morality saga about how much harm you can do as a go-along, get-along guy, spending so much time trying not to alienate the big cheese so he doesn’t can you that you miss the moment where you have to can him or lose your soul. (more…)

Published in: on May 2, 2007 at 9:31 am  Comments (1)  

Tenet: “Will Never Give That Medal Back”

A group of former CIA intel officials recently wrote to Tenet, saying, “The reality of Iraq, however, has not made our nation more secure nor has the cause of human liberty been advanced. In fact, your tenure as head of the CIA has helped create a world that is more dangerous. We believe you have a moral obligation to return the Medal of Freedom you you received from President GW Bush.

Published in: on May 1, 2007 at 11:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-CIA analyst: Forged ‘yellowcake’ memo ‘leads right back to’ Cheney

A former CIA analyst claims that falsified documents which were meant to show that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein regime had been trying to procure yellowcake uranium from Niger can be traced back to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson Show, Ray McGovern who served in the CIA for twenty-seven years, said, “the [forged] memo leads right back to the doorstep of the Vice President of the United States

Published in: on May 1, 2007 at 8:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

More Like an Air Ball

April 28, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist


Poor Slam Dunk.

Not since Madame Butterfly has anyone been so cruelly misunderstood and misused. Slam Dunk says that when he pantingly told the president that fetching information on Saddam’s W.M.D. would be a cinch, he did not mean let’s go to war.

Published in: on April 27, 2007 at 11:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-C.I.A. Chief, in Book, Assails Cheney on Iraq

George J. Tenet said vice president and others pushed the country into war without ever conducting a “serious debate.”

Published in: on April 26, 2007 at 9:52 pm  Comments (1)  

Making Terror-War on Cuban Families?

In light of the recent release of Louis Posada Carriles, here is a piece written by John Bomar about two years ago when he was on trial in the United States for immigration charges.

It was October 6, 1976, and the voice on the phone said, “A bus with 73 dogs on board went off a cliff and all got killed.” The message had been relayed to Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada in Venezuela from one of their two employees who had recently arrived in Barbados. Except, it wasn’t a bus, it was an airplane — Cubana flight 455 from Caracas, Venezuela. (more…)

Published in: on April 22, 2007 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Will Democrats Cave on Iraq Funds?

George W. Bush has summoned the congressional Democratic leaders to the White House so he can tell them face to face to give him an Iraq War spending bill with no timetables or other strings attached. In this essay, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern looks at the likelihood that the Democrats will crumble in their confrontation with Bush’s triumph of the will.

Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

CIA Torture and Khalid Sheik Mohammed

The Sheikh and The Torture Senator

By US Army Reserve Colonel (Retired) Ann Wright

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 10:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

CIA Leak Hearing: 20 Different Disclosures Of Plame’s Covert Identity By White House, State Dept. Officials

Chart as Displayed During Today’s Congressional Oversight Hearing During the Testimony of the Outed CIA Agent…

REP. PAUL HODES (D-NH): Let me ask you, looking at this chart, are you surprised that so many people had access to the classified information about your CIA employment?

MS. PLAME WILSON: Yes, I am, Congressman. And I’m also surprised at how carelessly they used it. (Chart provided)

Published in: on March 20, 2007 at 12:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Top Secret Gov’t Spying Room Revealed by AT&T Whistleblower

Watch the video

Published in: on March 8, 2007 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mr. President, the CIA Is Already Talking to Syria

If you don’t believe me, just ask Maher Arar.

Jacob G. Hornberger

Published in: on March 3, 2007 at 1:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spy Chief Warns Situation in Iraq Going the Wrong Way

The nation’s spy chief says the security and political trends in Iraq are moving “in a negative direction.”

Published in: on February 27, 2007 at 10:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Is This America?

Canada apologizes to its citizen kidnapped by CIA; U.S. keeps him on its terror list
by Nat Hentoff

Published in: on February 22, 2007 at 9:33 am  Leave a Comment  

Was She Covert? More on Valerie Plame

by Larry Johnson

Sorry to again beat what some of you may believe is a dead horse, but a reporter from a major news organization told me today that they are still arguing in his/her newsroom about whether Valerie Plame was covert. The journalist who told me this is a talented, smart person but is still confused about the terms “covert”, “cover”, and “non-official cover”. So here’s my gift to confused journalists.

Published in: on February 21, 2007 at 11:23 am  Leave a Comment  

Italy Indicts 31 in ’03 C.I.A. Abduction Case

A judge Friday indicted 26 Americans and five Italians in the abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect on a Milan street in what would be the first criminal trial stemming from the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program.

Published in: on February 17, 2007 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Libby and Cheney Chickenhawk their Way out of Testifying in CIA Leak Case

Scooter Libby had no problem leaking the identity of a CIA operative to cover up a lie. He had no problem lying about the leak under oath to a grand jury. But now Libby and his defense team have decided to cut and run [1] from defending his actions at his own trial. Even his old boss, Dick Cheney, won’t have to account for what happened.

Published in: on February 15, 2007 at 6:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

CIA interrogator jailed over prisoner death

A FORMER CIA contractor has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison today for assaulting an Afghan prisoner who later died.

Published in: on February 14, 2007 at 7:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Agent Ties Firing to CIA Pressure on WMD

A federal judge has ruled that a CIA agent identified only as “Doe,” allegedly fired after he gathered prewar intelligence showing that Iraq was not developing weapons of mass destruction, can proceed with his lawsuit against the CIA.

Published in: on February 14, 2007 at 7:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Role of the Big Guys Is Becoming Clear in Plame Case

By Joe Conason

At long last, the fog of mystification generated by the Bush administration and the Washington media is lifting, so that everyone can see clearly why I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is on trial and why his prosecution is important. Whether or not the jury eventually finds the former White House aide guilty of perjury, the evidence shows that his bosses, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, have misled the public from the very beginning about the vengeful leaking of Valerie Plame Wilson’s CIA identity.

Published in: on February 12, 2007 at 5:41 pm  Comments (1)  

Pentagon unit defied CIA advice to justify Iraq war


. ‘Alternative’ agency set up to link Saddam to al-Qaida
· Mainstream intelligence was cast aside, Senate told

An “alternative intelligence” unit operating at the Pentagon in the run-up to the war on Iraq was dedicated to establishing a link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida, even though the CIA was unconvinced of such a connection, the US Senate was told yesterday.

Published in: on February 10, 2007 at 10:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Secret Government

Bill Moyers, the respected TV journalist, analyzes the threats to constitutional government posed by an illegitimate network of “superpatriots”, spies, profiteers, mercenaries and ex-generals. His documentary gives a fascinating overview of what has actually happened in the last 50 years regarding the CIA and the Cold War (including Iran, Guatamala, Cuba, Vietnam and Chile). He features such people as Ralph McGeehee and Phil Retinger (both former CIA agents), Rear Admiral Gene La Rocque (Ret. U.S.N.), Theodore Bissell (active in the CIA at the time), Sen. Frank Church and many others.

Published in: on February 4, 2007 at 8:22 pm  Comments (2)  

Dick Cheney Was Briefed by CIA on Niger

Larry Johnson says: The Republican-led Senate Select Intelligence Committee claimed in July 2004 that:

The CIA sent a separate version of the assessment to the Vice President which differed only in that it named the foreign government service.


Published in: on February 4, 2007 at 3:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Victim of US torture flights wins £4.5m in damages

A Canadian citizen who spent more than 10 months under torture in a Syrian prison after being swept up in the CIA’s secret “extraordinary rendition” programme received a written apology from his government yesterday and C$10.5m (£4.54m) in compensation.

The case of Maher Arar, a Syrian-born wireless technology expert whose life and career were devastated by what his lawyers call a smear campaign by the Canadian police, is the best-known example to date of the US practice of rendition – in which suspects are flown to other countries for interrogation under less humane conditions – during the “war on terror”.

Published in: on January 27, 2007 at 11:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Former Cheney aide testifies in CIA leak trial

Says she told Libby of Wilson-CIA operative connection earlier on

Can’t help thinking I hope nothing happens to her!

Published in: on January 25, 2007 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Prosecutor says Libby destroyed Cheney memo

Fitzgerald says VP told his former top aide about CIA agent’s identity

Published in: on January 23, 2007 at 12:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Intel: A Writer’s Blocked

A CIA panel has told former officer Valerie Plame she can’t write about her undercover work for the agency, a position that may threaten a lucrative book project with her publisher.

Published in: on January 9, 2007 at 2:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

CIA Immune System Still Working

Lies have consequences.

Ray McGovern and W. Patrick Lang

Published in: on January 7, 2007 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment