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?
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.
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
A Reporter at Large
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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???
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.
THE GATES INHERITANCE, Part 3
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
Agency publishes secret documents detailing plot 702 pages reveal illegal activities up to 1973
Simon Tisdall in Washington-Wednesday June 27, 2007
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.
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
Give Me Liberty
by Nat Hentoff
by Larisa Alexandrovna
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.
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.”
Tenet’s AT THE CENTER OF THE STORM
My Years at the CIA
Reviewed by Bob Woodward
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.
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…)
May 2, 2007
By MAUREEN DOWD
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…)
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.
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
April 28, 2007
By MAUREEN DOWD
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.
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…)
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.
By US Army Reserve Colonel (Retired) Ann Wright
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)
Jacob G. Hornberger
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.
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  from defending his actions at his own trial. Even his old boss, Dick Cheney, won’t have to account for what happened.
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.
. ‘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.
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.
The CIA sent a separate version of the assessment to the Vice President which differed only in that it named the foreign government service.
BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT!!!
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”.
Can’t help thinking I hope nothing happens to her!
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.