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Maybe we need a 9/11 Commission

Posted by Charles II on August 11, 2011

Jason Leopold, Truthout:

in a stunning new interview made available to Truthout that is scheduled to air on a local PBS affiliate in Colorado tonight, former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, for the first time, levels explosive allegations against three former top CIA officials – George Tenet, Cofer Black and Richard Blee – accusing them of knowingly withholding intelligence from the Bush and Clinton White House, the FBI, Immigration and the State and Defense Departments about two of the 9/11 hijackers who had entered the United States more than a year before the attacks. Moreover, Clarke says the former CIA officials likely engaged in a cover-up by withholding key details about two of the hijackers from the 9/11 Commission.

“It’s not as I originally thought, which was that one lonely CIA analyst got this information and didn’t somehow recognize the significance of it,” Clarke said during the interview. “No, fifty, 5-0, CIA personnel knew about this. Among the fifty people in CIA who knew these guys were in the country was the CIA director.”

That’s an allegation that surfaced in Lawrence Wright’s groundbreaking book, “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and The Road to 9/11.” Wright, who interviewed Clarke for his book, said a team of FBI investigators and federal prosecutors known as Squad I-49 came to believe that the CIA “was shielding Mihdhar and Hazmi because it hoped to recruit them”

No, this doesn’t mean that George Bush authorized 9/11. It means that CIA management was negligent to the point of incompetence. But this is why it was such a mistake to have a presidential commission led by whitewashers like Lee Hamilton and infiltrated by White House staff, Philip Zelikow, serving as commission counsel.

For the record, the CIA denies that Tenet knew about these guys ahead of time.

Posted in CIA, FBI, terrorism, World Trade Center | 8 Comments »

US has secret prisons. It just doesn’t own or operate them.

Posted by Charles II on July 13, 2011

Jeremy Scahill of The Nation has an excellent article and interview on why we should be skeptical about the Administration’s claims to have ended torture. I should note that Scahill nowhere alleges torture–just ill-treatment and extreme isolation. But where there is no judicial oversight, abuses are sure to follow.

From the article:

Nestled in a back corner of Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport is a sprawling walled compound run by the Central Intelligence Agency. … The site… is guarded by Somali soldiers, but the Americans control access. At the facility, the CIA runs a counterterrorism training program for Somali intelligence agents and operatives aimed at building an indigenous strike force capable of snatch operations and targeted “combat” operations against members of Al Shabab, an Islamic militant group with close ties to Al Qaeda.

As part of its expanding counterterrorism program in Somalia, the CIA also uses a secret prison buried in the basement of Somalia’s National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters, where prisoners suspected of being Shabab members or of having links to the group are held. Some of the prisoners have been snatched off the streets of Kenya and rendered by plane to Mogadishu. While the underground prison is officially run by the Somali NSA, US intelligence personnel pay the salaries of intelligence agents and also directly interrogate prisoners.

This is not what I voted for in November, 2008. It doesn’t matter whether this is part of the US government or whether the operations have been outsourced to Somali contractors for deniability. It’s wrong.

Posted in Africa, CIA, torture | 1 Comment »

CIA engaged in propaganda inside US; Michigan professor suppressed

Posted by Charles II on June 16, 2011

Via Marcy Wheeler, we learn that the CIA is operating inside the US to influence public opinion, in open violation of the law. We find out in a small way: the David Low of the CIA asks Glen Carle (also of the CIA) what dirt they have on Juan Professor Cole (he did not ask him to use the apparatus of the CIA to obtain dirt, but clearly he would not have rejected any dirt that had appeared in the CIA’s files in the course of normal operations).

Now, Marcy focuses on whether the right’s noise machine may have been used by the CIA to block Cole’s appointment to Yale, which falls into the category of a Nixonian dirty trick. Cole himself focuses on speaking engagements that dried up. And the latter is probably plainly, black letter law illegal, since it is affects public opinion. The CIA is not supposed to attempt to influence US public opinion. Preventing someone from speaking implies that there is an alternate message that the CIA preferred. For one message to be preferred is what constitutes propaganda.

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Truth, too late

Posted by Charles II on April 10, 2010

Peter Kornbluh of National Security Archive, in Politics Daily:

On the morning of Sept. 21, 1976, former Chilean foreign minister Orlando Letelier and two young colleagues drove to work in the scenic Washington neighborhood known as Embassy Row. As Letelier’s Chevrolet Chevelle passed the residency of the Chilean ambassador and rounded Sheridan Circle, a bomb placed under the driver’s seat by agents of the Chilean secret police detonated. Letelier, a vocal critic of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, died at the scene. His 26-year-old colleague, Ronni Karpen Moffitt, bled to death from a shard of metal that struck her jugular vein. Her husband, Michael Moffitt, was blown out the back window of the vehicle and survived….

Five days before the Letelier-Moffitt assassination, Kissinger called off a planned warning to Pinochet and other South American military leaders against orchestrating “a series of international murders” of their opponents around the globe.

The secretary “has instructed that no further action be taken on this matter,” stated a September 16, 1976 cable sent from Africa…

Is there any real doubt that Henry Kissinger and the CIA were behind Operation Condor? Why have the authors of these murders been hidden from us for 44 years?

Posted in CIA, history, Latin America | 3 Comments »

Why not? They already tap American phones and read American e-mail.

Posted by Charles II on October 22, 2009

Noah Schachtman, Wired:

America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.

In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available, but often hidden in the flood of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports generated every day.

Visible crawls over half a million web 2.0 sites a day, scraping more than a million posts and conversations taking place on blogs, online forums, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon. (It doesn’t touch closed social networks, like Facebook, at the moment.) Customers get customized, real-time feeds of what’s being said on these sites, based on a series of keywords. …

Visible already keeps tabs on web 2.0 sites for Dell, AT&T and Verizon. For Microsoft, the company is monitoring the buzz on its Windows 7 rollout. For Spam-maker Hormel, Visible is tracking animal-right activists’ online campaigns against the company.

If they’re going to browse, they could at least buy something.

Posted in CIA, computers and software, totalitarianism | 8 Comments »

Lockerbie: What The US Press Won’t Tell You

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 23, 2009

Namely, that there’s evidence that Iran, not Libya, did the bombing — but that the CIA did its best to pin it on Libya so that Iran, who was holding some American citizens hostage at the time, could be persuaded to free them.

So yes, when the cancer-stricken al-Megrahi was greeted as an innocent man by his hometown after being freed, this wasn’t the Libyans thumbing their noses at the US as our press has framed it, but their honest (and probably accurate) belief.

Posted in CIA, Iran, Iran Contra, media, Media machine | 2 Comments »

Monday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 27, 2009


Wind power is poised to resume its breakneck growth next year. It also may well be one of the mechanisms that lifts America out of the recession.

— Secrets of the CIA’s “ghost flights” (extraordinary renditions) are about to be revealed.

— Speaking of the CIA, some former DEA agents are really ticked off at the Agency.

Work is beginning to prepare the US electrical grid for the growth of wind power.

Posted in CIA, economy, energy, wind power | 1 Comment »

Iran And Leftist Confusion

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 28, 2009

Howie Klein turned his blog over to his good buddy Reese Erlich so Erlich could do an announcement regarding the mis-citing of his book The Iran Agenda:

When I returned from covering the Iranian elections recently, I was surprised to find my email box filled with progressive authors, academics and bloggers bending themselves into knots about the current crisis in Iran. They cite the long history of U.S. interference in Iran and conclude that the current unrest there must be sponsored or manipulated by the Empire.

That comes as quite a shock to those risking their lives daily on the streets of major Iranian cities fighting for political, social and economic justice.

Some of these authors have even cited my book, The Iran Agenda, as a source to prove U.S. meddling. Whoa there, pardner. Now we’re getting personal.

Go read the whole thing. It’s instructive.

Posted in CIA, Internet, Iran | 7 Comments »

FDL And What The TradMed’s Slow To Emphasize WRT CIA’s Attacking Pelosi

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 19, 2009

First Marcy Wheeler, then Walter Pincus, write that the CIA’s reaction to the release of the torture memos is grounded in the belief that they are being hung out to dry for decisions made by Bush, Cheney and Yoo.

Fire Dog Lake: Where you can read tomorrow’s TradMed headlines today!

UPDATE: Politics Daily notes that former senator Bob Graham’s own notebooks indicate that Pelosi, not the CIA, is in the right here. Of course, you would have already known this if you’d been reading Marcy over at FDL. What’s more, you also would know that both Marcy Wheeler and Spencer Ackerman have reported that congressman David Obey (D-WI) has come forward to describe the CIA’s briefing timeline errors.

Funny how you don’t see this news plastered all over the front pages of the FOX, CNN, or MSNBC websites — or leading their TV newscasts — isn’t it?

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The CIA is lying

Posted by Charles II on May 16, 2009

Jason Leopold, Truthout:

[C]laims that Democrats were fully briefed on the Bush administration’s torture program have been leveled as recently as last December by Vice President Dick Cheney and in books by former Bush officials such as John Yoo, the former deputy assistant attorney general at the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), who helped draft one of the four memos released last week.

But the veracity of those assertions have been called into question by former CIA official Mary O. McCarthy, who said senior agency officials lied to members of Congress during an intelligence briefing in 2005 when they said the agency did not violate treaties that bar, cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees during interrogations, according to a May 14, 2006, front-page story in The Washington Post.

“A CIA employee of two decades, McCarthy became convinced that ‘CIA people had lied’ in that briefing, as one of her friends said later, not only because the agency had conducted abusive interrogations but also because its policies authorized treatment that she considered cruel, inhumane or degrading,” The Washington Post reported.

“In addition to CIA misrepresentations at the session last summer, McCarthy told the friends, a senior agency official failed to provide a full account of the CIA’s detainee-treatment policy at a closed hearing of the House intelligence committee in February 2005, under questioning by Rep. Jane Harman (California), the senior Democrat,” The Washington Post reported.

Posted in CIA, torture | 9 Comments »

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