Tag Archives: CIA

Treating intelligence like luggage combinations

Of course the president didn’t intentionally leak classified material to Russian officials last week. To say intentions motivate this man suggests trust in his cognitive abilities. Although the Republic has endured luminaries like Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, Warren Harding, and … Continue reading

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The black bag job on Bernie Sanders

No finer evidence of the decadence of the Beltway insider class exists — this week — than POLITICO’s hit piece on some things Bernie Sanders said about the CIA when he still grow linguini from the front of his head: … Continue reading

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Of geniuses, mandarins, and institutionalists

Patrick McGilligan – Young Orson Simon Callow, Clinton Heylin, David Thomson, and the Welles-approved Barbara Leaming have covered this ground, but what distinguishes this SS-20 of a tome is the attention on George Orson’s origins. Raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin by … Continue reading

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Patriotism or iconoclasm? Spielberg wants both in ‘Bridge of Spies’

Thanks to a pungent script and an enigma for a central figure, Lincoln shone as the best of Steven Spielberg’s serious historical pictures (if Raiders of the Lost Ark is discounted). Bridge of Spies, however, belongs in the Amistad camp, … Continue reading

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‘Outright lying and plausible dissimulating continue to be the name of the game’

The CIA has written an exculpatory book regarding its role in torture called, you don’t say, Rebuttal. Philip Giraldi will have none of it: One might well ask whether publishing an ostensibly serious book justifying torture could even happen anywhere … Continue reading

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‘Have I got a deal for you’

Emails published by The Intercept and the New York Times reveal the degree to which the American Psychological Association “secretly coordinated” with the Bush administration to give it the legal imprimatur needed for its torture program: In 2003, the APA … Continue reading

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‘Where all are guilty, none are’

A nightmare that never ends. David Cole has finished the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s torture report, which dominated headlines in the second week of December before vanishing into the abyss because the Obama administration wants to look forward. Among … Continue reading

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‘I mean that diabolical institution, the Inquisition’

An amazing point: These were men not five years removed from a war that had devastated the country itself. They were men who knew full well what place torture had held, and still held, in the governments that had spawned … Continue reading

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Gopnik: ‘the natural and inevitable consequence of an atrocity that took so many lives so quickly’

A day after the release of the Senate report on torture, and commentary continues to eke out. Adam Gopnik: Searching for ultimate responsibility, we look at individuals: at Dick Cheney, clearly engaged and still unrepentant, and at former President George … Continue reading

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What torture means

Which president issued a statement in his name with the following sentences? The core provisions of the Convention establish a regime for international cooperation in the criminal prosecution of torturers relying on so-called ‘universal jurisdiction.’ Each State Party is required … Continue reading

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Lord of collusion

Promising! Human-rights lawyer Scott Horton, who interviewed a wide range of intelligence and administration officials for his upcoming book, “Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy,” told The Intercept that the White House and the … Continue reading

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“It’s an understandable calculus in my mind”

The much-hyped CIA report will emerge, albeit redacted and shorn of suggestions for prosecuting Bush administration officials who rewrote constitutional law allowing torture. Why? Right. In the name of comity: In voting in March 2009 to review the CIA’s Rendition, … Continue reading

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