Trump Claims ‘a Million and a Half’ at his Inauguration, Delivers Yuuge Lie in Front of CIA

by  Mark Sumner – Donald Trump appeared at the CIA on Saturday, supposedly to reassure the intelligence community that he supported their work. But instead, Trump had other issues to discuss. Standing in front of the CIA’s memorial wall of agents who died in the line of service to the nation, Trump let fly, telling the CIA know who America’s real enemy is. “I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth. They made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. … exactly the opposite.” Apparently Trump’s Twitter account is part of the dishonest media. But after telling the story of how the rain miraculously stopped when he was delivering his speech on Friday, he had an example of the media’s dishonesty—the size of his inauguration crowd. “We had something like a million and a half people....

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I Ran the C.I.A. Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton

by teacherken – Michael Morrell was the Deputy Director of the CIA, and served as Acting Director. His career spanned 6 Presidents, from Carter and Reagan to Obama, 3 of each party.  In this op ed in todays’ New York Times (whose title I have borrowed),  he writes I was at President George W. Bush’s side when we were attacked on Sept. 11; as deputy director of the agency, I was with President Obama when we killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. Not registered with a party (which applies to all of us in Virginia), he has voted for candidates of both parties during the past 40 years, and has never before publicly expressed his choice for President. No longer. On Nov. 8, I will vote for Hillary Clinton. Between now and then, I will do everything I can to ensure that she is elected as our 45th president. Morrell was not...

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Turns out Fox News’ Go-To ‘CIA Expert’ is a Con Man, not Really a CIA Anything

by Walter Einenkel – Wayne Simmons has been a go-to expert for Fox News. The guy was a retired CIA operative! He fought in the War on Drugs—deep cover-style! He wrote a book a la John LeCarre! Federal prosecutors are saying Wayne Simmons is a big fat liar liar pants on fire! In an indictment unsealed Thursday, they said Simmons’s claim that he worked for the CIA for 27 years was false. He was arrested and charged with false statements, major fraud against the U.S. and wire fraud.The indictment did not specifically call out as fictitious all of the work Simmons claimed to have done, and indeed, it acknowledged that he had won jobs with government contractors overseas. Those jobs, though, came only after Simmons “falsely represented … that he had spent 27 years working in ‘Outside Paramilitary Special Operations’ for the CIA,” prosecutors wrote in the indictment. Here’s something from...

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CIA Continues to Deny Use of Torture, Shrugging Off Prosecutions Outside the US

by Aisha Maniar, Truthout | News Analysis – Eight former CIA officials have issued a rebuttal to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s use of torture. The publication, Rebuttal: The CIA Responds to the Senate Intelligence Committee‘s Study of Its Detention and Interrogation Program, which was released on September 9, marks the latest development in the ongoing effort to deny US involvement in international crimes against humanity. While almost complete secrecy continues to shroud the CIA’s use of torture since 2001, there are many people, from privately contracted psychologists to state agents, who are fully aware of the past and possibly ongoing use of torture by the CIA. And in early August 2015, a former senior CIA official admitted to the BBC that the CIA’s techniques, such as waterboarding, were indeed torture. The December 2014 publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report, which examined the CIA’s use...

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CIA’s #2 Debunks Fox News And The Benghazisteria Once And For All

by CHARLES TOPHER – Benghazisteria has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? For going on three years now, Fox News and the minions of madness the right-wing adores have been harping on a single incident in Libya to keep the low-information voters that are their base focused on anything but Republican policies. Michael Morell, former deputy director and one-time acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has finally come forward to school the ill-informed on the realities of how the intelligence community works and why the hype over Benghazi is just that: Hype. In a scathing article for Politico, Morell takes the Benghazi boneheads to the woodshed, offering the real-world view of what so many have distorted for political gain: “Like clockwork, every several weeks, someone discovers a new document that, to their minds, “proves” that what the administration and the intelligence community have been saying about Benghazi is...

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Cheney Calls Torture Report A Crock, Says He’d ‘Do It Again In A Minute’

by ZACK FORD – Before the Senate Intelligence Committee’s extensive report on the forms of torture used on Guantanamo Bay detainees was released this week, former Vice President Dick Cheney was already defending the CIA’s actions. The report ended up containing graphic details about the various techniques used and concluded that none of them actually helped in the gathering of intelligence. Sunday morning, Cheney sat down with Meet The Press‘ Chuck Todd to nevertheless reject the report as a “political cheap shot” and defend all of the actions the administration took, claiming that the system “worked” to help keep the country safe. Todd opened the interview by asking Cheney to define “torture.” Cheney responded, “Torture to me is an American citizen on his cell phone making the last call to his 4 young daughters before he burns to death in the upper levels of the Trade Center in New York...

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Private Donors Supply Spy Gear to Cops

There’s little public scrutiny when private donors pay to give police controversial technology and weapons. Sometimes, companies are donors to the same foundations that purchase their products for police by Ali Winston and Darwin Bond Graham – In 2007, as it pushed to build a state-of-the-art surveillance facility, the Los Angeles Police Department cast an acquisitive eye on software being developed by Palantir, a startup funded in part by the Central Intelligence Agency’s venture capital arm. Originally designed for spy agencies, Palantir’s technology allowed users to track individuals with unprecedented reach, connecting information from conventional sources like crime reports with more controversial data gathered by surveillance cameras and license plate readers that automatically, and indiscriminately, photographed passing cars. The LAPD could have used a small portion of its multibillion-dollar annual budget to purchase the software, but that would have meant going through a year-long process requiring public meetings, approval...

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Five Takeaways from the Newly Released Drone Memo

By Brett Max Kaufman, Legal Fellow, ACLU National Security Project – Monday morning, a federal appeals court released a government memorandum, dated July 16, 2010, authorizing both the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen, in Yemen. The publication of the Office of Legal Counsel memo comes, as the court noted, after a lengthy delay. The ACLU (along with the New York Times) has been fighting for this memo since we first asked for it in a Freedom of Information Act request submitted in October 2011. Today’s release by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is an important victory for transparency. But while the memo advances the public record in significant ways, it still does not answer many key questions about the government’s claimed authority to kill U.S. citizens outside of active battlefields. Here are several important takeaways from...

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