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Obama on bin Laden pics: ‘We don’t trot out this stuff out as trophies’

In an interview that will air on CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday, President Barack Obama said that he will not release post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden to dispel conspiracy theories. CNN and Fox News confirmed the decision Wednesday. “It is very important for us to make sure that very graphic…

Osama bin Laden was prepared to flee before he was killed

Al-Qaeda leader and elusive terrorist Osama bin Laden was prepared to flee his Abbottabad hideout on a second’s notice, new information shows. Bin Laden had 500 Euros cash (equal to about $740 U.S.) and two telephone numbers sewn into the clothes he was wearing when he was killed in the…

Iran’s Ahmadinejad in new showdown with conservatives

TEHRAN — Iran is bracing for a fresh showdown between supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and some conservatives as simmering tensions build in the run-up to the March 2012 parliamentary election. The aborted resignation of Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi set off a conservative storm against the president’s entourage, with the…

CIA faces reduced role in Pakistan after murder row

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful spy agency appears to have gained the most from a CIA contractor’s release, by forcing the U.S. agency to recognize its importance to the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, and curtailing American activities in Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Wednesday acquitted CIA contractor Raymond Davis, 36,…

’40,000 violations of the law’ in FBI snooping: report

Companies ‘all too willing’ to comply with FBI requests for personal information, EFF says As the US prepares once again to extend the Patriot Act, a new report from a privacy watchdog indicates that the FBI’s use of the law and other surveillance powers may have led to as many…

Revealed: US refused to aid Polish probe of CIA black site detailed by Raw Story in ’07

A secret terrorism “black site” prison in Poland, confirmed to exist in documents first detailed by a 2007 exclusive report for Raw Story, was the subject of an international dispute between US and Polish authorities, an official document released Tuesday revealed. Poland’s request for US cooperation in a probe of…

Exclusive: ‘The Fourth Estate is dead,’ former CIA analyst declares

‘The Empire’ is ‘being threatened by a slingshot in the form of a computer’ Traditional lines of communication between the people and the press have fallen into such disrepair in America that a whole new approach is necessary to challenge the military-industrial-governmental complex, according to a former CIA analyst sympathetic…

No charges to be filed in destruction of CIA tapes

There will be no criminal charges over the destruction of CIA tapes showing interrogation of terrorism detainees, according to a new report. Federal prosecutors have determined that there is not enough evidence to bring charges, two sources have told NPR. The statue of limitations expired Monday so no future prosecutions…

UK spy boss defends secrecy, nukes key threat

Britain’s top spy, in the first public speech by a serving UK espionage chief, said on Thursday terrorists might hit the West again “at huge human cost” but nuclear proliferation by states was a more far-reaching danger. Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) chief John Sawers, in an address to the Society…

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