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Report: Spy agencies bust terror plot targeting UK, France, Germany

Intelligence agencies have disrupted an Al-Qaeda-linked plot to launch terror attacks in Britain, France and Germany, a report said, citing intelligence sources. Militants based in Pakistan planned simultaneous strikes in London and major cities in France and Germany, Britain’s Sky News television reported Tuesday, adding the plan was advanced but…

Fox News military propagandist is now a ‘three-star birther’

Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, an Army doctor who is facing a court martial for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan on the grounds that he does not believe President Obama was born in the United States, has gained a prominent supporter. According to a statement issued by the American Patriot Foundation,…

Report: Aide to Afghan president Karzai on CIA payroll

An aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai who is under investigation for corruption is on the payroll of the Central Intelligence Agency, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. Citing unnamed Afghan and US officials, the newspaper said Mohammed Zia Salehi, the chief of administration for Afghanistan’s National Security Council,…

McCain holds up vote on Obama intel chief pick

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Republican US Senator John McCain is holding up a full Senate confirmation vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the US intelligence community, James Clapper, his spokeswoman confirmed Monday. McCain’s use of a senatorial prerogative called a “hold,” which allows individual lawmakers to delay action on…

Husband of powerful intel. committee congresswoman buys Newsweek

Update: Harman has purchased Newsweek, according to Paid Content’s David Kaplan. The magazine was sold for $1 and an agreement to transfer its financial liabilities, which Kaplan noted to be an estimated $70 million. The husband of Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), one of the most powerful Democrats on the House…

Secret US spy agency used serial killer and Nazis as sources

By RANDY HERSCHAFT and CRISTIAN SALAZAR Associated Press Writers It was a night in early November during the infancy of the Cold War when the anti-communist dissidents were hustled through a garden and across a gully to a vehicle on a dark, deserted road in Budapest. They hid in four…

Spy tech that ‘monitors conversations’ being launched in Europe: report

Privacy rights advocates and civil liberties campaigners in Europe are raising the alarm about a new surveillance system that monitors conversations in public. The surveillance system, dubbed Sigard, has been installed in Dutch city centers, government offices and prisons, and a recent test-run of the technology in Coventry, England, has…

Pentagon revives Rumsfeld-era domestic spying unit

The Pentagon’s spy unit has quietly begun to rebuild a database for tracking potential terrorist threats that was shut down after it emerged that it had been collecting information on American anti-war activists. The Defense Intelligence Agency filed notice this week that it plans to create a new section called…

Intel nominee helped enrich contractors as ‘spy for hire’

The chickens-for-checkups candidate may have lost in this week’s Nevada primary, but now the country has a potential Director of National Intelligence whose ability to garner federal money for private contractors once caused him to be compared to Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Sanders. When retired Air Force Lieut. General…

New spy chief who hyped Iraq WMD ‘may invade Finland’

President Obama’s selection of retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr. to serve as the Director of National Intelligence is already drawing fire from a variety of quarters. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was forced to defend Clapper on Sunday against charges that he has failed to keep Congress…

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