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US condemns killing of Pakistani journalist

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the abduction and murder of a Pakistani journalist who had written about alleged links between the Pakistani military and Al-Qaeda. “The United States strongly condemns the abduction and killing of reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad,” she said in a statement. “His…

CIA used stealth drones to monitor Bin Laden: report

WASHINGTON — The CIA flew stealth drones on dozens of secret missions deep into Pakistan to monitor Osama bin Laden’s compound before US commandos killed him, The Washington Post reported. Citing current and former US officials, the Post said the Central Intelligence Agency used the highly sophisticated unmanned planes to…

Supreme Court refuses ‘extraordinary rendition’ torture case

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would not hear the case of five men who said they had fallen victim to a Central Intelligence Agency practice called “extraordinary rendition,” in which suspects are sent illegally to other countries to be tortured for information. The men, some of whom…

Former Blackwater officials form corporate spying group

The people that operated Blackwater and the military’s pre-9/11 data mining operation Able Danger have a new project: corporate spying services for Fortune 500 companies. Their new company is called Jellyfish Intelligence. “Our organization is not going to be controversial,” Jellyfish CEO and former Blackwater senior executive Keith Mahoney insisted.…

Congress and courts move to curtail corporate leaks

House Republicans introduced legislation yesterday targeting the already-delayed whistleblower rule in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. The proposed change would require corporate whistleblowers to report problems internally before going to financial regulators. The move, backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is just the latest in a series of setbacks…

Some Members of Congress to see bin Laden photos

WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency this week plans to show some lawmakers photos of a deceased Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was killed May 2 in a daring US raid, officials said. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, was to go to CIA…

Do advertisers believe women are people yet? Not really.

This week on the podcast, I was lucky enough to interview the amazing Stephanie Coontz, who is one of the nation's experts in the evolution of family life and women's roles in the 20th century.  In it, we spend some time talking about the amazing levels of overt misogyny women…

Dick Cheney says Obama should reinstate waterboarding program

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that President Barack Obama should put waterboarding back on the table. Intelligence derived from the Bush-era enhanced interrogation program “probably” contributed to the of death Osama bin Laden, Cheney told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “Which raises the question, if we were to now…

Obama to meet privately with secret Navy SEAL team that killed Osama

by Stephen Collinson WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will on Friday meet members of the elite commando team that shot dead America’s top terror target Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, while Islamists are holding protests against the killing. Obama’s meeting was to take place at the Fort Campbell army…

Computers from bin Laden raid a ‘gold mine’ for US

WASHINGTON – Intelligence agencies combing through computers and storage devices found at Osama bin Laden’s compound expect a “gold mine” of data that could expose terror plots, Al-Qaeda figures’ locations and funding sources, ex-US officials said Wednesday. The trove of material hauled away after bin Laden was killed in a…

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